OGDENSBURG - The Potsdam Central varsity baseball team closed out the regular season by clinching sole possession of the NAC Central Division banner with a 14-4 win on the road over OFA on Wednesday.
The Sandstoners built a 5-4 lead through four innings before pushing across nine unanswered runs over the final three frames, including a decisive five-run outburst in their final at-bat. The Sandstoners are slated to play a non-league game at home against Massena on Friday before heading into the Section 10 Class B playoffs as the top seed.
OFAs loss was a double setback to the Devils who lost junior pitching standout to Seth Pinkerton, who suffered a concussion on an attempt to avoid a tag at secondbase.
Pinkerton was taken to the hospital but released after a normal CT scan.
OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton said Seth would be tested seven days after his symptoms subside.
Wednesdays NAC game saw the NAC Central Champion Stoners finish their division season at 11-1 behind crafty southpaw Ben Miller who struck out 11 in a two-hitter.
Will Coleman belted two doubles and a single, shortstop Trevor Kelleher stroked two singles and made a series of sparkling plays in the field and Miller stroked three singles for the Stoners who pulled away with three unearned runs in the fifth after OFA scored three times in the fourth to close to 5-4.
Sebastian Quintilliani struck out seven pitching a complete game for the Devils whose three hits came on a double by Pinkerton and singles to Jon Tayler and DaKota Brady.
In the other Central Division matchup on Wednesday, Massena Central blanked Salmon River 9-0 while East Division action saw Madrid-Waddington sweep a pair from St. Regis Falls by scores of 18-2 and 5-1.
Massena 9, Salmon River 0: In Massena, Isaiah Dillabough fanned eight, walked two and surrendered two hits in five scoreless innings and Josh Manley notched three strikeouts, walked one and allowed two hits in two innings of relief as the Raiders improved to 11-2 overall and 9-2 in the Central heading into this afternoons regular season finale at Gouverneur. Dillabough had a triple and a single while Tyler Haas singled and scored twice. Connor Paquin (run scored), Jordan Ralston (run scored) and Cameron Marsh each singled once.
For Salmon River, Zach Smith rapped a doubled while Brandon Burdash, Tyler Sisto and Jordan Wood each singled as the Shamrocks closed out their regular season at 2-10.
M-W 18-5, SRF 2-1: In Madrid, the Saints never found success at the plate, struggling to figure out the jackets pitcher, Noah Blair (3 strikeouts, 1 walk). With just five hits in the first game, SRF plated two runs, both coming in the first inning off the bats of Ryan Duquette and Louis Goodrow on singles. That is the closest they would find themselves for the rest of the game, with MW scoring 10 after two innings of play. Matt Cummings was the lone Saint to have multiple hits with two singles and Dylan DeCarr added in a single to round out the hitting in game one.
Duquette (3 strikeouts, 2 walks) opened the game for the Saints, where he would eventually give way to Tyler Fraser (1 strikeout, 3 walks, 1 HBP) and Mike Smith (2 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 HBP) to close the game.
The nightcap was a different story for the Saint pitching staff, as Cummings (5 strikeouts, 1 walk) held the Jackets to five runs, but received little help from the offense. Jackets pitcher, Jacob Barney perplexed the Saints batters, allowing just one run off of five hits. Louis Goodrow led the way at the plate for SRF with a single and the only Saint multi-base hit of the day, a three bagger. Duquette, Jesse Goodrow and Trystin Hartson all chipped in with singles, and Hartson driving in the lone run.