POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central varsity baseball team overpowered NAC Central Division rival Gouverneur 25-0 while the varsity softball team dropped a 22-8 interdivisional decision to Madrid-Waddington on Wednesday.
Potsdam 25, Gouverneur 0: Gearing up for a late-season showdown at home against OFA this afternoon, the Sandstoners scored early and often while senior southpaw Ben Miller limited the Gouverneur bats to just one hit and fanned 14 in tossing the complete-game shutout.
Offensively, Trevor Keleher led the way for Potsdam going 5-5 with a double, two triples, five runs scored and two RBI. Andrew Ace had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two others. Connecting for two hits each were; Miller (HR, 3RBI), Will Coleman (2B, 3B, 2RBI, 3RS), Shawn Clark (HR, 2B, 4RBI, 3RS), Brandon Noble (4RBI, 2RS), Connor Prosper (2RBI) and Morgan Sutliff. Connor Brady launched a two-run homerun and Nate Gingrich singled home a run.
Thomas Andrews singled in the seventh inning to spoil Millers bid for the no-hitter.
With the win, the Sandstoners improved to 9-1 and head into this afternoons game tied with OFA atop the Central Division standings. The Blue Devils claimed a 3-1 decision in the first meeting between the two Class B rivals. Both teams will then close out their regular seasons against Franklin Academy with the Sandstoners hosting the Huskies on Monday at 4:30 p.m. after they square off against OFA in a rare Sunday afternoon encounter slated for Clarkson Universitys Jack Phillips Stadium starting at 5 p.m.
M-W 22, Potsdam 8: The Jackets scored eight runs in the first inning and seven in the third en route to posting the win, taking advantage of six errors and 18 walks to make the most of only three hits. Desiree Pryce stroked a double and a single while Britanni Dawley added a single. Blair Cryderman fanned eight and walked three allowing six hits in the win. Erica Mason stroked a double and a single for Potsdam. Sierra Damon added a double while Kelsey Green, Jordan Emerson and Megan Oney each singled. Emerson (5 strikeouts) pitched three innings taking the loss.
The lone other NAC Central Division varsity baseball game on Wednesday had Franklin Academy turning back Canton 10-6 while West Division encounters saw Hammond outscore Hermon-DeKalb 10-6, Heuvelton blank Edwards-Knox 10-0, Harrisville drop Morristown 15-6 and Clifton-Fine down Libon 10-4.
FA 10, Canton 6: Abe Gravell picked up the win in relief of starter Austin Lamay. The duo combined for six walks and four strikeouts.
Canton used three different arms on the mound, with Jake Corbine tossing the first four-plus innings. Corbine gave way to Alex Hayes, who was saddled with the loss, while Francisco Palumbo was used to halt the FA rally in the sixth inning. The three Canton hurlers combined for four walks and four strikeouts.
Shawn Mulverhill, Jordan Yando and Jake Henning paced the Huskies with two hits apiece. Mulverhill singled twice, walked twice and scored two runs while he and Yando stole three bases each. The three FA players drove in one run each.
Francisco Palumbo paced the Golden Bears with a single and double while solo hits came from Johnny Stone, Hayes, Corbine and Devin Foite.
In NAC varsity softball action on Wednesday, Franklin Academy gained a 3-1 Central Division decision over Canton and Chateaugay swept a pair from East Division rival St. Regis Falls (19-0, 6-5) while the West Division matchups saw Heuvelton beat Edwards-Knox 13-2, Morristown down Harrisville 18-3, Lisbon edge Clifton-Fine 5-4 and Hammond stop Hermon-DeKalb 9-4
FA 3, Canton 1: In Canton, the Lady Bears scored an unearned run in their first at-bat but a two-out, two-run triple by Morgan Fountain in the top of the second would be all the scoring the Lady Huskies would need for the win.
Alissa McCauley went the distance to earn the win, striking out nine and walking three while limiting the Lady Bears to a fifth-inning single by Jamie DiSalvo. Emma Rexford had 11 strikeouts and four walks while giving up five hits in taking the loss.
Fountain anchored the FA offense going 2-3 with two triples and she scored the other run in the fifth in front of a sacrifice bunt by Emily Marshall..
Kate Christy reached on an error, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball before scoring in front of a groundball out by Rexford to account for the lone Canton run.
Chateaugay 19-6, SRF 0-5: Courtney Boyea fired a one-hitter in the opener as the Lady Bulldogs scored seven runs in the bottom of the first en route to the game-one win. Abby Barnes and Felicity Niles paced the 10-hit Chateaugay attack with two hits each. Barnes singled and double while Niles singled and tripled in the opener. Katie Secore added a pair of singles while solo hits came off the bats of Boyea, Hannah Cook, Rachel Young and Gaby LaFleur.
Taryn Sheldon had the lone hit for SRF as Madison Greenwood suffered the loss in the opener. Kiana Stowell relieved Greenwood in the second and went the rest of the way.
Stowell pitched all five innings in the nightcap and took the loss as Young started for the Bulldogs and picked up the win Boyea relieving in the bottom of the fifth inning. Boyea came in at the end of the second game to shut down the SRF rally, getting the final two outs of the game.
Boyea finished the two games with nine strikeouts while the SRF pitchers combined for 16 total walks, with Stowell issuing just four free passes in game two.
Hannah Cook and Barnes led the CCS girls in the second game with two hits each as Niles continued to swing a hot bat with a single and triple in the nightcap. Young and Boyea had the other two CCS hits, a single each.
Stowell and Brittany Rondeau had a single each in the game-two setback.