NORFOLK - The Norwood-Norfolk varsity baseball team earned a chanced to defend its Section 10 Class C title with an 11-1 win over Tupper Lake in a semi-final round matchup at Vern Burrows Field on Thursday.
In a rematch of last years final, the Flyers will be going up against an upstart St. Lawrence Central squad on Wednesday at Clarkson Universitys Jack Phillips Stadium starting at 4:30 p.m. The Larries, who have won four of their last five games after having dropped 10 of their first 11, advanced to the Class C final with a 4-0 win at Brushton-Moira in the other semi-final played Wednesday afternoon.
N-N 11, Tupper Lake 1: The Flyers jumped to a 3-0 after one and led 8-1 after three giving Coach Don Petersons his first appearance in the finals at head coach. Jordan Lashomb struckout eight batters and allowed one run and one hit in four innings. Cody Smith struckout four and allowed one hit in the fifth and sixth before Brandon Short pitched a perfect seventh inning of relief where he fanned the three batters he faced. Smith and Short combined to strikeout the last eight Tupper Lake batters.
Short supplied four singles and scored three times. Troy Kovach lined a double and a single and walked twice. Chris Stratton added two singles while Chris Prashaw and Kyle Weems each doubled. LaShomb, Gunnar Brown and Cody Rust all singled for the winners.
Nick Boushie and Marcus Richer each singled for Tupper Lake. Tim Larkin was saddled with the loss.
SLC 4, B-M 0: The Larries scored three times in the third sparked by a balk. Tyler Smith delivered an RBI single in the sixth backing up Tyler Savages five strikeout, two walk, two hitter.
It should be a good battle on Wednesday, said St. Lawrence Central coach Chris Dow.
Our defense has come a long way this season and were peaking now. And our pitching on Tuesday was great. Both No. 1s will have plenty rest.
CANTON DENIES SR
In Canton, four runs in the fifth inning gave No. 4 seed Canton a 7-5 lead over No. 5 seed Salmon River in the Section 10 Class B play-in game and the Bears held on for a 7-6 win.
Alex Hayes fanned five batters, walked two batters and hit a batter in the complete game nine hitter as the Bears face Ogdensburg on Tuesday in the semi-finals. Potsdam hosts Gouverneur in the other semi slated for Tuesday.
Bryant Wentworth collected three singles and an RBI for Canton (5-12) while Hayes contributed a single and two RBI. Tom Christy and Alden Slack each drove in a run and singled. Pat McGaw had a triple while Jon Stone collected two singles. Dan Holcomb, Palumbo and Cody Peters each hit safely.
Justin Bigness supplied a single and a double for Salmon River (2-12).
Christian Duncan and Burt Gray connected for two singles while Devin LaPage, Jarid Gray and Marc Mainville each singled.
Jarid Gray took the loss in relief of Burt Gray entering the fifth inning. They combined for five strikeouts.