NORFOLK - The Norwood-Norfolk Central baseball team scored early and often in claiming an 11-5 decision over St. Lawrence Central in the semi-finals of the Section 10 Class C playoffs on Tuesday at Vern Burrows Field.
The Flyers (11-5) will now look to defend their sectional crown on Thursday when they take on top-seeded Brushton-Moira at St. Lawrence Universitys Tom Fay Field starting at 4:30 p.m. BMC advanced via a 9-4 decision at home over Tupper Lake in the other Class C semi on Tuesday.
After trading solo runs in the first inning, the Flyers scored a pair of runs in each of their next two at-bats before taking control with a six-run surge in the fourth that purhsed their lead to 11-2.
Tristen Harvey (2K, 2BB, 5R, 6H) went four and two-thirds innings for the win before giving way to Zach Benware, who fanned two and walked none in two and a-third innings of scoreless relief. Chris Tabor (4.2IP, 8K, 2BB, 9H) was saddled with the loss. Hadyn St. Hilaire (1.2IP, 1H) closed out the Larries mound effort.
Zeb Brown (2 runs scored), Benware (2RBI, run scored) and Kyler MacIntire (RBI, run scored) connected for two hits apiece in the winning effort. Coby Munson and RJ Bendt both singled and scored a pair of runs. Harvey doubled, scored a run and drove in three others while Dustin Norton drilled an RBI-single.
Shilo Winters went 2-4 with two runs scored in the losing cause. Brian Waite was 2-3 with a run scored. David Plante singled and scored a run while Joey DiMatteo came around to score the other SLC run.
BMC 9, Tupper Lake 4: BMC wasted little time, jumping in front with three runs in the home-half of the first inning. Tupper Lake countered with a solo run in the third with the Panthers striking for another three runs in the bottom of the frame. Brushton-Moira tacked on two runs in the fourth and completed its scoring with a singleton in the fifth to build a 9-1 lead for winning pitcher Alex Burnett.
Tupper Lake finally solved Burnett for three runs in the sixth, prompting the Panthers coach Missy Hastings-Lavigne to bring in closer Jake St. Mary for the seventh inning. St. Mary struck out the side, but issued a pair of walks to make the game interesting.
As Burnett began to tire in latter stages of the Class C playoff game, the Lumberjacks took advantage and collected three of the teams five hits and had their biggest offensive outburst of the game with three runs. But thats all that the Panthers would allow as St. Mary closed the door to send the East Division champs to the title game on Thursday.
The Brushton-Moira duo combined for 13 strikouts while allowing just five Tupper Lake hits during the win. Mitch Keniston suffered the season-ending setback with relief help from Noah Santana.
Offensively for Brusthon-Moira, Burnett singled and triple, scored a run and drove in one, while older brother Zach legged out a three-bagger in the fourth inning – much to the dismay of the Panther supporters, who wanted to see the BMC senior leg it out for a home run. Jon Kennedy had the other hit for Brushton-Moira, an RBI single in the third.
Hudson Sparks led the Tupper Lake team with two hits, including an RBI double. Keniston, Santana and Kris Crouse accounted for the other Lumberjack hits, a single each.
CLASS D OPENERS
In the first round of the Class D playoffs on Tuesday, Heuvelton outlasted Parishville-Hopkinton 8-6, Madrid-Waddington blanked Lisbon 6-0 and Harrisville dropped Hammond 19-4 while Edwards-Knox at Morristown was postponed to this after due to passing thunderstorms.
Heuvelton 8. P-H 6: The Bulldogs (14-2) rallied from a 4-1 deficit by scoring seven runs in the third inning with five well-placed singles.
P-H righthander Mike Burns blanked the Bulldogs the rast of the way and P-H capitalized on uncharacteristic control problems by Bulldog ace Mike Martin to scored twice in the seventh inning.
Martin used his seventh strikeout to end the game with the potential tying runs on base after. Martin came on after winning pitcher Jack Palmer struck out four in the first four innings and the two comvbined on a four-hitter.
Dylan Liscum (2 singles, 2 RBI), Jordan Macauley, Cole Piercey (RBI), Andrew Woodard and Colin Trathen all singled in the seven-run third inning. Aidan Scagal and Palmer also hit safely in the contest.
Burns struck out six in a complete game effort for P-H and also doubled at the plate. Wyatt Snell, Justin Frank and Lucas Snell singled while Shaw Keleher and Garrett Hayes contributed RBI.
M-W 6, Lisbon 0: At Jim Rishe Field, Zach Brock fanned six, walked none in a three hitter. Donnie Seguin singled in the third, Alex Arduine hit a single in the fourth and Joey Pellerin reached on a single in the seventh. The Jackets turned double-plays in the first and fifth inning.
Alex Arduine took the loss. He struckout six, walked one, hit a batter and allowed eight hits.
Brock lined a single scoring Tanner Uppstrom in the first inninbg. Harrison VanBurnen, who connected for four doubles and three RBI on the day, moved Uppstrom to third.
VanBuren doubled in the third.
In the fifth inning, Uppstrom singled, VanBuren drilled an RBI double. Zach Brock and Jacob Barney each supplied a single.
Noah Blair and Uppstrom both earned bases on errors in the sixth inning and scored on VanBurens two run double to left-center.
Harrisville 19, Hammond 2: A 10-run first inning lifted the Pirates as Justin Hartle went 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI and pitched the win allowing 10 hits in a game called after four innings because of rain. Jared Dreythaler (4-4) and Tim Fowler (4-5) each produced three RBI while Nathan Weaver finished 2-4 with a double. Tylor Sale and Bryon Evans (4 RBI) each went 2-3 .
Alex Folkeson and Nick Jewitt each finished with two hits for Hammond, Brock Tulley, Payton Frisina, Colin Martin, Brandon Fleming, Jacob Tate, and Brad Stewart each singled.
CLASS B OPENER PPD
The other sectional baseball matchup slated for Tuesday was a Class B opener pitting Salmon River at Gouverneur but that game was also postponed due to threatening weather conditions.
The game is now slated for this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. with the winning advancing to face top-seeded Potsdam Central on Thursday.