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Friday, August 29, 2014

S.L.U. Saints Slay Dragons
5-2 in Season Opener


St. Lawrence's Manny Collins (6) skies, looking to redirect the ball in front of the Cortland net. The ball deflected through the crowd and was tucked home on a header by Harry Copeland (4) for the Saints' fourth goal. The Saints captured their season opener beating the Red Dragons 5-2.  (Bob LaRue photo)  Game Gallery

Strong Start Carries SUNY Canton to 2-0 Opening Win


At midfield, SUNY Canton’s Nick Escalante (11) battles the ball away from two Paul Smiths’ defenders in the closing minutes of the first half. The Kangaroos scored two goals early in the first half, then maintained a strong defense in the second half to capture the season-opening 2-0 win over the Bobcats.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

NCSN FRIDAY HeadlineS

Boys Soccer: Ogdensburg, Lisbon Win Cring Semifinals
Girls Soccer: Malone, Massena Fall in Season Openers
Men's Soccer: SLU, Clarkson, Canton Win;Potsdam Ties
Women's Soccer: Clarkson, St. Lawrence Both Win 1-0
Women's Volleyball: Clarkson Splits Facing #1 Calvin

Clarkson Women Fall in Fifth Set to  #1 Calvin


Calvin’s Ellie Diepersloot (21) spikes the ball between Clarkson’s Lauren Hutchinson (4) and Danielle Farabee (13) to score a point in the second set for the Golden Knights. Clarkson picked up a close 25-23 victory in the first set, but fell three sets to two, against the nation’s top-ranked Calvin Knights team.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery
 

Season Opener: Clarkson Wins 1-0 Thriller in O.T.


Clarkson’s Aubrey Harris (20) and Colby Sawyer’s Tallon Tomasi (11) sky for the ball. Harris won the ball and cleared it to keep the game tied. The Golden Knights and Chargers were deadlocked at 0-0 into overtime. Clarkson’s Nikki Carfi buried the game-winner in the 107th minute to give the Knights a 1-0 win.  (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Stames' First Goal Lifts S.L.U. Past Plattsburgh 1-0


SUNY Plattsburgh’s Ashlie Guinness (15) and St. Lawrence University’s Amanda Hamilton (10) battle for the ball at midfield. The Saints outshot the Cardinals 17-6, but weren’t able to find the back of the net in the early going. Katie Stames recorded her first collegiate goal in the 34th minute to give SLU a 1-0 win.  (Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

NCSN Summer Headlines

yost named suny potsdam head softball coach

From SUNY Potsdam Sports Information
SUNY Potsdam Athletic Director James Zalacca has announced that Nicole Yost has been named the Bears' head softball coach. In addition to leading Potsdam on the diamond, Yost will also serve as the Bears' assistant sports information director. "We're delighted that Nicole has accepted our offer," said Zalacca. "Her experiences gained from both her playing and coaching careers truly separated her from a very strong field of candidates. We're tremendously excited on embarking in this new chapter of SUNY Potsdam softball with Nicole as our head coach." For the last two seasons, Yost served as the assistant coach at Misericordia University where she participated in all aspects of the program. She was a hitting and fielding instructor, planned practices and clinics, directed all program fundraising and recruited athletes. During her time with the Cougars, Misericordia saw a seven-win improvement, going from 16-22 in 2013 to 25-17 in 2014 to reach the Freedom Conference and ECAC South playoffs. Since 2011, Yost has also assisted the Silver Bullets 18-under travel team in Williamsport, Pa. and the Jersey Shore (Pa.) High School team. Prior to her coaching career, Yost was a three-year captain and four-year starter for Mansfield University. The catcher/outfielder was highly decorated with the Mounties. Yost ranks second on the program's career home run list (23) and third on the single-season homer list (9). She was a first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selection in 2009 and 2010. She was also the Mounties Spring Athlete of the Year in 2009. As Potsdam's ASID, Yost will assist sports information director Dan Bronson in all facets of the department's coverage of the Bears' 16 varsity programs. Yost, an Antes Fort, Pa. native, earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education for mathematics from Mansfield in 2011 and her master's in instructional technology from Misericordia this May.

