OGDENSBURG - A day after moving into contention for the NAC Central Division regular season title by handing Potsdam Central its first loss, the Massena Central varsity baseball team was left one game behind in the loss column on Tuesday after managing a twinbill split on the road against OFA.
Playing at Father Martin Field, the Raiders dropped the opening game 10-2 before regrouping to claim the nighcap 7-6. With the split, Massena slipped to 8-2 with games against Salmon River and Gouverneur left before sectionals. Potsdam, 10-1, can now clinch sole possession of the NAC Central banner this afternoon with a win over OFA in its regular season finale.
OFA 10-7, Massena 2-6: In the opening game, Seth Pinkerton mixed an explosive curveball with an overpowering fastball in hurling a 15-strikeout two-hitter. Despite issuing six walks, the junior righthander cruised after Kinnon LaRose made an outstanding diving play at shortstop to curtail a potential big inning opportunity.
Massena starter Rory Corcoran struck out seven in four and a-third innings but the Devils broke through for five runs in the fifth inn ing as DaKota Brady (RBI), Sebastian Quintilliani (RBI), Larose and Jon Rogers all singled.
LaRose finished with a double and two singles and two RBI to lead the OFA offense and other singles came from Peyton Lalone, Jon Tayler and Zach Barr.
Isaiah Dillabough rapped a pair of doubles to account for the two Massena hits.
In the nightcap, Bailey Hewlett made two outstanding plays at shortstop and Jeremiah Reagan made an outstanding running catch in the centerfield in the final two innings to back Josh LaShomb, who picked up the victory after relieving starter Jake Vierno in the third inning.
Isaiah Dillabough, who doubled in two runs in the first inning, scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh where he belted a leadoff triple and scored on a bases-loaded walk by Reagan.
The two Massena hurlers combined for five strikeouts while LaRose fanned eight batters in a complete game effort.
DaKota Brady doubled and singled and drove in three runs for OFA which also received two singles from Peyton Lalone and Sebastian Quintilliani and singles from Jon Tayler, LaRose and Zach Barr.
Hewlett, Logan Deshane and Cameron Marsh all added singles for Massena which is slated to host Salmon River today starting at 4 p.m.
In the other Central Division game played Tuesday, Canton outscored Franklin Academy 5-3. The East Division action saw St. Lawrence Central beat Chateaugay 5-1, Brushton-Moira sweep a pair from St. Regis Falls 11-0, 22-5 and Madrid-Waddington split a twinbill with Tupper Lake, taking the opener 6-2 while dropping the nightcap 3-2.
SLC 5, Chateaugay 1: In Brasher Falls, the Larries built a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run triple by Jace Lanning and that would be enough as Hadyn St. Hilaire gave up just one run on five hits in tossing the complete-game victory. Nick Ashline had four strikeouts and three walks while allowing six hits in taking the loss.
St. Hilaire also made lead contributions offensively with a single, double, two runs scored an an RBI. David Barney singled and scored a pair of runs. Shilo Winters and Joe DiMatteo connected for singles while David Plante came around to score the other run as the Larries added a solo run in the fifth and two more in the sixth before surrendering the lone Chateaugay run.
Chris Cluff had two hits and scored the lone run for the Bulldogs.
Madrid-Waddington 6-2, Tupper Lake 2-3: The Yellowjackets split a double header with Tupper Lake taking the first game 6-2 but fell 3-2 in the nightcap of the five inning twinbills.
Zach Brock went 3-3 in game one and fanned four and allowed no walks and five hits for the win as M-W scored three runs in the third and fourth. Jacob Barney, Aaron Armstrong and Noah Blair each singled with Mike Thew connecting for two singles and two RBI. Devon Larson took the loss and singled twice. Brad St. Pierre, John Bouck, and Noah Santana each singled once.
In game two, Anson Gagnier walked and scored on a pass ball for the game winning run in the third inning for Tupper Lake.
Mitch Keniston fanned four and scattered seven walks and six hits in the win for TL.
Gagnier had two hits while Bouck, Noah Santana, Dylan Miller, and Kris Crouse each singled.
Z. Brock went 3-3 for M-W. Colin Peacock supplied two hits while Jacob Barney connected once. Harrison VanBurnen fanned four batters and walked three in a six hit setback.