POTSDAM - The Massena Central varsity baseball team strung together three straight two-run rallies in pulling away to a 6-1 win over previously unbeaten Potsdam Central in an NAC Central Division showdown of late-season contenders on Monday.
Senior southpaw Tyler Haas struckout five and scattered three hits to earn the win as the Raiders improved to 7-1 in the division while sinking the Sandstoners to their first loss after 10 straight wins over Central rivals. Will Coleman fanned 11 in taking the loss.
Isaac Ward continued to swing a productive bat for Massena with three hits, including a double, and an RBI. JP Reagan drove in a pair of runs with a pair of singled and Cameron Marsh connected for a doub le.
Coleman singled twice and drove in the lone Potsdam run in the bottom of the third inning after Massena had gone ahead 4-0 in the top half of the inning. Trevor Keleher had the other Sandstoner hit.
The Raiders are slated to play a double-header this afternoon at OFA starting at 4 p.m. while the Sandstoners close out the Central Division season at OFA on Wednesday.
In the other Central Division baseball matchups on Monday, Franklin Academy dropped Salmon River 10-3 and Canton turned Gouverneur 2-0.
FA 10, Salmon River 3: The Huskies, now 6-4 in league play and 7-5 overall, broke open a tight contest with six runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull away to victory.
The Huskies had a bit of difficulty against Salmon River starting pitcher Tyler Sisto, but did solved the sophomore right hander for four runs in the third inning. The Shamrocks countered with solo runs in the third and fifth innings to cut their deficit in half, 4-2, after six innings of action.
While Sisto was seemingly in command of the Huskies, expect for the third inning when the Huskies scored four runs, three unearned, the Shamrocks were still within striking distance.
It was Malones six-run sixth inning against a pair of Shamrock relievers that eventually led to the SRC setback.
Sisto (3 strikeouts, 1 walk) was lifted after six strong innings in favor of Jordan Wood, who did not record an out in the seventh. Wood gave way to David Roundpoint, who picked up the final three outs. FAs Alex Johnson didnt have the issues that the SRC hurlers had, and picked up the complete-game victory. Johnson struck out 11 Salmon River batters and allowed just three walks.
The Huskies broke out the lumber in the latter stages of the game, although Sisto served up six hits during his stint on the hill. Jake Perry paced the Huskies with a 4-for-4 performance with four runs batted in and a pair of runs scored.
Kody Mulverhill added three hits, a pair of singles and an RBI triple, while Jordan Yando collected two hits. The Malone bats heated up in final frame as Johnson and Gravell both doubled, while Blayke Lewis legged out a three-bagger. Tucker Bartenslager drove in a pair of runs with a single, while Jared Moody had a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
For the Shamrocks, Zack Smith singled twice, doubled and scored a run as singles came off the bats of Sisto (RBI), Justin Bigness (run scored), Tyler Brooks, Brandon Burdash (RBI) and John Harvey. Harvey also made a nice running catch in right field to help support the Shamrocks starter, while Jordan Wood turned a nifty double play to get Sisto out of a fourth-inning jam.
A pair of NAC East Division games played on Monday saw Parishville-Hopkinton outlast Madrid-Waddington 14-13 and Tupper Lake beat St. Regis Falls 15-4.
P-H 14, M-W 13: In Parishville, the Panthers staged a pair comebacks in turning back the Yellowjackets, rallying from an early 9-5 deficit to take a 10-9 lead then scored the final three runs of the game over the final two frames.
Mike Burns went the final inning and two-thirds to pick up the win in relief of starter Garrett Hayes while Harrison VanBuren came on to start the seventh inning in taking the loss.
Justin Frank anchored a balanced P-H offense with three hits, including a double and triple, three runs scored and two RBI. Anthony Pullano and Chase Simmons both drilled two-run singles to key the five-run outburst in the fourth inning. Burns had three hits, including a double, while scoring a run and driving home another. Wyatt Snell also had three hits and scored a pair of runs, including the tying run in the bottom of the seventh in front of a one-out single by Burns. Mike Cook drove in Pullano with the winning run with a two-out single.
Zach Brock had four hits and scored two runs in the losing cause. VanBuren singled and drilled a three-run double in the top of the sixth inning that put M-W ahead 13-11. Blair and Collin Peacock both singled and doubled while coming around to score two runs and one run respectively while Jacob Barney contributed two hits and two RBI.