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THE SPORTS REPORTS: HORSEHEADS' HAYS HEADLINES BAKER'S DOZEN AS BOYS 'NEWCOMER OF THE SPRING;' PAIR OF TIOGA COUNTY ATHLETES MAKE THE LIST (2023-07-07)

The Sports Reports
Horseheads sophomore Micah Hays pitched like a seasoned veteran, despite the fact it was his first varsity campaign. He is The Sports Reports’ 2023 All-Region Boys “Newcomer of the Spring.”

Hays posted a 4-0 record with a 0.87 ERA for the Section IV champion Blue Raiders. He allowed just 20 hits in 40 2/3 innings, and fanned 47.

Hays threw a two-hit shutout to beat Section IV, Class AA champ Elmira during the regular season, and tossed 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball in the Section IV semifinals in a game Horseheads won 1-0 in extra innings.

At the plate, Hays hit .270 with four doubles 12 runs scored, and 13 RBI.

(The Sports Reports covers 24 school districts in four counties, and Corning.)

The 2022-23 Baker’s Dozen Boys “Newcomers of the Spring”
Micah Hays, sophomore, Horseheads:
See above.

Aedan Palmer, freshman, Elmira — baseball: Palmer posted a 6-0 record, with a 1.64 ERA, and 41 strikeouts against just 11 walks for the Section IV, Class AA champion Express.

Peyton McClure, senior, Wellsboro — tennis: In his first season of competitive play, McClure made an immediate impact, going 15-2 at No. 1 singles for the league champs. The senior reached the District 4 singles quarterfinals before falling and joined teammate Jacob Abadi to win two doubles matches at the District Championships.

Griffin Stevens, sophomore, Horseheads — lacrosse: A face-off specialist, Stevens won 70 percent of his face-offs and had 116 ground balls. He was a first-team STAC all-star.

Nasir Bradford, senior, Elmira — track and field: Bradford jumped 6-feet, 2-inches in the high jump, while running 11.50 seconds in the 100.

Braden Woodworth, sophomore, Horseheads — lacrosse: Woolworth had 32 goals and 25 assists, and was a second-team STAC all-star.

Mason Smith, freshman, Troy — baseball: Mason Smith hit .391 average with seven RBI, and 19 runs scored in a season limited to 17 games due to injury.

Sean Bubniak, junior, Waverly — baseball:
Bubniak was 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA. He fanned 38, walked 11, and allowed just 22 hits in a team-high 36 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .255 (13 hits in 51 ABs), with seven doubles, 17 RBI, and 12 runs scored.

Matthias Welles, 8th-grader, Waverly — baseball: Welles, a solid defender at first base, hit .367 (22 hits in 60 ABs), had a .465 on-base percentage,  and a 1.009 OPS. He had one double, three home runs, 24 RBI, 16 runs scored, and one stolen base.

Marco Quiros, sophomore, Sayre: Quiros, who missed more than three weeks of the season due to an injury, finished third in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the NTL Championships, and was sixth in the 400-meter dash. He medaled with an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the District 4 Class AA Championships, was ninth in the 200 — missing out on a medal by 0.003 seconds, and was 13th in the 400-meter dash.

Dylan Johns, freshman, Wyalusing — track & field: Johns was a District medalist in the high jump at 6-feet, 4-inches, and a key member of the NTL’s fastest 4-by-100 relay.

Marek Mascho, freshman, Wellsboro — baseball: Mascho hit .364 and had a .442 on-base-percentage with 24 base hits, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored.

Conlan Taylor, sophomore, Owego — baseball:
Taylor hit .265 (13-49) with three doubles, 13 runs and 12 RBI. He drew 20 walks, stole 12 bases, struck out 11 times, and reached base safely in all but two games. He had a .507 OBP and .808 OPS.  As a relief pitcher, he was 0-0 with one save in eight appearances, striking out 21 and walking just two in 14 innings.
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