BRASHER FALLS - The chase for the 2012 NAC North Division softball title became a two-team race on Thursday after St. Lawrence Central avenged its only league loss by reversing previously undefeated Canton Central 7-1.
We just put the bat on the ball a little better today and we didnt make the errors like we did the first time we played Canton, noted coach Tim Brown as the Lady Larries moved into a first-place tie with the Lady Bears with the big late-season win.
Both teams now stand at 6-1 heading into their North Division finales. Canton will look to clinch its share of the league title today at home against Norwood-Norfolk starting at 4:30 p.m. while SLC closes out the season on Monday at Salmon River.
Unlike the previous meeting between the two squads which saw Canton pull away to an 8-0 win, the Lady Larries went right to work gaining their revenge, scoring three times in each of their first two at-bats to go ahead 6-0 before Canton fashioned its only run in the top of the third but SLC got that run back in the fifth.
Lindsey Thayer had 12 strikeouts, walked two and scattered five hits for the win while Emily Rexford fanned seven and walked three in taking the complete-game loss.
Noel Rufa sparked the SLC offense going 2-4 with two runs scored. Haleigh Agans went 1-3 with three RBI. Kersten Irwin launched an RBI-triple in the first inning and later drove in another solo run to finish with two RBI. Darby Eldridge, Jane Judware and Bailey Stickeny each had a hit and scored a run while Morgan Villnave came around to score once as well.
Rexford singled and scored the only Canton run in front of a triple off the bat of Kaeli Mace. Katie Christie had a double while Beth Pearson and Lauren Smith had the other hits for the Lady Bears.
In the other North Division contest on Thursday, Norwood-Norfolk doubled Brushton-Moira 6-3.
Katie Ames outlasted Emily OConnor for the win as the Lady Flyers led 1-0 through four innings, gave up three runs in the top of the fifth inning then pulled even with a pair of runs in the bottom half before putting together a decisive three-run rally in the sixth. Ames finished with four strikeouts and two walks in tossing a three-hitter while OConnor fanned two and walked seven.
Alycia Short (2RS, RBI) and Karlea Weaver (2RBI) connected for three hits each. Jessica Harvey and Jorji LaBarge both singled and scored a run while Ames had the other Lady Flyer safety.
Megan Folletts two-run single in the top of the fifth highlighted the Lady Panther (3-10, 3-5) offense. Emily LaPage drilled a double and OConnor singled to account for the other B-M hits. Haylea Gary drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Lady Flyers (7-8, 3-4) close out the North Division season today at Canton starting at 4:30 p.m.
The lone other East Division matchup on Thursday saw Chateaugay sweep past St. Regis Falls (26-0, 17-1).
In West Division action on Thursday, Lisbon outscored Hammond 8-6 and Clifton-Fine split a pair with Hermon-DeKalb, taking the first game 6-5 while dropping the nightcap 13-12.