BINGHAMTON — Tioga’s Tigers and Cooperstown’s Hawkeyes are set to hook up in the New York State Central Region championship game at 11 a.m. today at NYSEG Stadium.
The Section III Class C champion Hawkeyes come in with an impressive 19-5 mark off a clutch 2-1, eight-inning win over an Oriskany team Cooperstown lost to early in the season.
Section IV Class C champion Tioga rides in off a solid 6-5 win over a very good Edison team and sports a 17-4 mark.
Cooperstown, rated sixth in Class C in the latest New York State Sports Writers Association, relies on a pair of sophomore pitchers in Kendall Haney and Chris Ubner. The Tigers will probably see Haney with Ubner ready to go if needed.
The pair are also two of the Hawkeyes’ better hitters for both average and power. Leadoff man Ryan Lansing, a junior, and cleanup hitter Ben Tarofu are also dangerous at the plate.
Tioga, rated eighth in the latest NYSSWA Class C poll, will likely start Pierce Hendershot. The St. Bonaventure-bound senior was 9-2 on the mound this season and sports a .71 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 13 walks in 69 innings. The IAC Division II first-team All-star is also dangerous at the plate. Batting leadoff, Hendershot is hitting at a .542 clip with 11 doubles, 30 runs scored and 17 steals.
He also has help. Junior shortstop Brady Worthing is batting .358 with 11 RBIs, 13 runs scored and 10 steals. If the Tigers need or want to, they can go to Brady Worthing on the mound. He hasn’t allowed a run in 19 innings and has 31 strikeouts.
Junior catcher Mason Booser has a .338 batting average with 17 RBIs and 15 runs. Derrick Gage, a sophomore first baseman, has 12 RBIs and 14 runs on a .324 batting average and is also an option on the hill. Senior outfielder John Worthing may “only” be hitting .290, but he has 20 runs and 16 RBIs.
This should be a good one with the winner back in the Binghamton area next weekend for the final four.