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SLC softball earns share of North title; C-P sets stage for NAC East showdown

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The St. Lawrence Central softball team clinched a share of the 2012 North Division title with a 5-1 win over Salmon River while Colton-Pierrepont Central softball team took control of its East Division regular season destiny with a 21-4 decision over host Edwards-Knox in NAC matchups on Monday.

SLC 5, Salmon River 1: In Fort Covington, the Lady Larries, ranked 14th in Class C, scored three times in the third inning and added two more in the fifth before the host Lady Shamrocks broke the shutout bid of winning pitcher Lindsey Thayer in the sixth inning. Thayer struck out eight, walked four and hit two SRC batters.

Abby Kelly suffered the loss, fanning three, walking five and plunking one Larrie hitter.

Thayer helped her own cause with two hits and two runs scored. Brandi Thomas and Branna Vatter added two singles each as Noelle Rufa and Haileigh Agans both had a single.

Salmon River had five singles off the bats of Anna Kelly, Karley Cree, Karyss Terrance, Zoe Thompson and Errolynn Bradley.

SLC, which shared the North Division banner with Canton at 7-1, improved to 16-2 overall heading into the Section 10 tournament as defending Class C champion. Salmon River finished at 0-8 in the division and slipped to 2-13 overall as the Lady Shamrocks gear up for the Class B playoffs.

C-P 21, E-K 4: In Russell, the Lady Colts improved to 9-2 in the division standings and can earn a share of the title today when they close out the NAC campaign on the road against Chateaugay, which maintained sole possession of the top spot in the East at 10-1 with a 9-5 win at Madrid-Waddington. A win by C-P would create a three-way tie for the league banner with Parishville-Hopkinton having already finished at 10-2 against division rivals.

Today’s showdown in Chateaugay is slated to start at 4 p.m.

Against Lady Cougars on Monday, Brianna Beaulieu fanned seven and scattered three hits in hurling the Lady Colts to the win. She also made lead offensively contributions with three hits. Tara Hennessy also connected for a trio of singles while Andrea Aldous, Morgan Doyle, and Hunter Farr each delivered a double and a single. Kylie McKinley contributed another two singles and Kathryn Miller doubled.

Mercedes Mackin stroked a double for E-K (3-13, 2-10). Clara Davis, Madison Tresidder and Janna Fountain all singled. Harleigh LeBarge fanned seven batters in the setback,

Chateaugay 9, M-W: 5: Shelby Coleman sealed the win with a three run homerun in the seventh innings for the Bulldogs (12-2, 10-1 NAC East) over the host Yellowjackets (5-11, 3-9 NAC East). Cortney Boyea fanned six batters and contributed a single for the winners. Hannan Cook (2-5), Abby Barnes (1-3), Kylie Hanley (2-3) also contributed.

Emily Uppstrom belted a homerun in the seventh inning for M-W. Blair Cryderman added a triple while Mariah Patenaude (2-3), Meghan Gabri (1-1 RBI), and Taylor Marcellus (1-3) also contributed. Cryderman struckout four batters in the setback.

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