CANTON As great days go, things just couldnt have gone any better for Ogdensburg Free Academy junior right-hander Breton LaRose and his Blue Devil teammates.
LaRose spun a 71-pitch five-hitter, scored two runs and drove in a run and his twin brother, Cavan LaRose, lined a three-run double in the third inning as OFA blanked Potsdam 9-0, at SUNY Canton, to snap a string of four straight losses to the Sandstoners in the Section 10 Class B title game.
OFA (11-6) will host Section 2s Albany Academy in a first-round game of the state playoffs at 4:30 p.m. Monday at St. Lawrence University.
The Blue Devils collected 11 hits against Potsdams skilled southpaw Ben Miller, exploited three Potsdam errors and took control of the game with the six-run third. Thats where Cavan LaRose lined a bases-loaded double to deep center field for his second hit in two postseason games after returning from seven-month rehabilitation from knee surgery.
I really felt revved up today so I went with my fastball and just moved it around. They really werent hitting it so I stuck with it, Breton LaRose said after he struck out five, walked one and allowed only two hits after Miller and Trevor Keleher singled as the second and third batters of the game.
Having Cavan get that big double was just awesome, LaRose added. He worked very hard in the weight room everyday and running to make it back this season.
No. 9-hitter Andrew Cole singled and doubled in the six-run third where Brendan Arsenault stroked an RBI single. Breton LaRose plated a run on a fielders choice, Cavan LaRose lined his three-run double with two outs and Seth Pinkerton followed with an RBI single.
Andrew LeBeau stroked two singles and Kinnon LaRose and Pat Cosmo added singles.
Miller singled twice for Potsdam (9-9).
We had an up-down season but we did a good job getting here. But we just didnt play our game today, we made two many mistakes, Potsdam coach Chris Donah said. We just have to learn from this game get back here next year and play our best game.
PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 6, MADRID-WADDINGTON 4
Parishville-Hopkinton sophomore pitcher Mike Burns enjoyed his first Class D title by expressing how important his teammates were in a victory over second-seed Madrid-Waddington at Clarkson University.
I got into some rough spots pitching today, but my team backed me up. Defensively, we played sound today and we got some big hits early, Burns said after allowing four runs on nine hits.
The sophomore struck out five batters with a walk in six innings for the win as the No. 4 seed Panthers (11-4) denied the Jackets (13-4).
Parishville-Hopkinton has a bye in the state playoffs and will travel to play either the Section 2 or Section 7 champion in a quarterfinal game Tuesday afternoon.
Today we put the ball in play and found some holes, Panthers coach Tony Engstrom said. In our first two meetings this season, we didnt hit well. Responding after they scored in the second was very big and getting a run in the fourth and two in the fifth were big.
Parker Meashaw and Burns each went 2-for-4 and Devin Tebo was 2-for-3 for the Panthers. Alex Brock went 2-for-4 for Madrid-Waddinton.
Parishville-Hopkinton hit the ball very hard and we didnt make some plays in key situations. But we battled back and thats all I can ask of this group. We had a great season, Yellow Jackets coach Justin Richards said.
SYRACUSE CBA 21, MASSENA 6
Massena got a first-hand look at what it takes to win a state championship.
They are as good a team as Ive ever seen, coach Jeffrey Slack said after the Raiders (15-3) lost to top-ranked defending champion Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy in the first round of the state Class C tournament at the SUNY Canton. We want to get to their level some day. Thats what were hoping for and we are making progress. Our minor program is coming along in leaps and bounds which is going to be great for us in the long run.
Massena fell behind 10-0 before Shaydi Oakes controlled a loose ball near midfield and raced in to score a breakaway goal with 11 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first half. CBA quickly restored the two-goal advantage before back-to-back goals by Steffanie Premo and Erin Francis made it 11-3 with 5:41 remaining. CBA countered with four more goals before the break to put the game well out of reach.
Francis, a junior, highlighted the Massena effort with three goals, completing her hat trick in the final minute off an assist from classmate Dominique Valanciu,s who finished with a goal and assist along with Oakes and Premo. Shannon Casey contributed an assist.
Taylor Poplawski, Caroline Webster and Rachel Perla netted three goals apiece to anchor a balanced CBA attack that saw five others score twice.