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NORFOLK - It was a interdivisional game but OFA Coach Mike Sargent feels that Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Norwood-Norfolk of the NAC North could very well jump-start the 2-1 Blue Devils’ hopes to contend for the NAC Central Division title.

“First of all it was just nice to get a game in,” said Sargent referring to his team’s 0-1 record in the NAC Central and a rainout of a doubleheader against Potsdam on Friday.

“And we really played well. Breton LaRose pitched a great game getting ahead of the batters all day, we made nice plays in the field, we got key bunts down and we got the big hits.”

LaRose struck out 10 while walking none and allowing just four hits.

A pair of first year varsity players sparked the offense in Brendan Arsenault and Konnor Murdock. Arsenault belted a long homerun, a double and a single and scored three times and Murdock stroked three singles and drove in a run.

Kinnon and Breton LaRose both singled twice and Pat Cosmo and Jon Tayler each added RBIs.

The Devils will play interdivisional games against Salmon River and Canton on Monday and Wednesday, visiti Massena on Friday and the host Brushton-Moira, Madrid-Waddington and Canton in the Jim Pinkerton Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament on Saturday.

“The weather is supposed to be pretty nice this week and the guys are looking forward to playing all of the games and we really want nice weather for the tournament,” said Sargent.

Troy Kovach singled and scored the lone the N-N (4-1, 3-0 North) run in the sixth inning on a double by Jordan LaShomb. Brandon Short and Chris Stratton singled and Cody Smither rendered a six-inning pitching stint.

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