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N-N, SLC baseball teams battle to split; P-H sweeps Tupper Lake

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Norwood-Norfolk and St. Lawrence Central battled to a North Division split while Parishville-Hopkinton generated an East Division sweep over Tupper Lake in NAC varsity baseball twinbills on Friday.

SLC 6-0, N-N 4-3: In what was supposed to be a five-inning opening game, the Flyers battled back to tie the game at 2-2 after falling behind 2-0 early only to get outscored 4-2 in the first extra inning.

Tyler Savage went the distance for the win, striking out four and walking just one while holding the Flyers to just five hits. Alex Ploof lasted into the sixth inning before Chris Stratton was called on to get the final out. In taking the loss, Ploof had 15 strikeouts and two walks and gave up seven hits, three in the first inning where the Larries jumped out to 2-0 lead and the other four in the decisive sixth.

Savage also played a lead role offensively going 2-3 with a double, run scored and RBI. Brett Mahoney doubled and scored twice. Devon Euto (RB) and Dakota Vallance both singled and scored ar run. Donovan Patraw sealed the win with a two-out-, two-run double that capped the sixth-inning rally. Tyler Smith had the other SLC hit while Devon Agen came around with the other run.

Brandon Short cut the deficit to 2-1 with a solo homerun over the leftfield fence in the second inning to highlight the Flyer offense. Stratton went 2-3 with two runs scored while Cody Rust was 2-3 with one run scored and Kyler MacIntire delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning that accounted for the final Flyer tally.

In the second game of the Cody Smith tossed a two-hitter striking out four as the Flyers scored once in the first, third and fifth innings. Troy Kovach and Jordan Lashomb each lined a pair of singles while Smith, Stratton and Gunnar Brown each singled.

Euto was saddled with the loss. He allowed eight hits and didn’t strikeout a batter. Kris Tabor and Mahoney each singled to account for the two SLC hits.

The Flyers are slated to host Canton today at 10 a.m. while the Larries play at Salmon River on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

P-H 6-7, Tupper Lake 0-0: In Tupper Lake Zach Newton set the tone for the Panther sweep in the first game, tossing a complete-game one-hitter where he fanned seven and walked four.

Mike Burns tossed a six strikeout, no walk two hit 7-0 shutout in game two for the Panthers in sweep over host Tupper Lake.

Parker Meashaw plated three runs going 1-2 while Chase Donovan went 1-1.

Adam St. Pierre connected for Tupper Lake’s lone hit. Tim Larkin took the loss.

In game two, Phillip Huckins led the P-H offense going 3-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Burns, who provided a second solid outing on the hill for the win, striking out six and walking none while limiting the Lumberjacks to just two hits, singled and drove in two runs while Devin Tebo singled and knocked in one run.

Nick Bourbeau ripped a double and Adam St. Pierre connected for a single for Tupper Lake.

INTERDIVISIONAL

In NAC interdivisional action on Friday, Brushton-Moira upended Potsdam 13-10, Gouverneur downed Salmon River 12-1 and Madrid-Waddington overwhelmed Hammond in two games by scores of 23-0 and 9-0.

B-M 13, Potsdam 10: The host Panthers opened the game with five runs in the bottom of the first, adding six more in the second and two in the third to jump out to a 13-0 lead.

Potsdam chipped away with single runs in the third and fourth, then cut the BMC lead to 13-5 with a three-run sixth and pulled to within three runs with a five-run, seventh-inning outburst.

Devan Mills picked up the win, tossing the first five innings with Brandon Dufrane coming in in the seventh inning to slam the door on the Potsdam rally.

Zach Burnett and Bobby Hooker paced the Panthers (7-6 overall) at the plate, combined for five hits and nine RBIs. Burnett homered and doubled, driving in five, as Hooker laced three singles and drove in four.

Jacob St. Mary also had three singles with Tyler Montroy added two with Dufrane (RBI) and Kyle Tavernia added a hit each.

Andrew Ace suffered the loss as the scheduled starter, Trevor Keleher, never threw a pitch.

Offensively for Potsdam, now 8-6 overall, Shawn Clark and Nathan Gingrich both singled, doubled and drove in a run while Camron Waters had two hits and three RBI. Ben Miller added a double to the Sandstoner effort.

Gouverneur 12, Salmon River 1: Matt Ashley belted a two run homerun and ripped three singles in a four for four plate effort against the Shamrocks.

Jake VanOrnum (2-4), Justin Cummings (2-3 2RBI), Taylor Dodds (2-4), and Aaron McEathron (3-4 double) rounded out the Gouverneur offense.

Justin Bigness (RBI) and Burt Gray went 2-3 for Salmon River.

CENTRAL DIVISION

Pitcher Brandon Welch fired a no-hitter and launched a solo homerun in the seventh as Franklin Academy came away from OFA with a 4-0 decision.

In total command since striking out the first two batters of the game, the junior righthander had pitched six hitless innings defending a 2-0 lead in a duel with fellow junior Breton LaRose, who had allowed just one earned run and two hits while striking out six.

Welch upped the margin to 3-0 by belting a leadoff homerun over the leftfield fence off reliever Brandon Arsenault in the seventh inning and then completed a seven-strikeout no-hitter.

Jordan Yando stroked RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings for Malone (12-3, 5-3 Central) and Taylor Hillyard singled in the second and scored on a bases-loaded walk.

OFA’s only baserunners of the game came on two walks to Kinnon LaRose, a walk to Seth Pinkerton and two third strike wild pitches to Andrew Cole.

OFA (8-3, 2-3) will complete their Central season by hosting Massena today and entertaining Potsdam in a doubleheader on Monday (3:45 p.m. start)

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