BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central varsity softball team braved the cold and the rain on Thursday in surviving a 15-14 NAC interdivisional decision at home over OFA.
It was pretty damp and pretty cold and both teams had to battle through some pretty tough weather but were happy to get the win, said coach Tim Brown after his team came up with two runs in its final at-bat to overcome the Lady Blue Devils.
Kelsey Newtown picked up the win in relief of starter Samantha Richards and Lindsey Thayer, taking over in the sixth inning. Brittany Barr was saddled with the loss in relief of starter MaKenzi Stevenson, who lasted into the fifth inning where the Lady Larries reversed a 6-1 deficit with an eight-run outburst. The SLC trio had a combined 10 strikeouts and 13 walks while the OFA hurlers had a total of six strikeouts and 10 walks.
The Lady Blue Devils answered by putting up eight runs of their own in the top of the sixth to regain the lead at 14-9. SLC cut the deficit to 14-13 with four in the bottom of the sixth then held OFA scoreless in the top of the seventh before generating a game-winning rally in their final at-bat. Hayleigh Agans and Jane Judware opened the seventh with back-to-back walks. Both advanced on a wildpitch and and errant throw to third in an attempt to get Agans, allowed her to race home with the tying run. Gabby Wilson then singled down the rightfield line to drive Judware home with the game-winner.
Brandi Thomas led the winning offense going 4-5 with a run scored and RBI. Wilson wound up going 2-2 with two runs scored. Shelby Hollenbeck was 3-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Bailey Stickney singled and scored a run.
Felicia Barr highlighted the OFA offense with a three-run homerun in the first inning and a total of three runs scored. Mackenzie Cole was 2-4 with two runs scored. Brittany Barr (2 runs scored) and Stevenson (run scored) both had solo hits as well.
Now 11-3 overall, the Lady Larries head to Gouverneur today for an interdivisional matchup starting at 4:30 p.m.
In the only NAC East Division action on Thursday, Colton-Pierrepont took a pair from Tupper Lake by scorers of 9-1, 14-10. Another interdivisional contest had Salmon River outlasting Potsdam 16-7 in five inning while the lone North Division matchup saw Canton sweep two from Brushton-Moira 3-1, 6-4. In West Division doubleheader action, Morristown swept Harrisville 12-11, 9-6.
C-P 9-14, Tupper Lake 1-10: The Colts (10-1, 6-1) swept the Lumberjacks (6-4, 4-4)in a pair of six-inning games.
Brianna Beaulieu fanned eight and allowed two hits in game one as Eve Whalen delivered a double and Hailey Hennessy, Kirstin Miller, Sabrina Johnson and Kylie McKinley all singled.
Carley Aldridge and Sam Sanford lined basehits for Tupper Lake. Kelsey St. Louis was saddled with the loss.
In game two, Morgan Doyle connected for three singles, Tara Hennessy smacked two doubles and Johnson connected for a triple and a single to lead the Colts who answered the Lumberjacks five run third with four in the bottom of the third to go ahead 14-9.
Andrea Aldous, Whalen, McKinley all singled twice. Beaulieu and Miller each singled once as Beaulieu pitched the win in relief of Johnson entering the third inning.
Paige Dukette and Jess Wiggin each singled twice for Tupper Lake. St. Louis, Sanford, Emily Sexton and Richards all singled. Sanford took the loss.
C-P (10-1, 6-1) is slated to host East Division rival Madrid-Waddington today at Swift Field in South Colton starting at 4:30 p.m.
Salmon River 16, Potsdam 7: Kaitlyn Lauzon stroked three hits and Karley Cree singled twice to spark the offensive supporrt for winning pitcher Abby Kelly who struck out five in a five-inning two-hitter.
Erika Mallott and Victoria Mondrago singled for the lone Potsdam hits.
The Lady Sandstoners took a 4-3 lead after two innings before the Lady Shamrocks pushed across four runs in the fourth to go ahead 7-4 then broke the game open with eight runs in the fifth. The Lady Sandstoners countered with their final three runs in the bottom of the fifth before the umpires called the game due to deteriorating laying conditions.
Canton 3-6, B-M 1-4: Emma Rexford picked up both wins for the North Bears (10-0, 5-0) over the visiting Panthers (3-5, 3-2).
Rexford fanned 11 batters in a five inning win in game one allowing just one hit,a leadoff single in the first to Sandra Martin, and three walks.
Lauren Smith lined two singles and Kara Locey and Beth Pearson each singled for Canton.
Emily LaPage was saddled with the loss allowing four hits and two walks. She struckout one batter.
In game two, Rexford pitched in relief of Beth Pearson who allowed three runs on three hits while fanning three batters for the no-decision. Rexford struckout four and allowed one hit and one run in the win. Rexford aided her own cause with two singles. Lauren Smith stroked two singles while Sarah Elliott and Kara Locey each singled.
Martin, Meghan Follette, Haylea Gary and Margaret McKernen each singled for the Panthers.