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B-M gains softball sweep over C-P; M-W downs Potsdam

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BRUSHTON - The Brushton-Moira softball team earned an NAC twinbill sweep at home over Colton-Pierrepont by scores of 2-1 and 5-3 on Friday.

In the first of the two five-inning games, Emily O’Connor tossed a no-hitter as with the Colts scored their lone run in the top of the fifth on an error and a RBI groundout from Kelsi Gilbert.

O’Connor and C-P’s Sabrina Johnson were locked in a pitcher’s duel in the opener with the Panthers striking first with a solo runs in the third and fourth inning to inch in front 2-0.

Ashley DeBeer scored the first BMC run on a passed ball while Panther freshman Mellissa Cox singled home the eventual game-winning run in the fourth inning to hand O’Connor the lead. O’Connor had a double to right while Kenzie Traynor had the other BMC hit in game one, a single.

Small ball came into play for the Colts in their final at-bat, getting a runner on first via an error, stealing second and was bunted to third. Kelsi Gilbert followed with an RBI groundout to cut the BMC lead in half, but O’Connor shut the door on the rally for the opening-game victory.

O’Connor finished the first game with nine strikeouts and one hit batter. Johnson fanned one hitter and walked one in suffering the game one setback.

B-M fared a bit better at the plate in the second game, rapping eight hits including Traynor’s home run – a solo shot in the four-run fifth inning that finished close to the walk-way behind the school, some 200 feet away from home plate.

The Panthers opened the nightcap with a solo run in the first with Colton-Pierrepont tying the game at 1-1 with a run in the second. B-C pulled in front 5-1 with its four-run fifth as C-P attempted to counter, but only managed two runs in the bottom of the innign for the 5-3 final.

O’Connor picked up the game two win, striking out three with one walk while Johnson suffered the loss with four strikeouts and a pair of free passes.

Offensively for B-M in game two, Traynor finished 3-for-3 with the homer while O’Connor went 2-2 with a pair of RBIs. Singles came off the bats of Cox, Rachel Tower and Megan DeBeer, who drove in a run with her hit.

Katherine Miller, Kendra Gilbert, Haylee Hennessy and Kylie McKinley had a single each for the Colts.

In other NAC softball action reported on Friday, Madrid-Waddington pulled away to a 16-1 interdivisional win over Potsdam while Norwood-Norfolk played to a split against Chateaugay and Tupper Lake hosted St. Lawrence Central.

M-W 16, Potsdam 1: In Madrid, the host Yellowjackets scored early then often as Mariah Patenaude went 3-3 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Desiree Pryce was 3-5 with a double and an RBI while Emily Upstrome (2-4, double, RBI), Bridget Beldock (1-4), Blair Cryderman (2-2 RBI) and Alison Fobare (1-3) all contributed toward the winning effort.

Cryderman pitched six innings allowing one walk and five hits striking out five.

Christy Stoian went 2-3 for Potsdam while Kelsey Green (run scored), Megan Oney and Ashley Webster each had single hits.

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