carlisle to help fund new locker rooms for saints

From St. Lawrence University Sports Information
Thanks to Preston Carlisle '52, the Saints women's basketball team will unveil a new locker room this fall. Carlisle, a North Country attorney, made a commitment of $100,000 to the room and has challenged other alumni and Laurentians to support this and other athletic projects. "Preston has been exceptionally generous to our department's needs for nearly two decades," said St. Lawrence Director of Athletics Margie Strait M'73. "He has helped fund renovations to Burkman Gymnasium and the Appleton Golf Course clubhouse, and supported ongoing program enhancements for our student-athletes." Carlisle was the recipient of the 2014 Scarlet and Brown Award, given annually by the Athletics Department to a member of the St. Lawrence University network who supports the mission of the department as it pertains to academic and athletic success as well as student-athlete development and experience. Basketball is one of his family's passions, as Preston previously served as a volunteer coach with the women's basketball team in the early 2000's and his son Rick coached the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. Departmental initiatives that Carlisle continues to support include the Senior Student-Athlete Awards Dinner and gifts to the seniors and team captains. He is a regular attendee at Saints sporting events and offers encouragement and advice to both the staff and student-athletes. "Preston and Joan have a strong presence in the North Country," added Strait, "We are fortunate to call him a friend."

two SUNY plattsburgh players in hudson league

From Plattsburgh State Sports Information
A pair of SUNY Plattsburgh baseball players spent their respective summers competing for two different teams in the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League (HVCBL). Both Ross Levinson and Manny Boccini earned spots on different teams in the nine-team league. Levinson, who will enter his junior year during the 2014-15 school year, took the mound as a relief pitcher for the Hudson Valley Hurricanes. The native of Monroe, N.Y., worked 30.1 innings for the Hurricanes and finished the season with a 4-0 record while sporting an ERA of 2.54. He surrendered just 11 earned runs and racked up 20 strikeouts. As one of the best relief arms in the league, Levinson was selected to the HVCBL All-Star Game in mid-July. He entered the game and tossed one inning in which he retired the only three batters he faced. During his first year with the HVCBL, Boccini signed on with the Putnam Athletics. Through 47 plate appearance, the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., product turned in a batting line of .361/.417/.477 before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Boccini was on pace to make one of the HVCBL All-Star Teams before his injury. Levinson's Hurricanes racked up the best regular season record in the nine-team league with a record of 23-5. The Athletics worked their way to a mark of 10-18. The 2014 HVCBL season wrapped up on July 31 with the DP Pirates taking the best-of-five league championship series 3-1 over the Kingston Braves.
 

kelly named head scout for u.s. women's natl. team

From Clarkson University Sports Information
Matt Kelly, who as an assistant coach played a prominent role in guiding the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team for the past six seasons, is stepping away from the program to become the head scout for the U.S. Women's National Team. The announcement was released Friday by USA Hockey. During his tenure with the Green and Gold, Kelly helped establish Clarkson as one of the premier programs in the country. Last season the Golden Knights reached the pinnacle of accomplishments in Division I women's hockey when they earned the University's first-ever NCAA Championship. "My family and I would like to thank President Tony Collins, his wife Karen, Athletic Director Steve Yianoukos, and Associate Athletic Director Scott Smalling," said Kelly. "Their passion, enthusiasm, dedication, and support has helped me grow as a coach and more importantly as a person. Secondly, we want to thank Matt and Shannon Desrosiers. They have been a pleasure to work with over the past six years and I am grateful to have had that opportunity. Their passion for Clarkson Women's Hockey is second to none, and that made coming to work so enjoyable. I have learned so much from both of them, but the one thing I will take away from my time with them is our friendship. We also want to thank the Clarkson community. So many have helped us along the way and words can't even start to express how grateful we are for all the support. Lastly, I want to thank all the players I have coached and recruited. I appreciate your willingness to learn and your commitment to Clarkson Women's Hockey. You have made this job fun and I will always cherish the wonderful memories you have supplied my family and myself." The Knights skated to 134 victories, posted four campaigns of over 20 wins, qualified for the ECAC Hockey playoffs every year, including four home-ice berths, made three conference championship tournament showings and advanced three times to NCAA Tournament during Kelly's time with the program, beginning with the 2008-09 campaign. In 2013-14, the Green and Gold won the ECAC Hockey Regular Season title with a 16-2-4 league mark and capped off a 31-5-5 overall record with a 5-4 victory over two-time defending national champion Minnesota in the NCAA Championship game on March 23 to complete Clarkson's best season ever. "It's going to be tough to see Matt leave Clarkson as he has been instrumental in helping our program capture our first National Championship," stated Clarkson Head Coach Matt Desrosiers. More Details

