BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central varsity softball team improved to 15-0 overall and clinched sole possession of the NAC East Division regular season banner after pulling away to a 17-2 win at home over Madrid-Waddington on Thursday.
Senior Lindsey Thayer posted 11 strikeouts, walked none and scattered five hits as the Lady Larries took early control with an eight-run barrage in their first at-bat.
Thayer also made lead offensive contributions going 4-5 with a two-run homerun in the first inning, a grand slam in the fourth and an RBI-single in the fifth to finish with seven RBI and three runs scored. Hailee Weegar was 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Chipping in two hits each were Haleigh Agans (run scored), Riley Barton (run scored, RBI), Melanie Richards (run scored, RBI) and Jenna Thompson (2 runs scored). Natasha Barnhart singled, scored twice and drove in a run while Chelsea Savage singled and scored a run.
Blake Orosz went 2-3 with a two-run homerun in the top of the third that also scored Emily Murphy. Desiree Pryce and Mariah Patenaude also singled in the losing cause.
The Lady Larries are slated to play at Tupper Lake this afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m.
In another NAC East softball matchup on Thursday, Colton-Pierrepont beat Chateaugay 10-3 while Central Division action saw Franklin Academy blank Potsdam 15-0 and Brushton-Moira stop Canton 7-0.
C-P 10, Chateaugay 3: Visiting Colton-Pierrepont scored three runs in the third inning, tacked on three more in the fifth and completed its win over Chateaugay with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to drop the host Bulldogs.
Sabrina Johnson picked up the win in the circle for the lady Colts, fanning 12 Chateaugay batters without issuing a free pass.
Chateaugay coach Kate Dwyer used a pair of pitchers during the game and opened with Rachael Young. Kayla Legacy relieved in teh sixth innign and the duo combined for 12 strikeouts and six walks.
Neither team was able to collect many hits, as the two squads combined for just four in the game. It was those dreaded bases on balls that helped lift the Colts to the win.
Young and Brianna Cook had the two hits for Chateaugay, a single each.
Andrea Aldous and Eve Whalen had the two hits for Colton-Pierrepont, also a single each.
FA 15, Potsdam 0: The FA girls struck for 13 runs in the opening frame to all but put the game out of reach. The young Potsdam squad battled as hard as it could against the veteran group of Malone girls, but mustered just one base hit against winning pitcher Alexa Prue.
Offensively for FA, Morgan Fountain finished with a 2-for-2 game at the plate, while Whitney Legacy singled and doubled. Ern McDonald, Katie Lamica and Alissa McCauley had two hits each as Prue and Annie Sharlow added solo hits to the win. Sharlows hit was a slap bunt that found its way through the infield.
BMC 7, Canton 0: Emily OConnor picked up the win in the circle for BMC, striking out 15 Canton batters. Beth Pearson suffered the loss. The Canton hurler fanned four BMC battes, but walked four and hit one.
Brushton-Moira scored two runs in the first and increased its lead to 5-0 with a three-run third.
The Panthers capped the victory with two runs in the sixth as OConnor limited the Golden Bears to just three singles.
Offensively for BMC, Kenzie Traynor, Mika Uehara and Melissa Cox (2 RBI) had two hits apiece, while Sienna Kenney legged out a three-bagger. Solo hits came from OConnor, Ashley DeBeer, Arielle AJ Gary (RBI) and Jenna Dufrane, who drove in a pair of runs.
Franklin Academy and Chateaugay are scheduled – weather permitting – to play in doubleheaders today. FA hosts Gouverneur, while Chateaugay travels to Norwood-Norfolk. If the CCS-NN games are postponed due to inclement weather, a make-up date of Thursday, May 22, is planned.
Brushton-Moira is scheduled for a doubleheader in Ogdensburg on Monday. All three twinbills are slated to begin at 4 p.m.