By: Tim Birney | | May 9, 2022 | Photo courtesy Lance Larcom


MANSFIELD — Athens senior Caydence Macik belt a pair of solo home runs, but North Penn-Liberty ace Mackenzi Tice held down the rest of the line-up in a 9-4 win here Monday afternoon in NTL Large School Division softball action.

Macik was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, advanced to second on a walk, and eventually scored on a passed ball.

The Lady Mountaineers answered with three runs — all with two outs — in the first inning, and tacked one more in the second to take a 4-1 lead.

Macik led off the top of the third inning with a blast over the left-field fence, Freshman Jules Pack followed with a single up the middle, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to close the gap to 4-3.

NP-L answered with two runs in the home half of the third to push its lead back to three runs, at 6-3.

After the Lady Mountaineers tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, Macik drilled a one-out solo home run — her 10th of the season — to right field to make it 7-4.

NP-L provided the final margin with two runs in the fifth inning.

Macik hit two solo home runs and scored three runs to pace Athens at the plate, while Pack singled and scored one run, and freshman Ella Coyle added a single.

Freshman Savannah Persun was tagged with the loss, allowing nine runs — six earned — on seven hits, while striking out five and walking five.

Tice earned the win for NP-L, allowing four runs on four hits, while striking out eight and walking one in six innings. Addie Smith struck out one in a perfect inning of relief.

Alexia Kshir and Saige Lehman each had two hits, and Smith and Payton Chapel each had two RBI to lead NP-L at the plate.

Athens, now 7-10, returns to action Saturday against Tioga and Waverly in the “Battle of the Border.”

About the Author

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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).