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Potsdam baseball team surges past Canton in NAC season opener

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CANTON - The Potsdam Central varsity baseball team broke open a close game with one scoring surge then put it out of reach with a second in pulling away to a 13-1 win over Canton Central in the NAC Central Division season debut for both squads at the SUNY Canton diamond on Wednesday.

Ben Miller pitched five strong innings for the win, striking out six while allowing one run and scattering three hits as the Sandstoners turned a 1-0 deficit after four innings into a 6-1 lead in the fifth before putting together a seven-run barrage in the sixth. Will Coleman provided two innings of scoreless relief where he fanned five of the batters he faced.

Alex Hayes (2K, 4BB) pitched a shutout through four innings before being relieved in the sixth after allowing eight runs in taking the loss. Jake Corbine and Avery Slack each provided an inning of relief.

Shawn Clark led the way offensively for Potsdam with three hits, including a double and a three-run homerun that keyed the decisive fifth-inning scoring surge. Coleman singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice. Trevor Keleher and Andrew Ace both had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.

Mike Cougler singled home Slack in the bottom of the second inning for the only run of the game through the first four innings. Bryant Wentworth and Hayes singled to account for the other Canton hits.

The Sandstoners are slated to host Massena next Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. while Canton is scheduled to play at Massena on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The other NAC baseball action on Wednesday took place in the West Division where Hammond outlasted Lisbon 5-4 while Heuvelton overwhelmed Hermon-DeKalb 22-0. Massena at Franklin Academy, OFA at Gouverneur and a double-header between Parishville-Hopkinton and Brushton-Moira were all postponed.

MASSENA SOFTBALL DROPS OPENER

The Massena Central varsity softball team opened the NAC Central Division season with a 12-1 loss to Franklin Academy on Wednesday.

Annie Sharlow pitched the win, striking out six and walking two while scattering two hits through six innings as the Lady Huskies gradually pulled away from a 3-0 first-inning lead. Alyssa McCauley pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

Making her varsity debut, sophomore Vanessa Kirkey had two strikeouts and walked nine in taking the complete-game loss.

Whitney Legacy sparked the FA offense with a triple, double and two runs scored. Janel Heden singled, doubled and scored a pair of runs while Sharlow aided her cause with two hits and two runs scored.

Mackenzie Young drilled an RBI-double that plated Kaliegh Zappia with the lone Massena run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chelsea Streeter singled to account for the lone other hit.

Guided by first-year year varsity coach Sue Macaulay, the Lady Raiders will look to get on track on Friday with a scheduled game at Canton starting at 4:30 p.m.

In the other NAC softball action that survived continued cold and damp spring weather on Wednesday, OFA gained a 10-0 Central Division win over Gouverneur while a pair of West Division matchup saw Heuvelton overpower Hermon-DeKalb 24-0 and Lisbon outscore Hammond 11-8.

OFA 10, Gouverneur 0: In Ogdensburg, senior righthander Brittany Barr allowed only one baserunner in pitching a no-hitter in her first start as the Blue Devils’ number one pitcher. Barr struck out five, handled five groundballs on the mound and retired 19 straight batters after a two-out walk in the first inning.

OFA struck for seven runs in the first two innings sparked by Jocelyn Fifield who singled in the first and second inning and went to score three times on the day.

Felicia Barr went 3-3 with a triple and two singles and Brittany Barr and Stacy Barr both singled twice. Riley Luckie, Shannon Tooley, Mollee Ahrens and Cheneye Tyo all stroked singles and Maddie Bresett added an RBI-groundout for the Devils, who host Salmon River in another Central Division contest on Friday.

The Wildcats noted a defensive highlight when catcher Jordan Lay tagged out two runners at the plate on the same play.

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