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Potsdam avenges baseball loss to N-N; Massena, Salmon River fall to non-league foes


POTSDAM - A five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth boosted the Potsdam Central varsity baseball team to a 7-1 NAC interidivisional win at home over Norwood-Norfolk on Wednesday.

The visiting Flyers had broke through for the first run of the game in the top of the fifth when Troy Kovach scored in front of an error on a ball hit into the outfield by Cody Smith but the Sandstoners countered with their decisive rally which was sparked by a bases-clearing triple delivered by Shawn Clark.

Will Coleman went the distance for the win, striking out 11 and walking two while scattering five hits. Smith (5H, 4K, 1BB) lasted into the bottom of the fifth in taking the loss. Kovach (2H, 1K, 2BB) closed out the Flyer mound effort.

Clark wound up with two hits and came around to score a run while Coleman singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored another in helping the Sandstoners avenge one of their two losses. Zach Snyder and Connor Prosper both singled and scored a run. Andrew Ace also singled while Mark Maroney came around to score twice, leading off the fifth-inning by reaching base after a dropped third strike.

Chris Prashaw singled and doubled in the losing cause. Brandon Short, Tristan Harvey and Wade all connected for solo singles.

The Sandstoners are slated to host Canton on Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. while the Flyers are slated to play at Chateaugay on Friday.

In other non-league action on Wednesday, Massena dropped a 9-7 decision to Carthage and Saranac Central outlasted Salmon River 6-5 while the lone NAC Central Division game saw OFA outscore Gouverneur 9-2.

Carthage 9, Massena 7: In Carthage, the host Comets avenged a 19-3 loss to the Raiders last Saturday by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Brandon Bush went 2-for-4, including a monster double in the sixth, for Carthage (8-3) and drove in two runs. Cody Spencer was 2-for-2, Tyler Clemons doubled in a run and Danny Montanez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Connor Paquin and Zack Rusaw each finished with two hits for Massena (4-6) which is slated to return to its NAC Central Division schedule this afternoon at home against Franklin Academy starting at 4:30 p.m.

Saranac 6, Salmon River 5: The visiting Shamrocks jumped in front with two runs in the top of the first, only to committ a couple of miscues in the bottom of the first which allowed the host Chiefs to pull in front 3-2. Saranac (5-5) added two runs in the fourth inning to pull in front 5-2 with the Shamrocks tying the game at 5-all with three runs in the top of the seventh.

“It came down to errors,” recalled SRC coach Ben Barkley, who explained that Saranac had runners on the corners in the final frame with the coach calling for a pick-off attempt against the runner at third. The coach went on to point out that the catcher’s throw was hindered by the batter, but no call was made and the toss skipped away allowing the winning run to score.

“It was a tough way to lose. I felt that we outplayed a really good, solid team for most of the game, but again, it came down to a couple of mistakes,” added Barkley.

Barkley was also impressed by the effort of pitcher Bert Gray, who went the distance and scattered five Saranac hits while throwing only 81 pitches in the seven-inning contest. Gray struck out two and did not walk a batter and was tagged with only three earned runs, but suffered the loss. Nate Stanton picked up the win in relif of Saranac starter Caleb Keysor. The Chiefs’ duo combined for 10 strikeouts.

Offensive for SRC, Zach Smith went 2-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored as Justin Bigness added two hits to the Shamrocks offense. Gray drove in two runs with a double while Marc Mainville added a two-bagger for the SRC-nine. Quinton Wilson had the other Salmon River hit, a single, as Jarid Gray stole a base and scored two runs, reaching base via the free pass three times.

Keysor paced the Chiefs with a single, double and an RBI while Jeremy Barber doubled and drove in a run for Saranac. Andrew Tedford crossed the plate with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

OFA 9, Gouverneur 2: Brendan Arsenault produced three hits, including a double, to lead the Blue Devils past Gouverneur (1-6) in a Central Division game in Ogdensburg.Andrew Cole homered and doubled for OFA (5-1) and Jon Tayler produced three hits.

Ryan Besaw led the Wildcats with two hits.

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