The Potsdam Central and Norwood-Norfolk varsity baseball teams extended their undefeated starts to the 2013 NAC season with wins over divisional rivals on Monday.
Potsdam 10-6, Salmon River 0-0: Will Coleman spun a seven-inning, 15-strikeout, two-hit shutout in opening game and Connor Prosper tossed a five-inning, three-strikeout no-hitter in the nightcap, which was played a non-league game as the Sandstoners improved to 3-0 atop the NAC Central Division standings and 6-0 overall.
Coleman walked one, then tripled and singled to support his own effort. Ben Miller added a pair of singles, scored three runs and drove in two while Shawn Clark rapped three singles, drove in three and scored twice. Brandon Noble singled and doubled while Andrew Ace singled two times, driving in two in support of Coleman.
Devin LaPage and Antwain Domino each singled once in the opener while Jarid Gray suffered the loss, fanning one with five free passes.
In game two, Shawn Clark belted a pair of two-run homers in support of Prosper. RBI singles came off the bats of Miller, Noble and Mark Maroney as Prosper allowed just two base runners – one via an error and one hit by pitch.
Bert Gray took the loss, fanning three batters.
The Sandstoners are slated to play at OFA on Wednesday while Salmon River is slated to play a non-league game at Peru of Section 7.
N-N 12, Brushton-Moira 1: At Brushton, the Flyers ran their overall record to 3-0 on the young season, breaking open a tie ballgame with a four-run third inning and saddling the the host Panthers with the loss.
A pair of Flyer pitchers combined to limit the Panthers to just one hit during the divisional victory while rapping 11 hits against four B-M hurlers.
Winning pitcher Cody Smith opened the game on the hill for the Flyers, 1-0 in the division, with Tristan Harvey slamming the door shut on B-M, tossing the final two frames.
Norwood-Norfolk opened the scoring with a solo run in the first as Zeb Brown singled to right and raced over to third on the first of three B-M errors. Brown trotted home with the games first run as Harvey stroked a single to right.
Brushton-Moira made it a close contest early on as leadoff batter Adam Martin worked Smith for a free pass, trotted to second on a balk, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the N-N catcher.
After that, it was all N-N, as the Flyers scored four runs in the third, added a solo run in the fourth and capped the victory with three runs in both the fifth and seventh innings.
In picking up the win, Smith allowed just the one hit – a single to left in the second inning off the bat of Jon Kennedy – four walks and struck out seven – five looking. Harvey closed the door in the final two innings.
B-M starter Alex Burnett was taken off the hook when Brushton-Moira tied the game at 1-all in the first, as he gave way to Zach Burnett in the third. Zach Burnett had trouble finding the strike zone as he walked three batters, hit one and served up just one base hit, a two-out, two-run single by Chris Prashaw.
But the damage was done and the Flyers added to their 5-1 lead over the final four innings to post the victory.
Smith, Brown and Harvey led the N-N offense with two hits each with Smith and Harvey rapping a double each. Harvey finished the game with three RBI as Prashaw drove in the eventual game-winning run with his third-inning single.
The Panthers Trent Gary made his varsity debut on the mound in the top of the fourth, relieving Zach Burnett with Kennedy finishing the game on the hill, tossing the final frame. The four B-M pitchers combined to allow 11 hits, five walks and hit three N-N batters while striking out six.
OTHER NAC BASEBALL
In the other Central Division game played Monday, OFA blanked Canton 10-0 while the lone other East Division game saw Madrid-Waddington stop Parishville-Hopkinton 14-0. The two West Division games had Harrisville doubling Lisbon 6-3 and Edwards-Knox outscoring Clifton-Fine 7-4.
OFA 10, Canton 0: Breton LaRose struck out seven and allowed two hits in five innings and Alex Farrell secured a save allowing just one hit and striking out three tossing three scoreless innings in relief as OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton picked up a victory in his first home game.
The Devils broke loose for four runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth against a very young Canton squad sparked by Zack Sharpe who lined two singles and a double to drive in five runs and scored three times from the ninth sport in the batting order.
Andrew Cole singled and doubled for the Devils and Konnor Murdock (RBI) doubled and saved the shutout on defense by charging a bunt from thirdbase and tagging out the runner a runner at the plate.
Singles in the OFA cause came from Kinnon LaRose, Chandler Barney, Farrell, Seth Pinkerton and DaKota Brady. Bryant Wentworth, starting pitcher Alex Hayes, Nathan Holmes and Daven Foote singled for Canton.
M-W 14, P-H 0: Zach Brock had 10 strikeouts and walked none in a complete-game two-hitter as the Yellowjackets opened a 3-0 lead in the third inning then took control with an eight-run outburst in the fourth. Wyatt Snell (2K, 4BB) went four innings in taking the loss before Logan Chapman (1K, 2BB) and Ryan Snyder (1K, 2BB) closed out the pitching effort for the Panthers.
Michael Thew doubled, tripled and score a run in the winning effort. Brock (3RBI, 1 run scored) and Alex Baxter (2 runs scored) poled two hits apiece while Dan Cassada singled and scored a pair or runs.
Tanner Wilson and Joey Curtis has the two hits for P-H (0-2) which is slated to host a double-header today against St. Regis Falls starting at 4 p.m.
N-N MODIFIEDS WIN
The Norwood-Norfolk modified baseball team improved to 2-0 with a 19-6 decision over Brushton-Moira on Monday.
Tristen St. Andrew fanned six and allowed just three earned runs tossing the win for the modified Flyers and anchored the offense going 3-4 with a triple, two doubles and two RBI. Riley Smutz (2 RBI) pitched two innings of relief and had three hits along with Zack Wilby (double). Peter Jarvis was 2-3 with an inside-the-park homerun. Caleb Bresett was 2-4 with a double and RBI. Delivering singles were Gage Orologio, Zack Benware, Sidney Belmore, Blake Haywood and Kaleb Parker.
N-N plays at Madrid-Waddington on Wednesday.