suny canton JUST one year from ncaa membership

From SUNY Canton Sports Information
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College's advancement toward full membership. SUNY Canton recently completed its second year of provisional status, and is just one year away from becoming an active NCAA Division III member. Schools typically must go through four years of provisional status before they are recommended for active membership. However, SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate year three and year four of the process. "We are honored and ecstatic with the NCAA's decision to waive our third year of provisional membership allowing us to take this huge step forward," said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. "Our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide should be credited with their commitment toward making this transition. Their work and dedication is making it possible for us to successfully advance in this process." SUNY Canton recently added five new sports in a three-year span to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from fewer than 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's golf, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, and men's and women's lacrosse. "This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA," said President Zvi Szafran. "Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies. Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues and professionals campuswide. "I'd also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference," added Sieminski. "They've been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process." All of SUNY Canton's athletic programs have competitive schedules against top Division III programs such as nearby St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY CANTON BASEBALL'S Hunneyman Signs pro deal

From SUNY Canton Sports Information
Former SUNY Canton baseball standout and Redwood, NY native Jordan Hunneyman recently signed a contract to play professionally for the Brownsville Charros, who play in the United League Baseball, an independent league in Texas.
Hunneyman, who graduated in May with his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Homeland Security, closed out his time in a Roo uniform with 111 hits and 10 home runs, while also driving in 85 runs during four seasons. Hunneyman holds a number of program records including the career marks for hits and home runs. The 2013-14 SUNY Canton Male Student-Athlete of the Year becomes the first Roos baseball player to sign with a professional team.  More Q&A with Hunneyman

Four Golden Knights Selected in cwhl draft

From Clarkson University Sports Information
Four recently graduated members of the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team, who helped lead the Golden Knights to the NCAA Championship title this past March, have been selected in the 2014 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft. Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT), Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE), Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) were among the 58 players selected in the fifth annual entry draft for the Canadian Women's Hockey League, which was held on August 19. Rattray was the first selection in the second round, chosen by the Brampton Thunder. Gagnon went to the Montreal Stars with the fifth pick in the second round. Mercer and Howe join Rattray as Brampton draft choices, going as the first selections in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. The 2014 CWHL Draft took place Tuesday night via conference call, with general managers from each team announcing which players they intend to sign in 19 total rounds, starting with Brampton, then followed by Toronto, Calgary and Boston, with Montreal concluding each round. Recognized as the best player in Clarkson's 11-year history, Rattray was honored as the top player in women's hockey last year, winning the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. A first-team All-American and ECAC Hockey Player of the Year also highlighted her resume. She averaged over a point per game as Clarkson's all-time leading scorer with 181 career points on 77 goals and 104 assists through 147 games and posted a +84. Rattray had 20 game-winners, 26 power-play goals and three hat tricks during her collegiate career. Gagnon was the 2014 NCAA Tournament Elite 89 award winner, named the recipient of ECAC Hockey's prestigious Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award, voted ECAC Hockey's Best Defensive Forward, chosen as a Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's At-Large first team and is ECAC Hockey's representative for 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. She skated in 148 career games at Clarkson, finishing with 33 goals and 36 assists. As a two-year captain, Mercer led Clarkson to its two best seasons ever, capped off by the University's first ever NCAA Championship in her senior campaign. She is Clarkson's second all-time leading scorer with 150 points on 53 goals and 97 assists through 153 games. Mercer was a second-team ECAC Hockey All-Star forward. A four-year starter in the Knights' crease, Howe is Clarkson's all-time winningest goaltender with a 90-32-15 career record, including 29 shutouts. She posted a .932 save percentage and a 1.57 goals against average. Howe was a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Star, twice won the league's Goaltender of the Year honor and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.

