POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central baseball team turned back Gouverneur Central 7-3 in the semi-finals of the Section 10 Class B playoffs on Wednesday.
The Wildcats advanced to face the top-seeded Sandstoners by outlasted Salmon River 7-6 in a first round matchup that was staged at the Potsdam Central varsity diamond earlier in the afternoon. Potsdam will now get set to take on defending champion OFA in the Class B title game on Friday at SLUs Tom Fay Field starting at 4:30 p.m. OFA doubled Canton 4-2 in the other semi-final played on Wednesday.
Potsdam 7, Gouverneur 3: The Sandstoners reversed a 3-2 deficit with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth then added another run in the sixth as senior lefty Ben Miller picked up the win in relief of starter Connor Prosper, who fanned six, walked one and gave up five hits as the Wildcats took advantage of five errors to score all three of their runs. Miller notched five strikeouts, walked one and scattered two hits in three innings of scoreless relief.
Aaron McEathron (6K, 6BB, 7H) went the distance in taking the loss.
The Sandstoners got a balanced effort at the plate with six batters producing at least a hit or run scored. Miller and Devon Delaney both singled and scored a pair of runs. Trevor Keleher singled, scored a run and drove in another. Will Coleman doubled and scored a run and Morgan Sutliff singled while Andrew Ace had two hits, including a two-run single that sparked the decisive fifth-inning rally. Jacob Keleher came around to score a solo run.
Danny Mullin and Dustin Bullock had two hits apiece in the losing cause. Ryan Besaw singled and scored a run. Dylan Gibson and McEathron had the other hits as the Wildcats closed out their season at 3-11.
Gouverneur 7, Salmon River 6: Aaron McEathron struck out the side in the eighth inning to pick up the victory in relief of Dylan Gibson, who struck out nine pitching the first seven innings.
In the bottom of the eighth McEathron walked, moved onto third on a double by Ryan Besaw and scored when a groundball by Brandon Ramos was misplayed.
Kurt LaPlant singled and doubled with an RBI and Mullin stroked an RBI single for Gouverneur.
Tyler Sisto (4IP, 9K) and Jordan Wood (3IP, 7K) combined to work the hill for the Shamrocks. The two pitchers also delivered two hits apiece with Wood delivering an RBI.
OFA 4, Canton 2: Kinnon LaRose prevailed over Cantons Alex Hayes in a matchup of two pitchers who were ready to go the distance in Wednesdays semi-final game.
LaRose struck out nine in four-hitter, did not allow an earned run and ended the game with a strikeout to snuff a bases-loaded threat for the Bears. LaRose also escaped bases-loaded jeopardy in the fifth inning after the Bears Tom Christy was hit by a pitch and scored on a throwing error.
Jake Corbine walked in the fourth inning and scored on an error.
The Bears were also denied in the sixth inning when catcher Jon Tayler picked a runner off thirdbase.
Hayes struck out six and allowed just one base-runner after the Devils scored two runs in the second and third innings.
In the second inning Zach Barr, Jordan Miller and Jon Rogers singled and Cody Rolfe delivered a two-run single.
In the third inning DaKota Brady belted an opposite field homerun over the rightfield fence and Barr stroked an RBI single.
LaRose also singled for the Devils and Dylan Scanlon, Francesco Palumbo, Hayes and Avery Slack singled for Canton.
CLASS D OPENER
In a Class D tournament opener that was postponed from Tuesday, Lisbon pulled away to a 12-1 win over Edwrs-Knox. Lisbon will now get set to take on Harrisville in the semi-finals this afternoon. Heuvelton and Madrid-Waddington square off in todays other semi.