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N-N, Salmon River softball teams win Section 10 playoff openers

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Norwood-Norfolk advanced past Tupper Lake in the Section 10 Softball Class C semi-finals while Salmon River surged past Potsdam in the opening game of the Class B playoffs on Thursday.

N-N 14, Tupper Lake 5: In Norfolk, the Lady Flyers used a seven run fifth inning to seal the deal against No. 3 seed Tupper Lake.

Mickey Frego smacked a pair of doubles and plated four runs to lift the Flyers (8-9) into Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. championship tilt SUNY Potsdam against top-seeded defending champion Norwood-Norfolk.

Cortney Harvey lined a double and a single and scored twice for the winners while Alycia Short connected for a single and scored three times. Cortney Wagstaff, Jorji LaBarge, Katie Ames all singled. Ames went the distance striking out five, walking five batters in an eight hitter.

Carley Aldridge, Julia Bradley and Skyler Trivieri all singled twice while Liz Zurek tripled for Tupper Lake (7-7).

Salmon River 22, Potsdam 5: “Our bats came alive tonight,” said Salmon River Coach Chad Phippen. “The girls played with a lot of heart and enthusiasm.

“Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the next game (Canton, Tuesday),” he continued.

Salmon River jumped in front quickly, scoring six runs in the first innign and putting the game out of reach with a five-run second. The Shamrocks added three more in the third inning and capped the Class B playoff opener with an eight-run fourth inning.

Abby Kelly tossed the first four innings to pick up the win as sister Anna had three hits to aid in the victory. Karley Cree paced the SRC squad with a 4-for-4 performance with singles coming off the bats of Kate Lauzon, Karyss Terrance, Zoe Thompson, Abby Kelly, Emily Tromblay and JV call-up Becca LeRoux.

“Becca did a real good job for us in her first varsity game,” pointed out Phippen.

Katie Burke suffered the season-ending loss for Potsdam as all five of the Sandstoner hits were individual singles.

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