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Potsdam baseball denies Canton; Massena teams fall short to FA

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The Potsdam Central varsity baseball team turned back Canton while the Massena Central baseball and softball teams both fell short to their Franklin Academy counterparts in NAC Central Division matchups on Thursday.

BASEBALL

Potsdam 2, Canton 0: The Sandstoners scored single runs in the third and sixth innings and senior southpaw Ben Miller fanned 10, walked two batters and allowed three hits in the complete-game victory in Potsdam.

Will Coleman ripped a single in the third inning and later scored on a Trevor Keleher sacfrice fly. In the sixth, Brandon Noble tripled and came home on a infield single from Mark Maroney.

Coleman and Maroney each had two singles in the win.

“We didn’t hit today but Ben Miller pitched solid,” said Potsdam coach Chris Donah.

Alex Hayes fanned two batters, walked none and allowed five hits and one hit batter for Canton in the setback. Francesco Palumbo, Dan Stone and Avery Slack had the Canton hits.

The Sandstoners are slated to play at Massena next Wednesday.

FA 16, Massena 2 (five innings): At the Massena varsity diamond, the visiting Huskies quickly took control with an eight-run barrage in their first at-bat.

Austin Lamay struck out seven and produced two hits with four RBIs to lead FA past the Raiders (4-7, 2-4) in a Central Division contest in Massena.

Alex Johnson, Jordan Yando and Shawn Mulverhill each produced two hits for Malone (6-2, 4-1).

Zack Rusaw and Tyler Haas both singled and scored a run in the losing cause. Rory Corcoran started on the mound for the Raiders but didn’t survive the first inning in taking the loss. Isaiah Dillabough, Jeremiah Reagan and Rusaw all pitched in relief.

The Raiders will look to get on track next Tuesday at home against Canton starting at 4:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL

FA 15, Massena 0 (5 innings): The FA girls built an 11-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, sent six batters to the plate and scored four runs in posting the win.

Alissa McCauley went the distance to pick up the win while Massena starting pitcher Vanessa Kirkey was tagged with the loss. Kim Conto relieved Kirkey in the bottom of the third inning as the Huskies opened up the flood gates and scored six runs.

McCauley scattered three singles, two off the bat of Massena’s Bailey Dillabough, walked one and struck out seven Red Raider batters. Kirkey and Conto combined to allow nine Malone hits with six walks and four strikeouts.

Offensively for the Huskies, Morgan Fountain (2 RBI), Erin McDonald and Katie Lamica had two hits as the Huskies move to 6-0 on the NAC season.

Kaleigh Zappia had the other hit in the losing cause.

The Lady Raiders (3-3) will play their next two games at home, hosting Canton at 4 p.m. on Monday and Potsdam on Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m.

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