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Massena baseball outlasts Carthage; Salmon River denied

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The Massena Central varsity baseball team earned a 1-0 non-league win in eighth innings at home over Carthage Central while Salmon River Central saw a late—inning rally denied in dropping a 3-2 NAC Central Division decision on the road to Gouverneur on Tuesday.

Massena 1, Carthage 0: At the varsity diamond in Massena, Isaiah Dillabough came on to relief starter Jake Vierno in the top of the eighth-inning then led off the bottom half with a triple and scored the only run of the game two walks later in front of walk-off RBI-single delivered by Cameron Marsh as the Raiders turned back the Comets to win their first non-league matchup of the season.

“We got to play a lot of kids who haven’t played as much this year and I was very happy with the way they were able to put things together for the win,” said coach Greg Paquin after his squad improved to 7-1 overall.

The Raiders got another solid outing on the mound from Vierno, who fanned eight batters while surviving four walks and allowing just a third-inning single by Ryan Pete. He was pulled after walking the lead-off batter in the eighth. The baserunner eventually advanced to third after stealing second and a groundball out. Dillabough then walked the first batter he faced and issued an intentional walk to the next to load the bases before pitching his way out of the jam by striking out the final two batters he faced to secure the win.

Bailey James went the distance in taking the loss. He struckout just one and walked three while hitting two batters.

The Raiders will now get set to play their second non-league game in as many days when they travel to the Champlain Valley to face Peru starting at 4:30 p.m.

Gouverneur 3, Salmon 2: In Gouverneur, the host Wildcats built a 2-0 lead after scoring solo runs in the third and sixth innings before the Shamrocks battled back to tie the game in the top of the seventh, only to give up the winning run in the bottom half.

Jordan Wood came on in the fifth in relief of starter Tyler Sisto and wound up taking the loss. Aaron McEathron pitched the complete-game victory.

John Harvey keyed the Salmon River rally with a lead-off single. Wood then reached on an error but after the next two batters struckout, Tyler Brooks stepped up to deliver an RBI-single to score Harvey and Brandon Burdash followed with an RBI-single that brought Wood home with the tying run.

Cody Ashley opened the bottom of the seventh by reaching on an error and Danny Mullin followed with a single. Both advanced before Ashley was thrown out trying to reach home in front of a groundball. Ryan Besaw then lifted the Wildcats to their first win with a walk-off RBI-single that scored Mullin from third.

Sisto doubled and Brandon Bryington singled to account for the other Salmon River hits.

Ryan Gibson contributed an RBI-single toward the winning effort.

Another non-league varsity baseball contest staged on Tuesday saw Beekmantown outscore Franklin Academy 10-7.

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