The Massena Central and St. Lawrence Central varsity baseball produced contrasting NAC wins on their home diamonds on Tuesday.
Massena 19, Canton 7: The host Raiders steadily worked their way to a 12-4 lead through the first four innings then broke the game open with a seven-run barrage in the fifth en route to avenging one of their Central Division losses.
Tyler Haas worked the first five innings for the win, striking out five and walking two while allowing 10 hits and four earned runs. Joey LaBelle came on to work the final two frames in relief where he fannked three and walked one while giving up just one more hit. Alex Hayes had five strikeouts and three walks through the first three innings in taking the loss.
The quartet of Connor Paquin, Isaiah Dillabough, Patrick Manning and Zack Rusaw accounted for the majority of the Raider offense. Paquin had four hits, including a double, and came around to score four runs. Dillabough connected for three hits, including a two-run double, drove in four runs and came around to scored twice. Manning, a freshman playing in only his second varsity game since being called up from the JV squad, also had three hits, including a two-run triple that keyed a three-run rally in the third inning and a two-run single that was part of a four-run fourth and an RBI-single to finish with five RBI while Rusaw singled, doubled and scored a run. Logan Deshane chipped in a two-run double in the second inning.
Bryant Wentworth (2 runs scored), Mike Cougler (1 run scored) and Hayes drilled two hits apiece for the Bears.
The Raiders host Central rival Potsdam this afternoon starting at 4 p.m.
SLC 3, Tupper Lake 0: In Brasher Falls, Tyler Savage came a seventh-inning single away from firing a no-hitter as the Larries built an early lead and made it stand for the win. Savage finished with 15 strikeouts and survived eight walks to pitch the shutout. while Mitch Keniston (6K, 3BB) went the distance in taking the loss.
Devon Euto sparked the SLC offense going 2-3 with two runs scored. Nate McLaughlin doubled home a run and scored a run. Hayden St. Hilaire also poled an RBI-double while Savage singled.
Devin Larson singled with one out in the seventh to spoil Savages no-hit bid.
The Larries got all the runs they would need in their first at-bat where Euto singled then came home in front of McLaughlins double. McLaughlin would score the second SLC run on an error. Euto singled in the third then scored the final run of the game when St. Hilaire drilled a two-out double.
The Larries return to action on Monday with a double-header at home against St. Regis Falls starting at 4 p.m.
All the other NAC varsity baseball matchups staged on Tuesday took place in the West Division where Harrisville dropped Clifton-Ine 15-3, Lisbon beat Hermon-DeKalb 16-1, Heuvelton handled Morristown 12-3 and Edwards-Knox stopped Hammond 10-2.
N-N MODIFIEDS BEAT HEUVELTON
In a modified baseball contest reported on Tuesday, Norwood-Norfolk improved to 7-0 with a 13-10 win over Heuvelton.
Gage Orogolio pitched six innings for the win, allowing six runs, and made lead offensive contributions going 2-2 with a double and two RBIs. Tristen St. Andrews went 4-4 with a double and three RBIs. Peter Jarvis (RBI), Zack Benware (2RBI), Zack Harvey and Caleb Bresett all had solo hits. Judson Colbert drew a pair of walks while Zack Wilby provided the defensive highlight with a running catch in centerfield where he held onto the ball despite colliding with the left fielder.
The modified Flyers are slated to take on Parishville this afternoon.