clarkson women's soccer VISITS spain FOR trainING

From Clarkson University Sports Information
Clarkson Women's Soccer head coach Sarah Raymond hopes to start a new tradition for the Golden Knights this summer when the team embarks to Spain later this week for a nine-day training trip. Though the Golden Knights' men's soccer team has journeyed to Germany in the past, this is the first foreign training trip for the women's squad in program history. With 18 players, two coaches, and three parents making the flight to Spain, the trip should prove to be a memorable experience for the team. The Knights will land in Barcelona on Saturday, August 2nd and will take the day to get acclimated. However, the team will enjoy some sightseeing at Nou Camp Stadium, the home of FC Barcelona, on Sunday and will then enjoy a training sessions in Molins de Rei with a Spanish coach and team on Monday. After a trip up the north coast, the Knights will take on Sant Gabriel on the fifth day of the trip, competing at 10:00 am local time (4:00 am EST). Following a few more days of training, as well as trips to the peaks of Montserrat and to the beaches of Tossa de Mar, the Knights will end the trip with their second friendly, this time against Vic at 11:30 am (5:30 am EST). The team will make its way back to prepare for the 2014 season on August 10th. Check the Clarkson Women's Soccer facebook page as well as www.clarksonathletics.com for updates and blog postings from student-athletes Ashley DeHond and Anna Demasi while they are in Spain.

pruiss named assistant women's volleyball coach

From SUNY Potsdam Sports Information
Dakota Pruiss '14, who competed at SUNY Potsdam from 2010-13, has been named the assistant women's volleyball coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz, as announced Wednesday by the Department of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation. "I am very excited to welcome Dakota into the New Paltz volleyball family," head coach Matt Giufre stated. "Her competitive drive, enthusiasm for the game and constant pursuit of excellence as a student-athlete was respected throughout the SUNYAC." "Pruiss has a strong coaching background for someone just coming out of college and a great volleyball knowledge gleaned from her past coaches," Giufre continued. "I am confident she will be a valuable member of our team and has a bright future in the coaching profession." Playing at Potsdam, Pruiss was a team captain from 2012-13, helping the Bears to two State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) playoff appearances and one Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason bid. For her career, Pruiss recorded 575 kills and 642 digs. Pruiss, a Wallkill, N.Y., native and 2010 graduate of Wallkill High School, earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Potsdam in May 2014. Pruiss served as a coach at WHOOSH Camp from 2009-10 and volunteered at the HVA Club in 2011-13. From 2006-10, Pruiss competed with USA Volleyball and played under Sue Medley, a former NCAA Division I coach. Playing on the WHOOSH Club in 2010, Pruiss and her teammates placed first in the IREVA Championships. "I am thrilled to begin working for New Paltz," Pruiss explained. "The volleyball team has shown such great success under Coach Giufre, and to work with him is a great opportunity." "This is a program looking to develop young women academically, athletically and socially, and I am proud to be a part of it," Pruiss continued. "I bring a competitive mentality and the urge to overcome adversity to the team. I have a lot of faith in the team when it comes to how successful we can be this season."

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NCSN SaturDAY Headlines

Boys Baseball: Heuvelton Falls to Hancock in Semifinal
Girls Softball: Heuv. Wins Semifinal, Falls to Fort Ann 8-2

Heuvelton baseball falls TO HANCOCK IN state semi 3-1


The Heuvelton baseball team fell to Hancock 3-1, despite a one-hit, one-walk pitching performance from hurler Mike Martin. However, the Bulldogs gave up all three unearned runs on errors, seeing their 17-game winning streak come to an end in the New York State Class D baseball semifinals in Binghamton. Mike Martin was also awarded with a state sportsmanship award before the opening pitch. The Heuvelton Bulldogs finished the season with an impressive 18-3 overall record. (NCSN Photo)

Heuvelton Softball Wins semifinal in 10 innings 7-6


Arkport Central’s Gabby Merry (10) slides into second base under the tag to advance into scoring position for the Blue Jays into the tenth inning. Paige McCormick drove in the game winning run in the 10th inning to win 7-6. The Heuvelton Bulldogs battled rallied three times to come back from the brink of elimination to beat Arkport 7-6 in the New York State semifinal. (Cody Jenne Photo) Game Gallery

