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M-W baseball earns breakthrough NAC East Division title

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MADRID - Madrid-Waddington claimed its first NAC East baseball title on Monday with a 15-0 shutout over Chateaugay in a game called after five innings because of thunderstorms.

The Jackets finished the season at 8-2, 11-4 overall just one NAC East Division win better than Parishville-Hopkinton (7-3, 8-4 overall).

“The team worked hard this season to accomplish this. Now, our focus is on the playoffs,” said M-W coach Justin Richards.

Greg Thompson tossed the five inning one hitter striking out seven and allowing two walks. Jacob Mayette finished 3-4 with four RBI to lift M-W.Zach Brock (2-3 2RBI), Alex Brock (1-3 2RB), Thompson (1-3 2RBI), Mike Thew (1-1), Harrison VanBuren (1-3 2RBI), Alex Baxter (1-2 RBI), Jimmy Miller (1-2 RBI), and Dan Cassada (1-2 RBI) all contributed the the championship sealing win.

Garrett LaBare singled for Chateaugay in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs finish the NAC East at 5-5, 6-6 overall.

NORTH DIVISION

In the lone NAC North Division game on Monday, St. Lawrence Central downed host Salmon River 5-1. The Larries used timely hitting to score four runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 5-0 and then held on for the win.

“We had our chances, but we couldn’t string two hits together all game,” recalled SRC Coach Ben Barkley. “St. Lawrence played small ball and had some flares drop in between our players, but overall, we played a much better game defensively.

“It was mental mistakes that led to this loss,” added Barkley.

Brett Mahoney picked up the win for the Larries (4-4 division, 4-11 overall) as Salmon River countered with the Gray brothers, Bert and Jarid. Bert suffered the loss as Jarid relieved in the SLC fifth.

Dakota Vallance led SLC with a pair of singles and a double as Devon Euto added an RBI triple. Mahoney helped his own cause with a pair of singles.

Devin LaPage led SRC at the plate with a single and double as Justin Bigness singled twice and drove in a run. Jarrod Allen doubled and scored both Salmon River runs.

INTERDIVISIONAL

In NAC interdivisional matchups on Monday, Franklin Academy outlasted Norwood-Norfolk 9-8 and Gouverneur beat Brushton-Moira 7-2.

FA 9, N-N 8: In Malone, the host Huskies needed all seven of their at bats to move to the 13-3 overall mark as the Flyers rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 8-8.

The Huskies responded with Devon Monette stroking a one-out single. Monette went to second on a hit and run attempt off the bat of Austin Lamay and came around to score on Derek Juntunen’s third hit of the game, the single up the middle.

Monette picked up the win as he entered the game with two outs in the top of the seventh, tagging the Flyers Chris Stratton with the loss.

N-N took a 1-0 lead to open the game with the Huskies countering with a three-run first. The Flyers chipped away with single runs in the second and third innings to tie the game at 3-all.

FA reclaimed the lead with a four-run fourth and added one more in the sixth to pulled in front 8-3, which led to the exciting conclusion.

Juntunen, Brandon Welch and Shawn Mulverhill had three hits each for FA, with Juntunen having a two-bagger among his three. Monette helped the Huskies’ cause with a 2-for-2 game.

Troy Kovach and Cody Smith had two singles each for the Flyers (9-6 overall).

The Flyers, who claimed the NAC North Division banner, will look to defend the Section 10 Class C title.starting later this week.

Gouverneur 7, B-M 2: Gouverneur scored five times in the seventh inning, breaking a 2-2 tie to drop the Panthers.

Cody Woods singled, doubled and went the distance to pick up the win for the Wildcats (4-10). He struck out nine and walked five in seven innings.

Matthew Ashley doubled twice as Jacob VanOrnum singled, doubled and plated a pair during the win.

The Panthers used three pitchers during the setback, with Jacob St. Mary tossing the first six-plus innings, giving way to Brandon Dufrane in the seventh. Gouverneur touched up the BMC senior with Adam Martin getting the call to shut the door.

St. Mary led BMC (7-7) with two hits, including a double as Bobby Hooker had a pair of singles. Zach Burnett drove in a run with a double in the losing effort.

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