The Brushton-Moira varsity baseball team handed Norwood-Norfolk its first division loss of the season while St. Lawrence Central pulled away to a road win over Canton in NAC North matchups on Thursday.
B-M 8, N-N 5: In Brushton, Zach Burnett picked up the win for BMC (6-6, 6-2), tossing the first six inning with Brandon Dufrane picking up the save by working a scoreless seventh inning.
The outcome could have been a bit different if not for the run-saving catch by BMC second baseman Jacob St. Mary, who snarred the ball for a big out in the seventh.
St. Mary also helped offensively, stroking a single and triple, driving in a pair of runs. Burnett helped his own cause with a base hit and two runs batted in as Bobby Hooker (2 RBI) cracked a pair of singles.
Gunnar Brown doubled, tripled and drove in a run for the Flyers as Brandon Short suffered the loss in relief of starting pitcher Jordan LaShomb. Troy Kovach also pitched for Norwood-Norfolk (4-1 division, 7-4 overall).
Short and Chris Stratton also had a triple each as Cody Smith added a single.
The Flyers host a North Division twinbill against St. Lawrence today starting at 3:30 p.m. at Vern Burrows Field.
SLC 8, Canton 2: At the SUNY Canton diamond, the first three SLC batters came around to score and southpaw Brett Mahoney made the runs stand for the win, striking out four and walking five while limiting the Bears to just three hits. Alex Hayes went the distance in taking the loss, fanning five and allowing seven hits while walking none.
The Larries got all the runs they would need in their first at-bat where Dakota Vallance and Mahoney opened with back-to-back singles then scored in front of a double by Nathan McLaughlin. They went ahead 4-0 with a solo run in the fourth but the Bears cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom half. The Larries countered with another run in the fifth then put the game out of reach with a second three-run outburst in the seventh.
McLaughlin and Vallance, who finished with a pair of runs scored, both had two hits in the win. Mahoney also scored twice while Devon Agen and Kris Tabor had the other SLC hits. Tyler Savage and Charles Hartson each came around to score once.
Bryant Wentworth and Pat McGaw both singled and scored a run for the Bears (4-10, 2-5) while Francesco Palumbo connected for the other hit.
The lone East Division action on Thursday saw St. Regis Falls and Chateaugay split a doubleheader with the Saints taking the opener 10-0 but dropping the nightcap 7-6. In West Division encounters, Lisbon beat Hammond 14-5 while Hermon-DeKalb (9-7) and Clifton-Fine (19-5) split a twinbill.