The OFA Baseball team took the motto Win the Next Pitch all the way to the Class B Final Four of the New York State Tournament.
The Blue Devils took the same approach in the classroom as the NAC Central Co-Champions and Section 10 and Capital Region Class B Champions produced 10 NAC All-Academic Award qualifiers and a 15-man New York State Scholar-Athlete contingent.
We started the season saying win now and using the approach of winning one pitch at a time allowed us to overcome adversity. We battled back three times to beat Potsdam in the sectional finals said OFA Coach Tom Pinkerton who thanked his assistant coach Marc Pinkerton, credited JV Coach Larry Mehaffy and modified coach Jarett Langstaff for guiding great seasons and cited retired OFA Coach Mike Sargent for setting up the final 4 run. This was just an outstanding team. We had a group of 10 players who started most of our games and the rest of the players did all the little things that made things run so smoothly.
Breton LaRose, Zach Sharpe, Seth Pinkerton and Konnor Murdock earned First Team All-NAC Central honors. Andrew Cole earned a Second Team All-Star berth and Pat Cosmo received the teams Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
The lengthy academic accolades saw: Zach Barr, DaKota Brady, Andrew Cole, Breton LaRose, Cavan LaRose, Kinnon LaRose, Pat Cosmo, Seth Pinkerton, Dave Prudhomme and Jon Tayler earn NAC All-Academic Awards and Alex Farrell, Breton, Cavan and Kinnon LaRose; Andrew Cole, Pat Cosmo, Brendan Arsenault, Konnor Murdock, DaKota Brady, Zach Sharpe, Chandler Barney, Jon Tayler, Seth Pinkerton, Dave Prudhomme and Zach Barr formed the NYS Scholar-Athlete Team contingent.
Coach Pinkerton concluded his program by presenting the special team awards.
This was extremely difficult because of the type of team we had. There were two or three players who could have won any of these awards, said Pinkerton.
Peyton Lalone, who batted .354 on the junior varsity team, received the George Goult Memorial Award as the Outstanding Freshman in the OFA program. Pat Cosmo, who posted a .414 on-base percentage and compiled the highest batting average on the team in games against Potsdam, Massena and Malone, received the Scott Ballou Memorial Award.
Thirdbaseman Konnor Murdock was honored as the Outstanding Defensive Player.
Andrew Cole, who compiled a .500 quality at-bat average and hit a game-winning ninth inning homerun in the regional finals against Section 2s Schalmont, was recognized as the Outstanding Offensive Player.
Breton LaRose, who capped an outstanding pitching career with a 23-strikeout effort in the regional finals win, was honored as the Teams Most Valuable Player.
DIAMOND NOTE: The Ogdensburg Maples game with Brockville, scheduled for Tuesday night, was postponed because of wet field conditions. The Maples host Ottawa tonight at 6 p.m. at Father Martin Field.