MASSENA - Damp conditions didnt shortened Thursdays mid-season showdown between undefeated NAC Central Division baseball leaders Massena Central and Franklin Academy.
And that wound up being just fine for the Raiders.
Trailing 3-1 after five innings, they rallied to score three times in the bottom of the sixth inning then held the visiting Huskies off the board in the top of the seventh to walk away with a 4-3 win to take over sole possession of first place.
I dont think we played our best offensive game but the weather might have had something to do with that and their pitcher did a great job of keeping us off balance, said coach Greg Paquin after his squad raised its Central record to 4-0 while sinking FA to its first loss in nine outings this spring.
For us to come back the way we did against a very decent Malone team makes this a good win for us. It showed we were able to still get the win even though we werent at our best and thats usually the sign of a good tea, he added.
Josh Miller went the distance for the win, settling down after giving up three runs in the first three innings to shut down the Huskies over the final four frames. He finished with three strikeouts and one walk in the three-hitter where only two of the three runs scored by FA were earned.
Josh got better as the game wore on, Paquin noted.
Brandon Welch went the distance in taking the loss, striking out six, walking three, hitting two batters and allowing a total of six hits.
After a scoreless first inning, the Huskies pushed across their first two runs in the top of the second where Austin Lamay singled then scored in front of a linedrive double to centerfield. Tanner Studlack, who followed Lamay with a walk, made it 2-0 when he scored from thirdbase on a wild pitch.
The Raiders countered in their half of the second with their first run when Jake Kormanyos was hit by a pitch and eventually came home ahead of a single to center by David Phillips.
The Huskies got that run back in the top of the third as Derek Juntunen took advantage of a pair of Massena errors and the 3-1 lead stood into the bottom of the sixth. Jake Ward singled to start the decisive rally and was replaced on the basepath by pinch-runner Tyler LaShomb. Two outs later, Joey LaBelle drew a walk. Phillips then singled home LaShomb with a sinking basehit to leftfield that squirt past the outfielder and allowed LaBelle and Phillips to take an extra base. Cullen Baines then stepped up an connected for a clean single to right that drove in the final two runs of the game.
Baines and Phillips finished with two hits apiece while Miller had the other as the Raiders made the most of their six hits.
Bruce Monette had the lone other hit for the Huskies (8-1, 2-1).
Now 10-1 overall, the Raiders face another tough Central Division test at home today against OFA starting at 4:30 p.m.
In the other Central Division game played on Thursday, OFA turned back Gouverneur 3-1. The lone interdivisional contest saw Potsdam beat Salmon River while the only North Division encounter had Brushton-Moira clipping Canton 5-4. In a West Division twinbill, Morristown swept Harrisville 6-1, 5-4.
OFA 3, Gouverneur 1: In Ogdensburg, OFA coach Mike Sargent urged pitchers Brendan Arsenault and Seth Pinkerton to just keep grinding in the cold, damp conditions. Arsenault, a sophomore southpaw, and Pinkerton, a freshman righthander, did just that grinding out a complete-game no-hitter in a 3-1 victory which was the completion of a game suspended in the second inning two weeks ago.
The no-hitter was the second of the season for the Devils following a five-inning no-hitter by Breton LaRose against St. Lawrence Central in the season-opener
Arsernault struck out eight and pitched his way through five walks in four scoreless innings and Pinkerton struck out four and allowed just one baserunner in three innings. Matt Ashleys reached on an error in the sixth and scored the lone Wildcat run on a groundout by Hunter Ayen.
Alex Farrell and Kinnon LaRose sandwiched singles around walks to Hunter Planty and Jon Taylor to produce OFAs three runs in the second inning.
LaRose doubled and singled in the contest where Andrew Cole singled twice Farrell and Konnor Murdock singled against the Wildcats Jake VanArnam who pitched a complete game six-hitter.
Potsdam 10, Salmon River 2: In a rain-shortened game played in Potsdam, the Sandstoners broke open a one-run ball game with eight runs in the second inning to collect its sixth win in eight outings this season.
Brandon Noble picked up the rain-shortened win with Shawn Clark relieving in the fourth inning. The Potsdam duo combined for six strikeouts and two walks, while allowing just five Salmon River hits.
SRC starting pitcher Devin LaPage was saddled with the loss as Bert Gray relieved in the second inning. Four free passes aided the Sandstoners seven-hit victory.
Trevor Keleher paced the Sandstoners (6-2) with a pair of doubles, two runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. Nolan Baker and Jordan Sochia both went 2-3 with Mark Maroney and Ben Miller adding a single each.
Gray and Quentin Wilson stroked a double each in the losing effort. Wilson scored the two Salmon River runs as Gray drove in one. Christian Duncan, Jarid Gray and Justin Bigness had a single each for the Shamrocks (1-7).
B-M 5, Canton 4: Brandon Dufrane and Adam Martin scombined to strike out 10 as the Panthers (3-3, 3-1) defeated Canton in a North Division game in Brushton.
Jacob St. Mary had two hits for the Panthers and drove in three runs. Dan Holcomb led Canton (2-7, 0-3) with two hits.