After Massena recorded a 6-4 upset over OFA on Monday, to deny the Devils a chance to claim sole control of the NAC Central Baseball Championship, both coaches said it was a game to focus on.
In terms of momentum, this was just huge for our young team after a very disappointing loss to Salmon River, said Massena Coach Greg Paquin after the Raiders finished 8-9 season with a 6-6 NAC Central mark.
This was really big, to get a win over an OFA team, which I think is one of the best in the state.
OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton urged his no. 12 state-ranked Class B team to learn from the loss which left the Devils and Potsdam, a 10-1 winner over Malone, tied atop the final Central Division standings at 10-2.
We werent real focused today and we werent tough mentally, said Pinkerton.
We just didnt make corrections fast enough. Seth Pinkerton and Breton LaRose both had uncharacteristic control problems and Massena took advantage with key hits.
Pinkerton and LaRose, who came on in the fourth inning and pitched the rest of the game, combined for 11 strikeouts and while issuing 12 walks and allowing five hits. The Raider tandem of Rory Corcoran and reliever Joey LaBelle, who picked up the win after taking to the mound in the sixth inning, combined for 10 strikeouts and five walks in a four-hitter.
The Raiders opened a 4-0 lead as number eight batter Jeremiah Reagan came through with four RBIs and prevailed with two runs in the eighth where Reagan scored the winning run.
In the second inning, Dave Phillips singled and scored on a single by Reagen. In a three-run third, Logan Deshane singled after walks to Issiah Dillabough and Phillips and Reagan hammered a three-run triple.
OFA answered with two in the bottom of the third as Pat Cosmo drew the first of three walks on the day, Alex Farrell singled and Konnor Murdock drilled a two-run triple.
The Devils pulled even in the sixth as Murdock walked and scored on a single by Zach Sharpe who rambled around the bases on a ringing double by Andrew Cole.
Dillabough plated Reagan with a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth and Zach Rusaw followed with a sacrifice fly. LaBelle followed by striking out the last two batters of a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.
OFA will be back on home on Thursday to host Salmon River in a 4:15 p.m. Section 10 Class B semi-final start. With a win, the Devils will meet the winner of Potsdam-Gouverneur game in next Wednesdays Section 10 Championship.
Massena and Malone will play for the Class A title next week.
OFA 12 - Malone 11: Alex Farrell pitched as a starter and a reliever and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as OFA secured a 12-11 nonleague baseball win over Malone on Sunday at Clarkson University.
Farrells second single of the game delivered Brendan Arsenault who led off the seventh inning with his fourth hit of the day and stole secondbase.
Farrell pitched the first five innings and returned to the mound to get the final two outs after Malone tied the game at 11-11.
The Blue Devils collected 17 hits to overcome 13 walks. Arsenault doubled in his four-hit day and Zach Sharpe lined two singles and a double. Jon Tayler and Farrell singled twice, Breton LaRose crushed a triple and Andrew Cole, Kinnon LaRose (1-1), DaKota Brady, JV call-up Jordan Miller (1-1 first varsity hit), Zach Barr and Dave Prudhomme all singled.
It was a nonleague game and our reserves got a chance to play alot and came through. Our pitchers gave up a lot of walks but Alex Farrell came through to get the final outs in the seventh, said OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton.
Alex Johnson and Tanner Studlack singled twice for Malone and Deven Monnet stroked a two-run double.
Massena JVs 7 - OFA 6: Massena claimed the NAC Central JV Title on Monday by scoring a run in the top of the seventh after OFA tied the score at 6-6 with a three-run sixth inning.
Nick Sweeney rapped a triple and a 3-4 outing at the plate and Peyton Lalone doubled in a 3-4 effort for OFA.
Jordan Miller, Jake Sias and Jon Rogers added singles and Sebastian Quintilliani, Connor Badlam and Miller combined on the mound.
The OFA Girls Softball team also dropped their Central Division final to Massena. The host Raiders (7-4) dropped OFA to 8-4 in a 10-6 decision which gave them a sweep of the season series.
Kaitlin Conto pitched the win for the Raiders who scored four runs in the fifth inning and six in the sixth.
Abailehy Dillabough belted a triple and two singles and Addy Rufa singled three times for Massena. Mackenzie Young singled twice and Vanessa Kirky doubled.
Adrianna Compo doubled for OFA while Brittany (4 inning) and Felicia Barr combined on he mound.
OFA JV 14, Massena JV 1: Jenny Dalton smacked a homerun and a single and fanned eight batters in the victory. Alicia Shaver belted a homerun and a two singles while Kristin Snider lined a pair of doubles and three singles. Kaylie Downie added a double and two singles, Alicia Shape stroked a triple and a double, Taylor Perry chipped in three singles, Erin Tooley and Jill Lincoln each added two singles and Tina Menza rapped a single for OFA.