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PLATTSBURGH - Norwood-Norfolk Central’s quest for a second straight trip to the New York State Class C baseball title game ended in a 1-0 opening round loss to Section 7 champion Ticonderoga at SUNY Plattsburgh on Tuesday.

“This was a tough one. We had opportunities but we didn’t execute and they got the only run they needed,” said coach Don Peterson after the Flyers came up short to the Sentinels (14-6). “We played right with them the whole game.”

“We only lose two seniors and they’ll be tough to replace but we still have a lot to look forward to next year,” he added.

Senior Jordan LaShomb took the hard-luck loss, striking out six and walking two in tossing a complete-game two-hitter. Classmate Gunnar Brown handled catching duties.

“Jordan pitched very well. We just couldn’t come up with any runs for him,” Peterson noted.

Tanner Wright, who also pitched a four-hit shutout in the Sentinels’ 11-0 win over Moriah in the Section VII championship game, allowed four singles, struck out five and walked one.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning where Nate Lenhart led-off with a single. He moved to second on Troy Granger’s sacrifice bunt and went to third on Miles Austin’s groundout to first base. Then, with Doug Wilson hitting, LaShomb threw a pitch in the dirt that was blocked by Brown. The ball went 10 feet towards the mound, Lenhart got a great jump off third and scored easily when LaShomb tried to bare hand the ball and couldn’t do so.

“We had two strikes on the kid and Gunnar did a great job of blocking the curve ball but it bounced too far in front of him,” said Peterson. “If the kid swings at the pitch, it’s strike three and were out of the inning. The game came down to that play.”

The (11-7) got singles from Troy Kovach and Cody Smith in the top of the first before Wright worked out of that jam.

N-N’s best opportunity to score came in the third when Smith singled with one out and Brandon Short followed with a single to right. The throw went to third and Short moved up to second, putting runners on second and third. But a botched suicide-squeeze bunt led to the second out of the inning, and Wright induced a grounder to shortstop to avoid trouble.

Wright then set down 10 in a row before Chris Stratton reached on an infield error to begin the seventh. He stole second but got no farther as Wright retired the next three hits on a strikeout, grounder to first and grounder to third to preserve the win.

In the other two opening round games involving Section 10 champions on Tuesday, Albany Academy of Section 2 outscored OFA 12-7 in Class B and New Hartford beat Class A rival Franklin Academy 13-2.

CLASS B

Albany Academy 12, OFA 7: At St. Lawrence University’s Tom Fay Field, the Cadets reversed a 5-3 deficit with and eight-run fifth inning.

Mike Eglow pitched the win in relief and played a lead role offensively as Albany Academy (16-5) posted its first-ever state tournament victory.

Eglow proved to be an extremely good hitter for Cadets and figured prominently in an 11-5 lead. In the first inning he poled a wind-aided RBI triple to plate Justin Brock who lined a long one-out triple. In the eight-run fifth inning which turned into a nightmare for OFA, Eglow delivered the two only hits, a single and a two-out, two-run double.

In between, Devil pitchers Breton LaRose and Seth Pinkerton issued six walks and four wild pitches which scored runs.

Brock tripled and singled and scored four runs for the Cadets, Tyler Hynes singled twice and scored twice, Robert Lasch doubled and Smallwood, Sean Dempsey and Darien White all singled.

The Cadets’ eight-run fifth inning erased a 5-3 OFA lead. The Devils exploited an outfield error to score a single run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Breton LaRose and exploited an infield error in a four-run third where Brendan Arsenault lofted a three-run homerun over the rightfield fence.

Devils mounted comeback effort scoring twice in the fifth on RBI singles by Kinnon LaRose and Arsenault before Eglow retired the side with two groundouts and then pitched two scoreless innings.

CLASS A

New Hartford 13, FA 2: At Clarkson University’s Jack Phillips Stadium, New Hartford scored in each inning but one, taking full advantage of four Malone errors against four Huskie pitchers. The Malone (14-4) hurlers allowed 11 hits, issued eight free passes, hit three Spartans batters, striking out eight.

New Hartford, winners of five straight, sent nine batters to the plate in the second, scoring four times, and salted the victory away with a four-run seventh, sending 10 hitters to the dish.

Brandon Welch was saddled with the season-ending loss in relief of senior starter Derek Juntunen, as Devan Monette and Austin Lamay also pitched for the Huskies.

Mark Chanatry tossed the first six innings plus one batter in the seventh before being lifted in favor of reliever Joe Mootz. Chanatry was charged with two runs and six hits, picking up seven of the eight strikeouts with one walk and a pair of hit batters.

The Spartans (10-10) sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs, and chasing the FA starter, as the Malone coach called upon Welch.

CLASS D

The Parishville-Hopkinton baseball team drew a first-round bye for the first round of the state Class D tournament and will get set to take on Section 2 champion Fort Ann today at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam starting at 4 p.m.

P-H (11-4) knocked off undefeated Morristown, the top seed, in the Section 10 semifinals and then upset No. 2 Madrid-Waddington 6-4 in the championship game. The fourth-seeded Panthers were led by sophomore pitcher Mike Burns, who struck out five in the title game. Parker Meashaw and Burns each went 2-for-4. Devin Tebo was 2-for-3 for the Panthers.

Fort Ann (20-3) edged Salem 1-0 to win the Section 2 crown. Robert Sprague threw a complete game for the Cardinals and struck out 10, allowing only five hits. Fort Ann advanced to today’s game by blanking Section 7 champion Crown Point 9-0 in the first round on Tuesday.

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