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Massena baseball team clinches share of NAC Central banner

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MASSENA - A busy Massena Central varsity baseball team continued to be a productive Massena Central varsity baseball team on Monday.

“Because of the weather and everything getting backed up like it has, it’s been a tough stretch of game for us but I’ve been very impressed with our ability to stay focused like we have,” said coach Greg Paquin after the Raiders relayed a 4-0 second-inning rally into a 12-0 NAC Central Division decision over Potsdam Central.

With their third straight win over a different division rival in five days, the Raiders improved to 12-1 overall and clinched at least a share of the NAC regular season banner at 6-0.

Jake Kormanyos set the tone for the win with three innings of pitching perfection before leaving the game after four innings with the Raiders having built an 11-0 lead. He finished with six strikeouts and one walk while giving up just two hits. David Phillips gave up just one more hit in three innings of scoreless relief.

Knuckleballer Nolan Baker (1K, 4BB) lasted into the fourth inning in taking the loss. Shawn Clark tallied two strikeouts and three walk closing out the Potsdam effort on the hill.

Offensively for the Raiders, Zack Rusaw went 3-3 with two doubles, four RBi and three runs scored. Jake Ward was 2-3 with a adouble and RBI. Cullin singled and drove in two runs while Phillips keyed the second-inning outburst with a two-run double. Rusaw helped seal the with with a three-run double that anchored a five-run barrage in the fourth.

Lee Buchanan ended the bid for a perfect game when he led-off the fourth inning with a single. Baker had the other hit against Kormanos while Brandon Noble connected for the only hit against Phillips.

The Raiders will look to claim sole possession of the league title this afternoon when they travel to Malone to take on Franklin Academy starting at 4:30 p.m. Potsdam (6-3, 2-3) head to Norfolk today for an interdivisional twinbill against Norwood-Norfolk starting at 4 p.m.

INTERDIVISIONAL

In a pair of NAC interdivisional matchups on Monday, OFA downed Brushton-Moira 15-5 and St. Regis Falls swept a pair from Hermon-DeKalb 16-2, 10-0.

OFA 15, B-M 5: In Brushton, the host Panthers took the early one-run lead and held it until the Blue Devils began pulling away with three runs in the third.

Brendan Arsenault tossed the first six innings to pick up the win with Breton LaRose tossing the final frame. The two OFA hurlers combined for six walks and 10 strikeouts, scattering eight hits.

Zach Burnett was tagged with the loss as Adam Martin, Jacobie Langdon and Devan Mills also pitched for the Panthers. The BMC pitchers combined for five walks, seven strikeouts, allowing 17 OFA hits, four of which went for extra bases.

Kinnon LaRose and Konnor Murdock paced the OFA squad with three hits each. LaRose singled twice and doubled as Murdock had three singles. Andrew Lebeau had a pair of two-baggers, driving in four as Pat Cosmo drove in three runs with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. Seth Pinkerton singled and doubled for the victors as Hunter Planty had two hits.

Bobby Hooker singled and doubled for the Panthers as Burnett added an RBI double. Brandon Dufrane’s lone hit was a two-run, triple in the Panthers’ final at bat.

Martin, Mills, Tyler Montroy and Jacob St. Mary had a single each in the setback.

EAST/WEST DIVISION

The lone NAC East Division game slated for Monday saw Edwards-Knox outscore Tupper Lake 12-9 while West Division action had Harrisville sweeping two from Hammond 11-0, 14-3 and Morristown putting together back-to-back 10-0 wins over Lisbon.

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