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The opposing pitchers whipped up turbulence to match a gusting wind, nearing gale force, as OFA hosted Malone in an early season match of NAC Central Softball contenders on Thursday.

For the second time in two games on the Lady Devils’ diamond a no-hitter materialized as Malone sophomore Alyssa McCauley allowed just three walks winning a stunning 1-0 duel over Brittany Barr who spun a near-perfect no-hitter in OFA’s season opener.

The mound gem came on a day when OFA teams went 0-4 with a 7-3 loss in Boys Lacrosse at St. Lawrence Central, a 21-4 setback in Girls Lacrosse at Indian River and an 8-7 season-opening baseball loss at Malone.

SOFTBALL

Alyssa McCauley retired the first 10 batters, struck out 12 and never allowed a runner past firstbase pitching the Huskies to a 2-0 mark.

Brittany Barr fanned seven and retired 11 straight Huskies in a three-hitter after Whitney Legacy led off the fourth inning with a double and Anne Sharlow followed with an RBI single.

Barr’s closing string was sustained by marvelous diving shoe-string catch by centerfielder Jocelyn Fifield.

“We did a great job in the field and Brittany Barr pitched a great game. The Malone pitcher, Alyssa McCauley, just pitched a little better,” said OFA Coach Meg Bartell who anticipates to another outstanding pitching matchup when the Devils (1-1) visit Canton on Monday in a matchup of last year’s Section 10 Class B Championship game.

“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively today. Right now it is extremely tough to execute the little things you need to do in a game like today. This was only our second game and we didn’t have any scrimmages.”

Meg Fountain singled in the first inning and Brooke Collins singled in the seventh inning for the other Huskie hits of the game.

BOYS LACROSSE

BRASHER FALLS - St. Lawrence Central capitalized on untimely turnovers to score four times in the final four minutes of the first half as the key to a defensive-minded 7-3 win over OFA.

The trio of Marshall Berninghausen (3 goals), Ian Lynch (2 goals, 1 assist) and Blake Baldwin (1 goals, 3 assists) led the 3-1 Larries.

“We did a tremendous job limiting their transition opportunities and played a very strong second quarter. But late in the first half we had two drops on important possessions and they capitalized to pull away from a 4-2 lead,” said OFA Coach Matt Morley who will have his team at home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start against Potsdam which lost to Massena 13-9 on Thursday.

“Our midfielders and defenders did a tremendous job of getting back and setting up defensively and Spencer Lawrence turned in a super game in goal with 16 saves. This was a very good effort for us but we just couldn’t get anything going on offense in the second half.” Andrew Roddy continued his strong finishing for the Devils scoring two goals with one assist. Jake Garrison tallied a single goal and Nick Perrigo passed out an assist.

“Andrew Roddy plays our x attackman position and does a nice job getting free around the net. Nate Peo had a great game in the midfield and got off four or five nice shots in the second period,” said Morley.

BASEBALL

MALONE - Coach Tom Pinkerton’s first game at the OFA helm turned into a game steeped with frustration and optimism.

The Blue Devils reached last year’s NAC Central MVP Brandon Welch for 10 hits and committed only one error but found themselves trailing 8-0 after three innings. Alex Johnson singled twice and Zach Perry singled as the Huskies capitalized on control problems by Devil starter Breton LaRose.

The Devils scored four times in the sixth inning but were checked by reliever Austin LaMay who closed the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the 8-7 victory.

Alex Farrell relieved OFA starter Breton LaRose in the third inning and teamed with Seth Pinkerton, who came on the seventh, for three scoreless innings of relief.

“There were a lot of positives in the game we can build on. We hit the ball well, played pretty well in the field and we battled back,” said OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton.

“Breton LaRose really struggled with his control but we all know that he is much, much better than that. Alex Farrell and Seth Pinkerton pitched well in relief and Pat Cosmo made a spectacular catch at shortstop with the bases loaded to get us out of the third inning.

Kinnon LaRose (2 RBIs) tripled for OFA and Konnor Murdock, Brendan Arsenault (2 RBIs) and Seth Pinkerton all stroked two singles for the Devils. Breton LaRose, DaKota Brady and Andrew Cole all added singles.

OFA JV Sweep: The OFA Junior Varsity Baseball team swept Malone 8-5 (6 inn), 6-5 (4 inn NL). Sebastian Quintilliani struck out 10 in the first game allowing four hits. Josh Carroll (3 runs, 2 RBIs) went 2-2 with a double; Nick Sweeney stroked an RBI single and Connor Baldam doubled and scored.

In game two, Connor Badlam (4 Ks) and Josh Carroll (3 Ks) each pitched two innings in the win. Joey Dalton ripped a RBI double while Skyler Main singled and scored. Andrew Layng and Badlam each stroked RBI singles.

GIRLS LACROSSE

PHILADELPHIA - Possession is 9/10ths of the law and OFA Coach Lauren Morley feels that the lack of possession is 9/10ths of the reason why her girls lacrosse team has started 1-4 which includes two nonleague losses to Indian River.

The Devils dropped a 20-4 decision to the Warriors of the Frontier League on Thursday and will be looking for turn-around in hosting Canton on Saturday at 11 a.m.

“We are just struggling with transition because we just aren’t controlling the ball in the midfield and on the ground after draws,” said Morley.

“But we have the players who can do that. We just have get our confidence back with a good game against Canton.”

Paige Fayette scored seven goals with two assists and Amy Brierton followed with four goals and two assists to lead IR and Morgan Nabywaniec struck for three goals.

Nikki Holmes scored a pair goals for OFA with Mackenzie Bresett and Kaitlin Sheppard each scoring singles.

Erica Chase (8) and Melissa Foster (6) combined for 14 saves in goal.

In NAC action on Saturday Potsdam handed Massena its first loss in three seasons in a 10-5 decision.

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