MASSENA - Three stingy pitching efforts helped the Massena Central varsity baseball team gain a low-scoring NAC Central Division twinbill sweep at home over Canton Central on Monday.
Two Raider hurlers combined to two-hit the Bears in a 4-0 decision in the first game while senior lefty Tyler Haas went the distance to earn the victory in a 2-1 Massena win in the nightcap.
In the opening game, senior righty Rory Corcoran pitched five solid innings to earn the win, striking out 10 and walking three while allowing just one hit. Junior Josh LaShomb came on to work the sixth where he pitched his way into and out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out two of the last three batters he faced after surrendering a hit and two walks.
Junior lefty Avery Slack took the loss, fanning six and walking four while scattering four hits in the complete-game effort.
Bailey Hewlett got the only run the Raiders would need when he led-off the bottom of the first by drawing a walk. He stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch then scored when Isaac Ward lifted a sacrifice fly to center. The Raiders went on to add solo runs in each of their next two at-bats before rounding out the scoring in the fifth.
Batting ninth, senior Jeremiah Reagan provided an offensive spark with an RBI-double and single. Ward wound up going 2-2 with a double and two runs scored. Corcoran came around to score the other Massena run.
Alex Hayes and Jake Corbine each singled to account for the Canton hits.
The second six-inning game saw the Raiders break through for the first two runs of the game in the top of the final frame before the Bears countered with their only run.
Haas struckout four and walked two while scattering four hits to outduel Cantons Alex Hayes, who also gave up just four hits while fanning three and walking two.
After five scoreless inning, Ward triggered the decisive sixth-inning rally for the Raiders when he was hit by a pitch as the lead-off batter.
Two batters later, he moved to second when Haas beat out a bunt for an infield single. Both baserunners advanced on a groundout before LaShomb stepped up to deliver a two-run single.
Dan Scanlon eventually came around to score the only run of the day for Canton, reaching on a fielders choice before two batters later when Slack connected for a second straight single.
Hewlett singled along with Jacob Vierno to account for the other two Raider hits.
Hayes doubled and Francesco Palumbo singled to round out the Canton hits.
This was only our third day out for a game. So far, Im happy with our pitching and our defense. Once our bats start to come around, Ill feel more comfortable, noted coach Greg Paquin.
The Raiders improved to 4-0 with their sweep over the Golden Bears and will now get set to host Potsdam Central on Thursday in a matchup of early-season Central Division unbeatens that is slated to start at 4:30 p.m.
In other NAC baseball action on Monday, Indian River gained a 7-5 nonleague decision over Potsdam in nine innings and Franklin Academy posted a 13-1 Central Division win over Salmon River while Chateaugay swept an East Division twinbill from Chateaugay by scores of 11-2 and 9-8. Another East doubleheader between Norwood-Norfolk and host Brushton-Moira saw BMC win the opening game 6-1 while the nightcap was suspended due to darkness with the teams tied at 4-4 through five innings.
Indian River 7, Potsdam 5 (9 innings): The Sandstoners led 4-3 after three innings then scored a solo run in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5 before the Warriors wound up producing the winning run in the top of the ninth.
Trevor Keleher came on in the seventh inning to take the loss following solid pitching efforts by starter Ben Miller and middle reliever Connor Prosper. The trio combined to notch 12 strikeouts and walk six batters while allowing just two earned runs.
Miller and Andrew Ace both had two hits, drove in a run and score another to anchor the Potsdam offense. Jacob Keleher drilled two singles and scored a run while Will Coleman singled, scored a run and drove in another. Nate Gingrich singled to account for the other Sandstoner hit.
Potsdam (4-1, 4-0) will be hosting Central rival OFA today at 4:30 p.m.
FA 13, Salmon River 1: The Huskies crossed the plate seven times in the second inning to even their NAC Central mark at 2-2.
Alex Johnson opened up on the mound for FA with Jon Brown relieving in the fifth. The Malone duo combined to allow two hits, two walks, no earned runs and struck out four. Cole Lage was given the starting nod by SRC coach Ben Barkley with Jordan Wood taking over in the fourth.
The Huskies rapped out 11 hits off the two Salmon River pitchers with Jake Perry leading the way with a 3-for-4 game that included a double. Blayke Lewis singled and tripled, while Abe Gravell went 2-3. Johnson, Jordan Yando, Kody Mulverhill and Jacob Scharf added singles to the Huskies win. The hit by Scharf was the first of his varsity career.
For the Shamrocks, their two hits – both doubles – came off the bats of Wood and Brandon Burdash.
BMC 6-4, N-N 1-4: The host Panthers wasted little time in taking the initial lead in the twinbill against Norwood-Norfolk and scored four in the bottom of the first to jump in front 4-0. Austin Tavernia opened up the frame with a leadoff double as Adam Martin followed with a walk. Tavernia scored and Martin took third on Jake St. Marys run-producing double. Both Martin and St. Mary crossed the dish as Zach Burnett ripped the first of his two extra base hits in the contest. Bryan Aubrey capped the four-run first with an RBI single
Burnett drove in his third and fourth runs of the game in the second inning, ripping a two-out triple to left and handing the win to Martin, who started the contest on the hill for the Panthers (2-1).
Martin (2 hits, 1 BB, 5 strikeouts) pitched into the fifth, when he was lifted in favor of St. Mary and fanned two of the three batters he faced.
Tavernia had three hits for BMC in the opener, including the leadoff double, while Burnett finished 2-2 with four RBI.
The Panthers also opened up the scoring in the second of the two five-inning games, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first. BMC held the lead until Norwood-Norfolk struck together three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a pair of fielders choices in the third to take a 4-2 lead.
The Flyer two-run advantage held up until the top of the fifth when the Panthers rallied to tie the contest at 4-4 – when St. Mary was called upon once again to close the door on the opposition.
Tristan Harvey worked St. Mary for a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth and trotted to second with the potental game-winning run on a passed ball.
St. Mary, once again, reached back for a little extra and slammed the door shut as he struck out the side to end the potential threat, which all led to the umpires and coaches agreeing to suspended the game.