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Massena softball teams pulls away from Potsdam; FA sweeps Salmon River


MASSENA - The Massena Central varsity softball team pushed across 11 runs in its first at-bat en route to claiming a 19-1 NAC Central Division decision at home over Potsdam on Wednesday.

Vanessa Kirkey tossed a nine strikeout, one walk, one hitter allowing just one run in the first inning in the win. Kirkey also singled as Massena answered Potsdam’s first inning run with an 11 spot.

Sam Villnave smacked two doubles for the Raiders while Chelsea Streeter connected for a double and a single and Bailey Dillabough supplied two singles. Kaleigh Zappia, Mackenzie Young and Natalie Pescold each singled.

Kelsey Green lined a single for Potsdam. Jordan Emerson reached and scored in the first inning on a wildpitch and took the loss.

In the other NAC Central softball games slated for Wednesday, Franklin Academy gained two wins over Salmon River while Gouverneur at Canton was suspended due to the weather.

FA 20-9, Salmon River 1-1: The Huskies and Shamrocks completed the suspended game from Tuesday, April 16, and picked up the game in the top of the second inning with FA leading 5-0. The Huskies added to that and finished the five-inning tilt with a 20-1 victory. In the regularly scheduled contest for Wednesday, FA’s Annie Sharlow picked up where game-one winner Alissa McCauley left off and continued to stymie the SRC hitters as the Huskies won game two 9-1. Both of the Salmon River runs were unearned as the FA hurlers fired no-hitters against the Lady Shamrocks.

FA built a 5-0 lead in the April 16 contest before it was suspended by inclement weather. The delay didn’t seem to bother the Huskies as they continued to add to the lead with two runs in the second inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and put the game well out of reach with a nine-run fifth inning to hold a 20-0 lead entering Salmon River’s final at-bat of the game. The Shamrocks took advantage of a pair of FA errors in the fifth inning to ruin the shutout bid of FA’s Alissa McCauley for the 20-1 final.

McCauley spun her third no-hitter of the season, striking out nine with one walk and one hit batter, as the Huskies rapped 13 hits off losing pitcher Emily Tremblay.

McCauley, Emily Marshall and Janelle Heden paced the FA offense with two hits each. Marshall singled and triple with an RBI, McCauley plated three runs, and Heden drove in two to help the FA cause.

Other hits came off the bats of Morgan Fountain (RBI), Maggie Albu, Whitney Legacy (2 RBI), Makayla Pickering, Annie Sharlow (2 RBI), Katie Lamica (2 RBI) with Erin McDonald stroking a double and walking three times. Brooke Collins added a sacrifice fly to the FA effort.

No to be outdone, Sharlow tossed her second no-no of the 2013 season in the second game versus Salmon River. Sharlow fanned 10 SRC batters with three walks as Melanie Taylor suffered the loss. Taylor struck out a pair of FA hitters but allowed six free passes.

Collins paced the FA girls at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance while McDonald went 2-3. The big hit of the game came off the bat of Sharlow, as she legged out an inside-the-park grand slam home run in the bottom of the first inning as the FA girls scored seven times to hold an early 7-0 lead en route to their ninth win of the season.

Legacy and McCauley had the other two FA hits, a single each.

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