Bulldogs fall to fort ann in STATE class d final 8-2


The Heuvelton Bulldogs celebrate a 21-1 season with there New York State Class D runner up plaque. Heuvelton struck first in the first inning off the double RBI from Paige McCormick but the Cardinals came back strong scoring five in the fourth inning to gain the championship victory 8-2 (Cody Jenne Photo) Game Gallery

Saturday, June 7, 2014

NCSN SaturDAY Headlines

Boys Baseball: Heuvelton Advances to Final 4, OFA Falls
Girls Softball: OFA Season ends, bows to Mechanicville

Heuvelton Nips Lake Placid 4-3; Advances To Final 4


Heuvelton’s Jack Palmer laces a line drive into rightfield for a single. The Bulldogs advanced to the New York State Final Four for the first time in eight years, with a nail-biting 4-3 victory over the Lake Placid Blue Bombers in the New York State Region II championship (state quarterfinal). But the final inning did not end without a few anxious moments and a bit of controversy. Eight Bulldogs collected a total of 11 hits in pulling out the win. Palmer tossed five scoreless innings, then gave way to Mike Martin for the final two frames. Dylan Liscum led the Bulldogs with three singles, while Martin slashed a double and a single and Palmer scored twice on a pair of singles. Heuvelton built a 4-0 lead, before Placid rallied in the late innings. With Heuvelton clinging to a 4-3 lead, one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and Lake Placid runners on second and third base, Bomber Ryan Damp looped the fly ball to the outfield. Heuvelton rightfielder Joe McDonnell raced in and juggled the ball up into the air, but managed to hang on. He then relayed the ball to the infield.  More Details  (Cody Jenne Photo)  Game Gallery

O.F.A. Bows To Schalmont in N.Y.S. Region II Final


Ogdensburg’s Kinnon LaRose (30) tags out Schalmont’s Dominic Toma (3) on the play at second base. Through five innings, the Blue Devils held a 2-1 lead over the Schalmont Sabres, before the “roof caved in” on their post-season hopes. Schalmont rallied for four runs in the sixth inning, then racked up six runs in their final at-bats to lock down and 11-2 victory in the New York State Class B Region II championship (state quarterfinal). After four perfect innings, Schalmont pitcher Greg Musk held the Blue Devils to just three hits, while overall striking out 12 batters in hurling the win. Ogdensburg gained a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by John Rogers and an infield error. Through the first five innings, Devils’ pitcher Kinnon LaRose had allowed just one earned run and four hits. LaRose also contributed a double, while Jared Barr and Eric Pinkerton each had singles to account for the Blue Devils three hits. O.F.A. closed out its 2014 campaign at 11-5 overall. (Drew Gearsbeck Photo) Game Gallery

O.F.A. Softball Season Ends at Hands of Mechanicville


Ogdensburg’s Riley Luckie (11) makes contact and sends the ball into centerfield for one of just five hits the Blue Devils could muster. Ogdensburg suffered through 12 errors and were unable to string together enough hits to mount any scoring, bowing to perennial state contender Mechanicville 10-0 in the New York State Class B Region II championship. The Red Raiders’ Kirsten Alonso fanned seven Blue Devils and allowed just five hits in sinking O.F.A. The Devils finished with a 10-7 record overall this season. (Cody Jenne Photo) Game Gallery

Friday, June 6, 2014

NCSN FRIDAY Headlines

Boys Baseball: Massena, Heuvelton, OFA Win in States!
Girls Softball: Heuvelton Advances to NYS Final Four!

