The Potsdam Central and Norwood-Norfolk varsity baseball teams suffered late-season setbacks against NAC divisional rivals on Thursday.
OFA 7, Potsdam 5: In a showdown of Central Division hopefuls who entered the game with 9-1 records, the visiting Blue Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning before weathering a Sandstoners comeback to take over sole possession of the top spot
Both teams will be closing out their NAC seasons against Franklin Academy with OFA taking on the Huskies on Sunday at Clarksons Jack Phillips Stadium starting at 5 p.m. and the Sandstoners hosting the Huskies on Monday at 4:30 p.m. The Sandstoners are slated to face Central rival Massena next Wednesday in what will stand as a non-league game.
The Devils made the most of seven hits and six Potsdam errors to come away with the win as Seth Pinkerton picked up the victory in relief of Breton LaRose. Pinkerton allowed just one hit, one walk, and no runs in the final two frames after relieving LaRose with the game tied 4-4 for the Devils (10-1). LaRose allowed 11 scattered hits, one walk, one earned run and fanned five batters.
Will Coleman took the loss for Potsdam (9-2, 11-3 overall), fanning nine and walking two while surrendering just two earned runs.
The Devils broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning. Andrew Cole reached on a infield error and moved to second on a past ball. Pat Cosmo, drew his second walk of the game with two outs after Potsdam recorded an flyout. Two infield errors off the bats of Breton LaRose and Konnor Murdock allowed Cole and Cosmo to score for a 6-4 lead.
For OFA, Brendan Arsenault stroked a two-run triple in the first inning. Cole finished with a double while Kinnon LaRose added two singles. Pinkerton, Murdock, Jon Tayler each singled.
Coleman supplied three hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Andrew Ace poled a single and an RBI-double in the fifth inning. Shawn Clark, Zach Snyder and Trevor Keleher each singled twice while Brandon Noble chipped in a solo single.
MadridWaddington 2, N-N 1: At Jim Rishe Field, the Yellowjackets won a pitchers duel in handing the Flyers their first divisional loss of the season.
This was a very well pitched game by both teams. Greg Thompson threw strikes and Harrison VanBuren came up in the sixth inning and provided a clutch hit to score the game winning run. Defensively, we made a couple of mistakes in the first inning and Norwood-Norfolk capitalized but we came through with a big defensive plays in the third to get a pop up to Jacob Barney and Harrison VanBuren ran down a flyball, said M-W coach Justin Richards whose team improved to 6-6 indropping the Flyers to 10-1 (12-2 overall).
Cody Smith reached on an infield error in the first to lead off the game. Smith moved to second on a sacfrice bunt by Zeb Brown and later scored on an error on a ball hit by Cody Rust.
Thompson pitched six scoreless innings from there for the Jackets striking out seven and allowing four hits. Chris Prashaw singled in the second and fourth and Cody Smith doubled and Brandon Short singled in the third where the Flyers left the bases loaded.
Michael Thew recorded M-Ws first hit in the game in the third inning off Brandon Short. Short pitched five and two-thirds innings in taking the loss, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk while striking out six. Smith fanned one batter in relief.
In the sixth inning, Tanner Uppstrom lined a single. Thew sacfriced him to secondbase on a bunt. James Hunt replaced Uppstrom at secondbaseas a pinch-runner. After Short recorded an out, Greg Thompson lined a single to make it first and third. A failed pick off attempt by Short to first allowed Hunt to score from thirdbase which moved Thompson to third. VanBuren then singled home the gamewinning run with two outs.
Tupper Lake 10, Brushton-Moira 9: In the other NAC varsity baseball game of the day in Tupper Lake, Ryan Delair scored Kris Crouse from thirdbase after he reached on a walk, stoled secondbase and move to third on a pastball in the sixth inning to lift the Lumberjacks (4-8) to the East Division win over the Panthers (8-4).
Mitch Keniston fanned eight, walked three and allowed 11 hits in the win. Keniston went 2-3 with a double and two RBI while Devin Larson finished 3-4 with a triple and three RBI.
Alex Burnett went 2-4 with three RBI for Brushton-Moira. Evan Tavernier and Jacob St. Mary each finished 2-4.