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Potsdam baseball team rides fast start past Massena


MASSENA - The Potsdam Central varsity baseball team relayed the momentum of a fast start into a 7-4 NAC Central Division win on the road over Massena on Wednesday.

Trevor Keleher rapped a two-run homerun and a single for Potsdam which scored five runs in the first two innings against Massena’s Rory Corcoran who settled down to allow just one more run while striking out 11 in six innings.

After yielding four runs on three hits in the third inning Potsdam righthander Will Coleman cruised to a 17-strikeout three-hitter as the Sandstoners lifted their NAC Central record to 7-1.

Coleman (RBI) and Mark Maroney doubled and singled and Ben Miller singled twice.

Massena’s three hits came in the third inning where Jeremiah Reagen singled and Connor Paquin and Zack Russaw lined two-run doubles.

Connor Prosper and Zach Snyder added singles to the Potsdam cause.

“We finally competed at the level that we are capable of, today. That was great to see because they have worked very hard” said Massena Coach Greg Paquin. “John Coleman threw extremely hard today for Potsdam.

The Sandstoners are slated to host a doubleheader against Gouverneur on Friday at 3:30 p.m. while the Raiders head to Malone this afternoon to take on Franklin Academy starting at 4:30 p.m.

In the other NAC Central baseball matchups on Wednesday, FA swept a pair against Salmon River by scores of 12-1 and 17-3 while Canton against Gouverneur was suspended due to the weather.

FA 12-17, Salmon River 1-3: The Huskies scored all 12 of the game-one runs in the first three innings, pushing five runs across in the first, adding four in the second and three in the third.

FA starter Austin Lamay tossed the first four inning with Abe Gravell on the mound for the final inning. The Malone duo combined to allow just four singles off the Salmon River bats with four strikouts and two walks.

Salmon River countered with the Gray boys, with Jarid opening up the contest on the hill with cousin Bert taking over in the fourth inning. They combined for three strikeouts, one walk and hit one FA batter.

Alex Johnson paced the Huskies at the plate with three hits, two singles and a double, and drove in a pair of runs as Blayke Lewis singled and homered for FA.

Lamay singled in a pair of runs while Brandon Welch singled and doubled. Shawn Mulverhill and Jake Perry both stroked a double while Devon Monette and Kody Mulverhill added two hits each to the game one victory. Jordan Yando chipped in with a single.

Bert Gray, Devin LaPage, Antoine Domino and Marc Mainville had a single each for SRC in the opener.

Things didn’t get any better for the Shamrocks in the second game of the day at FA, as the Malone team erupted for 11 runs in the second inning to break a 2-all tie and cruise to the sweep.

Alex Johnson went the distance for the Huskies on the mound while SRC Coach Ben Barkley used four pitchers in the attempt to shut down the FA bats. Devin LaPage opened the game on the hill for SRC with Tyler Brooks, Justin Bigness and Antoine Domino taking their turns in the second, third and fourth innings, respectively.

Shawn Mulverhill paced the eight-hit FA offense with a pair of singles while Devon Monette popped his second two-bagger of the day. Solo hits, all singles, came off the bats of Johnson, Welch, Perry, Jake Henning and Jon Brown.

Jarid Gray singled and doubled in the game two setback while singles came off the bats of Domino, Bigness and Quinton Wilson.

And to make matters worse for the Shamrocks, it appeared that Bert Gray collected an inside-the-park home run, but missed home plate as he came around to score and was called out by the home plate umpire, resulting in a triple in the books.

The two victories improves the FA record to 6-1 in league play (8-2 overall) while SRC falls to 1-6 in the league (1-8 overall) and is slated to play at Gouverneur this afternoon.

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