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Potsdam, Massena baseball teams down NAC rivals

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The Potsdam Central varsity baseball team continued a strong start to the 2013 season with an 11-2 win over Franklin Academy while Massena Central got on track by rallying to claim a 7-6 interdivisional decision at home over St. Lawrence Central in NAC action on Friday.

Potsdam 11, FA 2: In what was played as a non-league game between Central Division rivals in Malone, the Sandstoners broke open a close game with a six-run outburst in the top of the fifth inning to improve to 3-0.

The host Huskies were stymied by Potsdam’s southpaw Ben Miller, who went the distance, striking out nine while limiting FA to just three singles in the Sandstoners’ win. The two teams will meet two more times during the regular season, with Friday’s contest set up as a non-league battle. The only victory for FA on the day was winning the coin toss for the right to be the home team.

Potsdam didn’t fare much better with the bats, stroking just five singles during the victory, but took full advantage of 16 free passes off three FA hurlers to remain unbeaten on the young season.

The win by the Sandstoners moved their overall record to 3-0 while the Huskies fall to 1-1.

Devon Monette started the game on the hill for FA, struck out two over the first four innings but issued nine of the 16 walks as Potsdam took a 1-0 lead in the first and increased its advantage to 2-1 with a solo run in the second, threatening to score more but the FA defense shut the door.

FA tied the game at 1-1 in the home half of the first as Blayke Lewis opened up the stanza with a solid single to the outfield and eventually came around to score as Tanner Studlack drove him home.

The two squads held each other scoreless until the top of the fifth when Potsdam broke the game open with a six-run inning to move in front 8-1. The Huskies attempted to counter, but scored just one run in the bottom of the sixth to cut their deficit to 8-2. Potsdam capped the victory with a three-run seventh for the 11-2 final.

Alex Johnson (3 walkes) relieved Monette in the fifth inning with Jordan Yando (2 strikouts, 4 walks) entering the game in the sixth.

“All 14 players saw game action,” stated a dejected Franklin Academy coach Tim Lamay. “We just have to go back to work and get ready for our next game (Wednesday in Canton).

“We have to learn from our mistakes and try not to make the same one again,” continued the veteran mentor, who added “hopefully our bats will come alive soon.”

Mark Maroney paced the Potsdam squad with a 2-for-4 performance while solo hits came off the bats of Will Coleman, Andrew Ace and Zach Snyder.

Lewis, Johnson and Brandon Welch had a single each for the Huskies.

Massena 7, SLC 6: In the first six-inning game of what was supposed to be a double-header at the varsity diamond in Massena, the Larries worked their way to a 5-3 lead after three innings before the Raiders battled back to claim their first win of the season.

The nightcap got underway but was suspended with two out in the top of the first inning when a strong rain storm swept across the area. The game will be completed at a later date.

Pitching in relief of senior starter Zack Rusaw (2.1IP, 5K, 7W, 5ER), first-year hurler Josh LaShomb picked up the win in his varsity debut for the Raiders, going three and two-thirds innings where he held the Larries to just one more run while striking out two and walking one.

Tyler Savage lasted into the fifth inning in taking the loss. Chris Tabor went the rest of the way in relief.

Isaiah Dillabough capped a decisive three-run rally with a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Raiders ahead 6-5. Rusaw and Connor Paquin both doubled and scored a run. Isaac Ward connected for a key RBI-single and scored a run. Rory Corcoran scored what would hold up as the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning after drawing a walk. He stole second and advanced to third before racing home on an error.

Tupper Lake 8, P-H 5: In Parishville, the Panthers got off to a promising start scoring two unanswered runs in their first at-bat before the Lumberjacks rallied to tie the game with solo runs in the third and fourth innings then took control with three-run outbursts in the fifth and sixth.

“It was a pretty tough day to play,” noted P-H coach Tony Engstrom after the Panthers dropped a wind-swept, rain-soaked season opener.

The Panthers enter the 2013 campaign as the reigning Section 10 Class D Champion but the nucleus of last year’s team was lost to graduation leaving Engstrom with a team that features just one junior and freshmen.

“We’re definitely a young team but it’s a good group,” he said.

Mitch Keniston went six and two-thirds innings to earn the win for Tupper Lake on Friday. He fanned 10 batters while walking three and scattering five hits. He was relieved with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after surrendering three runs and Marcus Richer came on to get the final out and secure the win.

Mike Burns, the lone junior on the P-H roster, went the distance in taking the hard-luck loss. He notched 12 strikeouts, walked only two and gave up six hits but only one of the runs scored by the Lumberjacks was earned.

“Mike pitched a good game. We just made to many errors,” Engstrom noted.

Burns also played a lead role offensively with a single and double, driving in solo runs on both hits, and a run scored. Logan Chapman rapped an RBI-single. Tanner Wilson (run scored) and Wyatt Snell connected for the other Panthers’ hits.

Richer anchored the Tupper Lake offensive with a single, double and two runs scored. Kris Crouse (2 runs scored) and Anson Gagnier (run scored) finished with two hits each as well.

N-N MODIFIEDS BEAT P-H

The Norwood-Norfolk modified baseball team opened its season with a convincing win over Parishville-Hopkinton on Thursday.

Zack Benware carried a no-hitter through four innings before giving up a pair of hits to earn the win. He fanned seven and walked just one while picking off a baserunner while Riley Smitz pitched two shutout innings and Preston Vanguilder had a strikeout and walk in relief.

Hunter Dewey and Caleb Bresett (2RBI) both went 3-4 to anchor a balanced N-N offense. Peter Jarvis was 2-4 with two doubles. Benware also had a pair of hits while Gage Orogolio (RBI), Tristan St. Andrews (RBI), Sidney Belmore, Kaleb Parker and Blake Haywood each had solo hits.

The modified Flyers return to action on Monday at home against Madrid-Waddington.


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