The Massena Central varsity baseball team clinched sole possession of the NAC Central Division title on Tuesday with a 5-3 win on the road over Frankli Academy while Norwood-Norfolk gained a hard-fought interdivisional twinbill sweep at home against Potsdam Central on Tuesday.
Massena 5, FA 3: In Malone, the visiting Raiders took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning then added a pair in the seventh to come away with their fourth Central Division win in six days to move to 7-0. The loss drops the Huskies to 4-3 in the division, 11-3 overall.
Massena broke a scoreless deadlock with two runs in the third inning, with the Huskies quickly tying the game at 2-all with a pair in the bottom of the frame.
As they have done all season long, the Huskies didnt quit and put forth a two-out rally, scoring once in the seventh, but left the bases loaded as Joey Labelle got the final out of the game for the save and secured the win for starting pitcher Josh Miller.
Bruce Monette III took the loss in relief of starting FA pitcher Derek Juntunen. Devan Monette got the final outs in the seventh inning for Malone.
The three FA hurlers allowed only four hits in the game, two each from Miller and Cullen Baines. Miller singled and doubled, driving in two, as Baines had two singles and scored twice.
For the Huskies, Jordan Yando went 2—3 as Bruce Monette drove in a run with a base hit. The big blow of the game for the Huskies came off the bat of Brandon Welch, as he ripped a pitch from Miller off the outfield fence for a two-run double in the third inning. Tanner Studlack and Alex Johnson had the other two FA hits, a single each.
N-N 2-5, Potsdam 1-4: In the first of the two six-inning games at Vern Burrows Field, a pitchers duel between N-Ns Alex Ploof and Potsdams Brandon Noble was decided in the fifth inning where the visiting Sandstoners snapped a scoreless tie with a solo run in the top half only to have the Flyers counter with their only two runs.
Ploof finished with four strikeouts and three walks while Noble fanned three and walked just one. Both hurlers allowed just five hits.
Batting ninth in the lineup, Mark Maroney helped the Sandstoners break through for the first run of the game with a one-out single. He moved to second on an errant pick-off attempt then, following a walk, came around to score in front of single off the bat of Ben Miller.
The Flyers went right to work putting together the decisive rally when Chris Prashaw led-off with a single and Troy Kovach followed with a double. Jordan LaShomb then knocked in Prashaw with a sacrifice fly. Kovach scored the eventual game-winning run when a sharp grounder by Cody Smith led to the only Potsdam error. Kovach and Smith both singled earlier in the game while Gunnar Brown connected for the other Flyer hit.
A single by Noble in the fourth inning broke up Ploofs bid for the no-hitter. Trevor Keleher and Jordan Sochia had the other Potsdam hits.
In game two, Smith belted a homerun and a single and pitched five and one-third innings striking out seven for the win. Brandon Short stroked two singles while Jordan Lashomb, Chris Stratton, Cody Rust and Barry LaBar all singled. Maroney finished with two singles for Potsdam. Miller, Keleher and Baker all singled while Miller fanned seven in the setback.