High drama climaxed almost simultaneously at adjoining fields at the OFA Athletic Complex on Monday.
At the Coopers Field, the Blue Devils Softball team (7-3 NAC) secured a 3-2 eight-inning win over Canton (4-3 NAC) in repeat of last years Section 10 Class B championship game and a probable preview of this seasons title game.
At the Alton W. Elliott Athletic Complex, the OFA Girls Lacrosse team (3-7) scored its biggest victory of the season in a 9-8 decision over Potsdam which knocked the Lady Stoners (8-2) out of a tie for first place.
In the nightcap of a lacrosse double-header undefeated Salmon River blanked the OFA Boys 22-0.
Other OFA action of the day saw the golf and baseball teams set up showdowns at Potsdam. The 6-0 Devil golfers downed Gouverneur 195-237 in their home finale at the St. Lawrence State Park to set the stage for tough NAC season ending tests at Potsdam (4-2) on Wednesday and at Malone (3-2) on Friday.
In baseball action, OFA (9-1) downed Canton (2-9) 6-2 in NAC Central contest played at SUNY Canton which was rained out at the Jim Pinkerton Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
The Devils secured their second win of the season against Canton in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jocelyn Fifield, who threw out a runner at third from centerfield in the first inning, drew a leadoff walk, raced to third on an infield error and scored when Brittany Barr belted a long drive over the leftfielders head.
Brittany Barr also picked up the victory in her second stint on the mound.
She pitched the first four innings but then encountered trouble gripping the ball in the cold. After pitching next four innings, Felicia Barr encountered similar problems and Brittany Barr returned to pitch the eighth inning and close out a six-strikeout three-hitter.
Emma Rexford went the distance on the mound recording 13 strikeouts and stroked two singles at the plate.
This was a huge win for us in terms of confidence since we could very well play them in the Class B finals. This was the first time we have overcome adversity all season, said OFA Coach Meg Bartell who related that OFA and Heuvelton will schedule a makeup game for the game lost when the Heuvelton Tournament was rained out on Saturday.
Now we have to win our last home game against Massena.
OFA took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Brittany Barr doubled, Stacey Barr singled and both runners scored on passed balls with Maddie Bresett at the plate.
Canton answered in the bottom of the sixth when Sarah Facey reached on an error, Katie Christy drew a walk and Kaeli Frank rapped a two-run double. Riley Luckie singled twice for OFA and Shannon Tooley added a single.
Note: Brittany, Felicia and Stacy Barr, Jocelyn Fifield, Shannon Tooley and Maddie Ward, along with parents, were honored in a pregame Senior Game Ceremony.
Nikki Holmes won the last two draws of the game and scored off the ensuing action with 1:31 and 19.6 seconds to play to give the Devils the upset victory.
The decisive tallies gave Holmes five goals and one assist on the day and answered Annette Nettie Rishes fourth goal of the contest which gave Potsdam an 8-7 with 2:45 to play.
After Potsdam went ahead I called a timeout and told Nikki that we had to win the draw. She won the draw we needed to tie the game and then won another draw which led to us getting the winning goal, said OFA Coach Lauren Morley.
Erica Chase had the best game of her career in goal and our defense of Courtney Sherwin, Paige McCarney and Nicole Hammond played extremely well. This was a big confidence boost for us.
Chase made three point-blank saves in the final three minutes and finished with 10 stops while Potsdam keeper Kate Bloom finished with five saves.
Mackenzie Bresett (2 goals, 2 assists) set up the OFA winning goal and also scored twice, Sky Hoover scored off a long run, Anna Couperus netted a short range tally and Kaitlin Sheppard passed out two assists.
Michaela Cole scored twice for Potsdam with Ally Miller passing out two assists and Hannah Dreschel and Jenny Tardelli each netting single tallies.
Alumni Note: Former OFA standout Chelsea Martin helped Cortland State advance to the NCAA Divison III Final 4 for a second straight year over the weekend. Cortland downed Bowdin College of Maine in Sundays regional finals. The Dragons will meet Trinity College of Texas in the national semi-finals.
Alex Farrell struck out eight in a four-hitter throwing his second complete game win of the season and stroked two singles in a winning offense paced by a double and a single from Pat Cosmo.
Alex Farrell gave us another big outing heading into Thursdays game at Potsdam. He pitched well in very cold conditions, said OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton.
Seth Pinkerton, Konnor Murdock, Zach Sharpe, Lefty Arsenault and Alex Cole all stroked singles for OFA while Bryant Wentworth, Avery Slack, Jake Corbine and Jon Stone singled for Canton.
Undaunted by cold, windy and damp conditions, OFA fashioned a season best 195 with three golfers breaking 40.
Conor Hannan led the way with a medalist 37 and Brandon Mullin (birdie on two) and Tristan Moore (career best) fashioned rounds of 39.
Dillon Binion and Jed McRoberts followed at 41 and 40 and Alec Manke shot a nonscoring 47. Ernie Bishop led Gouverneur at 45.
We will finish on two tough courses at Potsdam and Malone but the guys have responded well all season, said OFA Coach Joe Lynch.
Conor Hannan and Brandon Mullin have been extremely steady all season and Tristan Moore gave us a great round today.
They are just an offensive machine, the way they run their plays said OFA Coach Matt Morley after the undefeated Shamrocks put on an impressive display which included an 11-goal second period in repeating as NAC Champions.
We have to go up to Saranac Lake on Friday and get a win and look to improve our playoff position.
Skylar Thomas (3 goals, 3 assists), Frank David (3g-1a), Dalston Day (2g-3a), Kyle Lewis (5a), Sky Sunday (3g), Trenton Tarbell (2g, 1a), Kason Tarbell (2g-1a), Lakota Square (2g-2a), Francis Jacobs (2g) all contributed to the Shamrocks attack with multiple points. Single goals went to Karonhiate Lazore, Dalton Roundpoint and Naylen Laffin. Kobi Johnson made two saves and Randy Peters helped with the shutout.
Spencer Lawrence handled 16 saves for OFA and was one of six players honored with parents in a halftime Senior Game ceremony.
Also recognized were: Chris Axtell, Jake Garrison, Justin Feldt, Christian Simmons and Nick Perrigo.