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Seth Pinkerton picked a perfect time to hit his first homerun in high school baseball.

Alec Manke was very timely with his best round of the season.

Key connections by Pinkerton and Manke sparked the OFA baseball and golf teams to victories which kept the two Blue Devil teams on course for NAC Division Championships.

Pinkerton belted a tie-breaking two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning as Coach Tom Pinkerton’s number 14 state-ranked Class B baseball team (8-1) defeated Malone 5-3 at home, avenged its only loss of the season in its eighth straight win to stay tied with Potsdam atop the Central Division and handed the 6-3 Huskies their second division loss in two games.

Manke shot a 41 in the sixth spot of the golf lineup as Coach Joe Lynch’s 5-0 linksmen remained undefeated atop the NAC’s Division I with a 203-215 victory at Massena.

In softball action 10-0 Malone downed 6-3 OFA 6-2 to clinch the Central Division crown.

GOLF

Led by co-medalist rounds of 37 from Conor Hannan and Brandon Mullin, the Devil Golfers bun bunched their five scoring rounds in a space of eight strokes on the par 35 front nine of the Massena Country Club which will host the Section 10 Championships on May 24-25.

Hannan and Massena’s Hunter Francis matched 37s in the number one spot in the lineup and both golfers birdied the par five fifth hole. Mullin birdied the par four third hole and shot 37 opposite Brandon Dobbins of Massena who finished at 47.

Tristan Moore also birdied the fifth hole shooting a 43 for OFA and Dillon Binion posted a 45. Jed McRoberts finished with a nonscoring 46 and Matt Piercey led OFA’s alternates with a 48.

“Dillon Binion had a little trouble today but Alec Manke stepped right in. The guys played very well again,” said Coach Joe Lynch.

Tyler Bradford and Kendrick Swamp shot rounds of 41 and 44 for Massena and Tyler Sunday posted a 46.

BASEBALL

“It was a fastball just where I was looking for it. I hit it hard but I was surprised when it went out,” said Pinkerton after his decisive drive over the leftfield fence against reliever Austin LaMay broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Breton LaRose started and finished very strong on the mound pitching an 11-strikeout two-hitter where he retired the first 12 Malone batters. Strong armed deliveries by catcher Jon Tayler also proved decisive after Huskies earned a 3-3 tie in the top of the sixth inning.

Alex Johnson cut the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI single and the Huskies’ first hit of the game with one out in the sixth. Huskie starter Brandon Welch tied the game with a two-out double but injured his hamstring running into the secondbase.

Tayler quickly erased the potential go-ahead run by picking the pinch-runner off second. In the top of the seventh the Devil backstop threw a runner out on a steal attempt and LaRose closed out his complete game.

“I threw my two-seam fastball alot today and my curveball was working well,” said LaRose.

“Breton (LaRose) missed by little facing Brandon Welch in the sixth but he came right back. This was a nice team win and keeps us on course for a Central Division Championship,” said OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton.

“Jon Tayler made two great throws today. He has worked very hard on his throwing and on his ability to bock pitches in the dirt.”

The Devils opened a 3-0 lead.

Konnor Murdock singled and scored on a RBI single by Kinnon LaRose in the third inning. In the fourth inning Lefty Arsenault doubled, Tayler singled, DaKota Brady plated a run with a groundout and Murdock lined a two-out RBI single. Taylor also singled in the sixth inning.

OFA JV’s 8 - Malone 7: Jon Rogers was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Nick Sweeney in the bottom of the seventh inning as the OFA JV’s gained their third come-from-behind win over the Huskies this season.

Jordan Miller doubled and singled and Sweeney and Adam Rickett each singled twice.

Peyton Lalone doubled and pitched five innings combining on a 10-strikeout victory with Sebastian Quintilliani.

SOFTBALL

OFA became the first team to take a lead against the Huskies (1-0 in the second inning) this season but the Huskies went on to 6-1 lead and pitcher Annie Sharlow quelled a rally with two strikeouts in a pop-up after the Devils scored a run in the sixth inning.

Sharlow finished with a nine-strikeout two-hitter matching up with Brittany and Felicia Barr who allowed eight hits and struck out six.

The Huskies were led offensively by two singles and three RBIs by Erin McDonald, two doubles by Morgan Fountain and two singles by Whitney Legacy. Brittany Barr was 1-2 with a double for OFA while Maddie Bresett had the other Blue Devil hit, a single.

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