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SLC softball earns chance to defend Class C title; Salmon River, C-P advances

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BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central softball teams turned back Norwood-Norfolk 5-2 in the semi-finals of the Section 10 Class C playoffs on Tuesday.

With the win, the Lady Larries remained undefeated at 17-0 as they get set to defend their sectional title on Thursday against top-seeded Brushton-Moira which overpowered Tupper Lake 23-0 in five innings in the other opening round matchup on Tuesday. The Class C final is slated for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the SUNY Potsdam diamond.

SLC 5, N-N 2: In a rematch of last year’s sectional final, the Lady Larries led 4-1 after pushing across three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning before going on to eliminate the Lady Flyers.

Lindsey Thayer fanned nine, walked three and allowed six hits going the distance for the win while Bryanna Powell (5K, 4BB, 8H) took the loss.

Thayer also played a lead role offensively with two hits and two RBI. Riley Barton and Liz Lynch both had two hits, scored a run and drove in another. Natasha Barnhart and Bailee Gauthier each singled and scored a run.

Katrina Durant slugged a solo homerun to highlight the N-N offense. Sidney Molnar singled and drove in a run while Kirstin Barkley, Cortney Harvey, Gabi Cole and Powell connected for the other hits.

BMC 23, Tupper Lake 0: In Brushton, urler Emily O’Connor kept the Tupper Lake bats quiet in the top of the first, setting the side down in order. The Panthers opened up on offense in the bottom of the inning and jumped in front 7-0, which was highlighted by Ashley DeBeer’s two-run double. The BMC girls exploded for 14 runs in the third inning, batting around the order twice with O’Connor’s run-producing triple the big blow in the frame. The Panthers capped off the 23-0 playoff win with two runs in the fourth inning, leading to the Tupper Lake coaching staff calling it quits for the season. The loss leaves the lady Lumberjacks with a 2-13 mark for the 2014 spring campaign. Every starting player in the Panthers’ lineup had at least one hit, with Paige DeBeer leading the offensive charge with a 3-for-3 game at the plate, which included working losing pitcher Malorie McLear for a walk, getting hit by a pitch and scoring two runs. O’Connor (4RS), Kenzie Traynor (4RS) and Mika Uehara (3RS) had three hits apiece, while Arielle Gary (3RS), Jenna Dufrane (2RS) and Sienna Kenney added two hits each. Kenney was 2-2 and scored a run while Ally Hooker rounded out the BMC offense with an RBI single during her second at-bat in the big third inning. In picking up the win, O’Connor limited the Lumberjacks to just four hits, two from Jesse Weigard, and struck out 10. O’Connor did not issue a walk nor hit a batter during the playoff victory.

CLASS B OPENER

In the opening game of the Class B softball playoffs on Tuesday, Salmon River turned back Potsdam 15-7.

The Shamrock bats exploded for 17 hits and producing 15 runs off of losing pitcher Jasmine Jandreau (2 strikeouts, 4 walks). SRC was led by Sierra White (5 for 5, 2 2B) Brittany Brooks (4 for 5, 2B) and Taylor Armstrong (2 for 5, 2B), who accounted for 11 of the 17 Shamrock hits, and all of the extra-base hits. Brooks also controlled the game from the mound, holding the Sandstoners to four hits, but issuing seven walks in the playoff victory. She also struck out five Potsdam batters in seven innings in the circle. The young Potsdam squad concludes the season without a victory (0-15). In the final game of the season, Jandreau, Kelsey Green, Victoria Mondragon and Megan Oney gave the Sandstoners their four hits. Jandreau was the only to get extra bases with a double. The Shamrocks travel to Ogdensburg to take on the Blue Devils for a 4:30 p.m. start today.

CLASS D OPENERS

In the opening round of the Class D playoffs, Colton-Pierrepont outscored Morristown 10-1 and Heuvelton beat Madrid-Waddington 18-0. The other two games were postponed due to passing thunderstorms and will now be played this afternoon with Edwards-Knox traveling to Lisbon and Chateaugay off to Hammond.

C-P 10, Morristown 1: At Swift Field in South Colton, the visiting Lady Green Rockets scored in their first at-bat before the Lady Colts countered with a seven-run barrage in the bottom of the second.

Sabrina Johnson had five strikeouts and walked just one while scattering three hits to notch the win. Piercey (5K, 5BB, 5H) was saddled with the loss.

Morgan Burns anchored a balanced C-P offense going 2-4 with a triple, RBI and run scored. Eve Whalen singled, drove in four runs and scored two others. Morgan Doyle (RS, RBI) and Haylee Hennessy (RS) struck for the other C-P hits. Johnson drove in a run and scored another while Andrea Aldous, Hannah Hogle and Kathryn Miller came around to score the other runs.

J. Geddes singled and scored the only Morristown run in front of an RBI-triple by L. Troiano while Haley Whitmarsh had the other hit.

The Lady Colts (12-3) will now get set to take on the winner of this afternoon’s Chateaugay-Hammond game on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in South Colton. The Class D final is slated for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at SUNY Potsdam.

Heuvelton 18, M-W 0: Freshman Paige McCormick pitched her third five-inning no-hitter of the season as the defending champion Bulldogs (17-0) will meet the winner of the E-K-Lisbon game on Thursday looking to secure a berth in Saturday’s championship game.

McCormick struck out seven in Tuesday’s game allowed only one baserunner when Mariah Patenaude reached on an error in the second inning.

Offensively the Bulldogs struck for four runs in the first inn ing and seven in the second.

Kristi Donnelly and Alexis Sawyer lead the way offensively with a double and two singles. McCormick and Nathalie Barr singled three times, Hannah Thornhill doubled twice and Abby Williams line a double. Alexis Weidner, Logan Tallman and Rachel Thornhill all singled.

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