NORFOLK - The Norwood-Norfolk Central varsity baseball team reversed a season-opening loss to St. Lawrence Central after notching a 9-3 NAC East Division win at Vern Burrows Field on Friday.
Tristen Harvey went the first four innings to earn the win, striking out seven and walking four before Peter Jarvis came on to log the save, fanning two and walking one while allowing one more run over the final three frames. Kris Tabor took the loss in relief of starter Devin Kelly, who was pulled with two outs in the first inning after giving up a run. Tabor (5K, 2BB) lasted four and a-third innings before giving way to Hadyn St. Hilaire in the fifth inning where the Flyers broke open a close game with a six-run outburst.
The Larries built an early 2-0 lead when St. Hilaire drilled a two-run double to score Young and Brian Waite in the first inning. The Flyers countered with a solo run in their first at-bat then took the lead in the bottom of the second when Coby Munson connected for a two-run single.
The Flyers then took control in the bottom of the fifth where Kyler MacIntire rapped a two-run single and RJ Bendt singled home another run to key the decisive rally of the game. Zeb Brown singled and scored two runs on the day while MacIntire went 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
David Plante scored the other SLC run in the top of the seventh after reaching on an error.
The Flyers are slated to host Madrid-Waddington on Monday while the Larries head to St. Regis Falls on Tuesday.
In other East Division matchups on Friday, Brushton-Moira halted Madrid-Waddington 7-3 and St. Regis Falls beat Chateaugay 12-4.
B-M 7, M-W 3: The host Panthers handed East Division front-running Yellowjackets their first setback of the season as Adam Martin set the Jackets down in order in the first inning, then the Panthers broke out the bats. The BMC hitters rocked losing pitcher Zach Brock for five hits in the first inning – four for extra bases – and jumped in front 4-0.
The previously unbeaten Yellowjackets proved they were a game team and got on the board with a solo run in the second inning – without the benefit of a base hit. M-W capitalized on a pair of walks, a hit batter and a pair of wild pitches from Martin for its run.
BMC didnt stop there and added to its lead with a pair of runs in the third inning, but Madrid-Waddington crossed the plate twice in the fourth to cut its deficit to 6-3. The Panthers capped the scoring with a solo run in the fifth for the 7-3 final.
In picking up the victory on the hill Martin limited the Yellowjackets to just one hit – a two-run double off the bat of Aaron Armstrong. Martin finished with two hit batters, three walks and five strikeouts, but bore down and slammed the door shut from the fourth inning on, retiring the side in order during each inning.
Brock served up 13 BMC hits – six for extra bases. He struck out three, walked one and hit one batter.
Jon Kennedy paced the BMC boys with a 3-3 game with a double and a pair of RBI. Alex Burnett had two hits, both triples, and drove in a run while Jason Aubrey had a triple and two runs batted in. Tavernia stroked a pair of hits, as did Martin, while St. Mary and Zach Burnett added a double each. Taylor Tallman rounded out the BMC hitting with a single.
In the other Central Division games on Friday, Salmon River outlasted Gouverneur 10-9 and OFA turned back Canton 3-1 while a non-league encounter saw Peru down Franklin Academy 14-8.
Salmon River 10, Gouverneur 9: The Shamrocks picked up their first win with a six-run seventh inning to edge the Wildcats. Jordan Wood earned the win in relief, tossing the final three innings, allowing just one Gouverneur run in the comeback win. David Roundpoint opened up on the hill for SRC and gave way to Tyler Sisto in the third. The trio of SRC pitchers combined for seven strikeouts, 12 walks, wile the defense behind them committed three errors.
Gouverneur opened up with a pair of runs in the first, with the Shamrocks immediately tying the game at 2-2 after one inning. The Wildcats took the lead in the second with two runs, added a solo run in the third and produced three more in the fourth to pull in front 8-2.
The never-say-die Shamrocks struck back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut their deficit to 8-4, then Gouverneur scored its final run of the game in the sixth – setting up the big six-run final frame and the come-from-behind victory.
Wood also drove the game-winning run with an RBI single as Cole Lage slid across the plate underneath the tag, according to the coach.
Wood, Zach Smith (2 RBI, 2 runs scored), Justin Bigness (2 runs scored), Lage (RBI) and Brandon Bryington (2 runs scored, RBI) had two hits apiece for the Shamrocks. Sisto drove in a pair of runs with a double and scored twice, while Tyler Brooks had a single and an RBI.
Dan Mullin took the loss for Gouverneur.