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Massena softball pulls away to NAC Central win over Salmon River

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FORT COVINGTON — The Massena Central varsity softball team bounced back from a hard-fought loss to Brushton-Moira to start the week by pulling away to a 14-3 NAC Central Division win over Salmon River on Tuesday.

The Lady Raiders took full advantage of its six hits and used 14 walks and a pair of hit batters by losing pitcher Brittany Brooks to pick up the 14-3 NAC win over the host Shamrocks.

“I have to say this was a team loss,” explained Salmon River coach Liz Durfee. “We had four errors behind Brittany and that kind of unsettled her. Then she lost her touch around the plate and most of her walks and the two hit batters came after the errors. She pitched pretty well up until then.”

Melanie Taylor relieved Brooks in the sixth inning, but the damage was already done by the Red Raiders.

Massena took a 1-0 lead with the game’s first run in the top of the first, then tacked on three runs in the third. Massena added one in the fourth, three in the fifth and salted the win away with a four-run sixth. The Raiders capped the win with a two-run seventh.

The host Shamrocks cut their deficit to 5-1 with a solo run in the fourth and scored one run in both the sixth and seventh innings for the 14-3 final.

Vanessa Kirkey picked up the win in the circle for the Raiders (2-2 league, 2-4 overall), striking out six SRC batters against four free passes.

Offensively for the victors, Bailey Dillabough and Chelsea Streeter had two hits apiece, with Dillabough smacking a double. Kirkey and Reaghan Peets had the other two hits for Massena, a single each.

For the Shamrocks, Cierra Hill had a 2-for-3 effort at the dish, while singles came off the bats of Brooks, Sierra White and Jenny DeJung.

The Lady Raiders are slated to play at Canton on Thurday while the Lady Shamrocks head to Ogdensburg for a double-header against OFA.

In the other Central Division softball action on Tuesday, OFA beat Potsdam 29-0, OFA outlasted Gouverneur 2-0 and Franklin Academy blanked Canton 6-0.

OFA 29, Potsdam 0: In Potsdam, the visiting Lady Blue Devils pushed across 10 runs in their first at-bat and never looked back for the win.

Jennie Dalton struck out eight in tossing a five-inning two-hit shutout. Jil Lincoln lined a double and two singles and drove in two runs for the Devils who received two hits from Madi Bresett, Alicia Shaver (double), Sadie Brown and Molee Ahrens.

Kelsey Green, Ashley Webster and Erica Mason combined to pitch for the Lady Sandstoners. Green had two of the three Potsdam hits, including a double, while Megan Oney singled to account for the other.

The Lady Sandstoners return to action on Saturday on the road against Brushton-Moira starting at 11 a.m.

Brushton-Moira 2, Gouverneur 0: In Gouverneur, Emily O’Connor struckout 19 and walked none while limiting the host Lady Wildcats to just three hits to earn the win.

Makenzie Rowe had 11 strikeouts and four walks in taking the loss.

The Lady Panthers broke through for the first run in the top of the fourth after Ashley Debeer and Paige Debeer opened with back-to-back doubles.

Kenzi Traynor doubled to lead off the seventh and eventually scored the other run of the game on a passed ball.

Alexis Rowe, Isabella Spelpa and Shadon Way singled to account for the Gouverneur hits.

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