O.F.A. Beats Saranac 8-5 in Class B State Regional


Saranac Central’s Austin Stanley (37) makes contact with the ball for the base hit to start the second inning. Ogdensburg bats came alive in the last three innings to earn an 8-5 win over the Section VII Champion Saranac Central Chiefs in the New York State Class B Region II Semifinal at St. Lawrence University in Canton. Both teams capitalized on walks and wild pitches to draw to a 4-4 tie. Saranac notched four runs on consecutive walks and a two-run single Caleb Keysor to tie the contest in the top of the fourth. However, the Blue Devils answered in the bottom of the frame by rapping five consecutive hits that produced four runs off Chiefs’ reliever Nate Stanton. O.F.A.’s Dakota Brady lined an RBI single and John Tayler lasered a two-run double over the left fielder to plate game-winning scores. When Saranac loaded the bases with two out in the seventh, Kinnon LaRose came on in relief of Blue Devils starter Seth Pinkerton to lock down the victory. Ogdensburg, now 11-5 overall, advances to face Section II Champion Schalmont in the Region II Championship game (state quarterfinal) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence University.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

HEUVELTON EARNS STATE WIN

HEUVELTON 14, OPPENHEIM-EPHRATA 0
Heuvelton’s Mike Martin hurled a five-hit, nine-strikeout shutout and got plenty of run production from the Bulldog lineup in a 14-0 rout of Section II Class D Champion Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville in the New York State Class D Regional semifinal game at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. Aiden Scagel, Andrew Woodard, Dylan Liscum and Cole Piercey all produced two hits each. Every batter in the lineup chipped in an RBI. With the win, the 17-2 Bulldogs return home to face Section VII Champion Lake Placid in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday at St. Lawrence University.

Massena Squeezes 3-2 Win vs. Peru in State Regional


Peru’s Alex Beaudette (6) sends the ball down the third-base line for a hit. With a dramatic finish in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Massena Red Raiders came from behind and downed the Section VII Champion Peru Indians in the New York State Class A Region II semifinal at St. Lawrence University in Canton. Peru got on the scoreboard first when Blake Altizer raced home on Jon Plesser-Blair’s safety squeeze bunt. Massena also played the squeeze-bunt option in the next inning, when Patrick Manning doubled, Logan Deshane sacrificed him to third and J.P. Reagan perfectly executed to bunt dribbler. The Indians restored the lead in the top of the fourth when Tristan Archambault drilled an RBI double to right-centerfield. With their backs to the wall in the bottom of the seventh, the Raiders Isaac Ward singled, Tyler Haas reached on a bunt and Cameron Marsh advanced the runners on a sac-bunt. Ward scored the crucial tying run on an infield error. Massena starter Rory Corcoran pitched 7⅓ strong innings, before giving way to reliever Jake Vierno who’s third pitch turned a much-needed double play to end the Indians’ extra-inning threat. Massena also played errorless defense to hold Peru to a 2-2 tie. In the decisive bottom of the eighth, Bailey Hewlett opened with a single and advanced to second on another throwing error. Isaiah Dillabough dug out a low fast ball and scorched an RBI single to rightfield for the thrilling walk-off victory for the Raiders who improved to 14-3. Massena advances to face Section II Champion Averill Park at 1:00 Saturday at St. Rose College in Albany.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery
 

Heuvelton Rallies To Edge Hamilton 4-3 in Extra Inning


Heuvelton’s Natalie Barr (8) beats the tag by the Hamilton second baseman to advance into scoring position. In a battle of undefeated champions, it took eight innings, but the Section X Heuvelton Bulldogs pulled off a dramatic 4-3 victory over the state’s top-ranked team Hamilton in the New York State Region II Class D Championship (state quarterfinal) at SUNY Potsdam. Paige McCormick scattered eight hits and fanned 12 batters over the first five innings. Alexis Weider, who had been in a vehicle rollover earlier in the week, pitched a crucial strikeout to stymie Hamilton’s bases-loaded threat in the sixth inning. Hannah Thornhill got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fist inning with a long towering two-run home run to leftfield. With the Bulldogs down a run, Logan Tallman got the winning rally started in extra innings when she notched her second hit of the game off Becca Rogers who also fanned 12 and surrendered just four hits. Alexis Sawyer then singled and Hannah Thornhill worked a walk. Tallman tied the game 3-3 on a wild pitch. McCormick then hit a sacrifice fly to win the contest. Heuvelton (20-0) advances to face Section V Champion Arkport-Pine Valley in the New York State Final Four on Saturday, June 14th at 9:00 a.m. in South Glens Falls. (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery