The OFA Golf team took sole possession of the Northern Conference Division I lead while the baseball and softball teams geared up for a meeting of Central Division showdowns in Mondays action against Franklin County opponents.
In a midseason meeting of D1 unbeatens, the Blue Devil Golfers downed Malone 207-220 while the baseball and softball teams downed Salmon River gathering momentum for games against Malone.
The baseball squad (7-1 NAC) posted a 16-0 victory and will look to reverse its only loss in hosting Malone on Friday. The softball (5-2 NAC) squad prevailed and will visit an undefeated Malone squad on Thursday.
In boys lacrosse action, OFA (2-8 NAC) issued a serious challenge to 9-2 St. Lawrence Central before dropping a 7-3 decision.
The Devils depth once again proved decisive as the Huskies recorded the two best rounds of the day at the St. Lawrence State Park (par 35). Mike Sullivan shot a medalist 36 and Evan Hannah posted a 39.
The Devils answered with their five scoring rounds bunched between 40 and 43. Jed McRoberts and Brandon Mullin, who birdied the eighth hole, both finished at 40, Conor Hannan tallied a 41 and Rudy Binion and Alec Manke finished at 43. Tristan Moore finished with a non-scoring 46 and Alexandria Sprague (45), Elliott Vanier (47) and David Sprague (43) rounded out the Malone total.
The greens were very hard today which caused some problems but shooting a 207 is a very good effort. said OFA Coach Joe Lynch.
Alec Manke had a very nice round in the sixth position. This was a nice win but now we will see where we stand as we go on the road to Massena, Potsdam and Malone.
Colin Ross fired a round of 40 from the alternates ranks and Matt Piercey carded a 48.
This was a very strong team effort. There is no question about it. We played the second best team in the league and a team which led Salmon River for much of their game and we played well enough to win on both offense and defense, said OFA Coach Matt Morley who will lead his team to Potsdam on Thursday for a 7 p.m. start.
We failed to connect on several excellent chances but I think the difference in the game was their goalie, Kody Kocsis, he made a lot of big saves. And Spencer Lawrence kept us in the game with his play in goal.
The Larries took a 2-1 lead after one period and answered an OFA rally which cut the difference to 5-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Cody Burns (1 assist) and Marshall Burninghausen each scored three goals off excellent ball movement in the SLC offense. Skyler Burns tallied one goal with one assist, Blake Baldwin passed out two assists and Stiles and Luke Arquiett each chipped in assist to back Kocsis 11-save effort.
Jake Garrison scored twice for OFA with Andrew Roddy netting a solo goal and Andrew Putman and Nate Peo passing out assists to back Lawrences 13 saves.
Four pitchers combined on an 11-strikeout two-hitter and six players lined three hits or more as 7-1 OFA recorded its seventh straight NAC Central win in defeating Salmon River.
Our pitchers all threw very well and as a team everyone is hitting the ball hard, said OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton.
We are all looking forward to Malone on Friday and the Jim Pinkerton Tournament on Saturday (1 p.m. first game games: OFA vs Canton, Madrid-Waddington vs Brushton-Moira).
Zach Sharpe (2 inn 3 Ks) Alex Farrell (2 inn 3 Ks), Kinnon LaRose (2 inn 4Ks), Lefty Arsenault (2 inn 2Ks) combined for 11 strikeouts and Konnor Murdock (4 RBIs) drilled a triple, a double and two singles to lead the OFA offense.
Seth Pinkerton (2 RBIs) followed with two doubles and a single and Sharpe (3/3 3 RBIs), Andrew Cole (1 RBI) and Arsenault (1 RBI) each connected for three singles.
Zach Barr (2 RBIs) stroked two hits and Kinnon (1 RBI) and Breton LaRose each added singles. Jarrid Gray singled twice for the Salmon River hits.
A sixth run sixth inning carried the Devils past a solid effort by Salmon River which committed only one error.
Brittany Barr (7 strikeouts, 1 walk) picked up the win throwing a one-hitter for OFA while Emily Tremblay (5 strikeouts, 3 walks) went the route for SR.
Mollee Ahrens led the OFA squad with a 3-4 game, Stacy Barr singled and tripled while Felicia Barr singled and doubled. Jocelyn Fifield and Riley Luckie had two hits each for the winners.
Salmon River scored its lone run in the third inning without the benefit of a hit. Kwas Laffin reached on an error and moved around to score on wild pitches. Tremblay had the lone hit for SRC, a single.