MASSENA - The Massena Central varsity baseball and softball teams gained an NAC interdivisional sweep at home over Brushton-Moira on Tuesday.
The visiting Panthers pushed across the first three runs of the game in their first at-bat but would be denied the rest of the way as the Raiders pulled away to an 8-3 decision, scoring three runs in the second then four in the fourth before adding on a singleton in the bottom of the fifth.
Rory Corcoran kept his composure after the opportunistic B-M start to earn the win, Corcoran went the first four innings and didnt allow another hit after the first inning, finishing with five strikeouts and two walks. Joe LaBelle (2K), David Phillips and Zack Rusaw (3K) each provided an inning of hitless, scoreless relief.
Brandon Dufrane went three innings in taking the loss.
Cullen Baines led the way offensively for the Raiders with three hits, four RBI, four stolen bases and an RBI. Rusaw singled twice and scored a solo run while Avery Barney singled and came around to score twice.
The Panthers did all of their damage in the first inning where Montroy drew a one-out walked. Zack Burnett then doubled him to third before Dufrane, Devan Mills and Bob Hooker strung together three straight RBI-infield singles.
The Raiders improved to 4-1 overall and are slated to make their Central Division debut this afternoon at Potsdam starting at 3:30 p.m.
On the softball diamond, the Lady Raiders took quick control with 11 runs in their first at-bat before going on to stop the Lady Panthers 17-2 in five innings. Marissa Manley had three strikeouts, walked one an allowed just two hits through the first three innings to record the win. Sierra Streeter gave up one hit, walked none and fanned another over the final two winnings.
Emily OConnor lasted just the first inning in taking the loss. Emily LaPage went the rest of the way.
Kharlene Garrow led a productive Massena offense going 4-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Kayleigh Zappia (4rs), Manley (3rs) and Chelsea Streeter (rs) all connected for three hits. Bailey Dillabough (3rs) and Sierra Streeter (rs) both went 2-4 while Taylor Peets was 1-3 with a run scored and Kayla Babock came around to score once.
Megan Follette rapped a double in the losing effort. OConnor singled along with Alissa Lucey to account for the other B-M hits. LaPage and Sandra Martin touched home with the Lady Panther runs.
The Lady Raiders play at Potsdam today at 3:30 p.m.
In other NAC softball action on Tuesday, Norwood-Norfolk gained a 16-15 interdivisonal win on the road over OFA while the only baseball matchup saw Canton gain a 7-6 interdivisonal decision over Gouverneur.
N-N 16, OFA 15: Katie Ames of the Flyers survived 16 OFA hits to pitch the victory and secured the final three outs with a strikeout and a groundout and a flyout on the mound to strand the potential tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jessica Harvey connected for the decisive three-run homerun in the top of the seventh inning after ripping a triple and a single and scoring earlier in the game.
Jorji LaBarge lined four singles and scored three runs for the Flyers and Alycia Short (2 RBIs) and Carlea Weaver each stroked two singles. Mickey Frego added a double and a sacrifice fly.
All 10 OFA players hit safely led by Stacy Barr who drove in two runs with a triple and a single. Jocelyn Fifield (3 runs), Brittany Barr (RBI), Mackenzie Cole (2 RBIs), Felicia Barr and Shannon Tooley all singles twice. MaKenzi Stevenson, Kori Bresett, Maddie Barr and MacKenzee Holland all added singles for the Devils who host Brushton-Moira today.