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Potsdam, Massena set stage for NAC Central baseball showdown


The Potsdam Central and Massena Central varsity baseball teams geared up for their mid-season matchup of NAC Central Division unbeatens on Thursday by surging to wins on Tuesday.

Potsdam 12, OFA 0: In Potsdam, the Sandstoners improved to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the division after they scored early and often against the Blue Devils while getting a masterful effort on the mound from senior Will Coleman.

“This was a big win for us,” noted coach Chris Donah as the Sandstoners took immediate control of the game with five runs in their first at-bat. “We got the runs early and Will did a great job on the mound.”

“Now we have a big game at Massena. They’re definitely no slouch so we’re going to have keep playing well to have a chance.”

Coleman fanned 10 batters and scattered four hits in hurling the complete-game victory. Kinnon LaRose (7K, 5BB, 10H) went the first four innings in taking the loss.

The Sandstoners got another balanced effort from the plate led by Trevor Keleher, who delivered three hits, including a double, scored three runs and drove in another. Senior Ben Miller connected for three RBI-singles and came around to score twice. Jacob Keleher (2RBI), Nate Gingrich (2RS) and Devon Delaney (1RS) contributed two hits apiece. Morgan Sutliff had the other Potsdam hit while Connor Prosper recorded an RBI and runs scored.

Jon Taylor had two of the OFA hits. LaRose and Seth Pinkerton struck for the others.

Massena 11, Salmon River 3: Salmon River, in searched of its first win of the season, opened up the the NAC game against rival Massena with three runs in the home-half of the first inning to hold a 3-1 lead. The Shamrocks’ advantage lasted until the third when the Raiders crossed the plate three times to move in front 4-3. The game stayed that way until the sixth inning, when Massena sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven times to bolt past the Shamrocks and remain unbeaten (5-0) in league play. The loss drops the SRC squad to 0-5 for the season.

“We either play well defenisvely and don’t get the pitching, or like today, we got some real good pitching and didn’t play well defensively,” recalled Salmon River coach Ben Barkley. “We hit the ball a ton in the first inning, then our bats just fell silent.”

Of the seven SRC hits, four came in the three-run first as Justin Bigness singled and scored. Tyler Brooks, Brandon Burdash and Tyler Sisto all singled with Jordan Woods (walk) and Burdash crossing the plate. David Roundpoint launched a two-out double in teh fourth for SRC, but was left stranded at second.

Sisto opened up the game on the hill for the Shamrocks and pitched into the fourth inning when he was lifted in favor of Brooks, who lasted until the sixth inning. Roundpoint took over for Brooks in the sixth and, after struggling to find the zone, closed the door with four strikeouts over the final two frames to keep Massena’s scoring to a minimum.

Isaac Ward paced the Massena offense with three hits. The other six hits by the Raiders were individual singles.

Thursday’s game in Massena is slated to start at 4:30 p.m.

The other Central Division game on Tuesday saw Franklin Academy outlast Canton 1-0 in eight innings.

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