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Massena, Salmon River Baseball and Softball Teams Gearing Up for Post-Season


Carli Cartier hits the ball during the second game of a Gouverneur doubleheader on May 19.

The Massena and Salmon River baseball and softball regular seasons have come to a close.

On the softball diamond, the Lady Raiders clinched second place in the NAC Central Division with an 8-3 record. The Lady Shamrocks finished in eighth place at 0-13. The Salmon River squadron has one game left of their regular season, which was to have been played after press deadline for this edition.

In baseball, Massena finished in fourth place in the NAC Central division with a 7-5 record. The Shamrocks ended in seventh at 0-12.

Both softball squads saw their share of ups and downs during the last full week of regular season play.

On May 14, Massena clinched a 15-8 win over Malone. Malone took an early 2-0 lead, but Massena came back with three runs in the third inning. Malone answered with five runs for a 7-3 lead going into the fifth inning. Massena came back to pull within two runs of a tie, then batted in five runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh. The Lady Raiders were able to take advantage of five Huskies errors in the final two stanzas. Brittany Condon pitched the win for Massena. She allowed 14 hits, walked two and sat down five batters. Brooke Myers was stuck with the loss, giving up 12 hits along with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Condon and Streeter, who also batted in four runs, led Massena with three hits apiece. Gabby Durant batted a single, a double and scored twice. Alyssa Eubank singled and crossed home plate four times. Sydnee Carroll (one RBI) and Allie Currier each had one hit.

The following day, Massena and Salmon River met in a Fort Covington doubleheader with the Lady Raiders winning 16-4 and 13-10. In game one, Massena scored three times in the first inning and fashioned an 11-0 lead by the end of the second inning. Salmon River scored two runs in the bottom of the second, denying a shutout to winning pitcher Nehta Point. Massena returned to the bat to cross home plate twice in the top of the third. They went on to drive in four in the seventh, and the Lady Shamrocks drove in two more during their final chance at the bat. Point struck out four and walked three while allowing eight hits. Lauren Martin for the Rocks struck out five, walked 11 and hit one batter. Eubank, Natasha Gardner and Durant all hit two-run doubles. Streeter knocked three singles. Carroll hit two singles with one run scored. Point hit a single with an RBI and Megan Garcia singled. For Salmon, Talyn Wylie had three hits with one run scored. Carli Cartier had two hits, including one double. Avery Benedict-Swamp went 2-3 at the bat. Kayle Cunningham reached first base on one hit. Game two saw Massena drive in 11 runs during the first two innings and score two more going into the sixth, where Salmon River sent five runners home for the 13-10 final tally. Condon pitched for the win. She struck out three, walked none and gave up 16 hits. Wylie was saddled with the loss, fanning five, walking three and giving up a dozen hits. For Massena batters, Gardner and Skyler Trumble each went 2-3 with two RBIs each. Carroll singled and doubled. Condon and Alexandria Currier each had two RBIs and two hits. Durant, Katie Underwood, Desiree Hargrave and Logan Deshaies all had solo hits. For Salmon, Benedict-Swamp (three RBIs), Cunningham and Katrina Oakes had three hits each. Cartier (one RBI) and Morgan Arquette each had a pair of hits. Martin doubled with two RBIs. Jheri White had a single with an RBI. Jasmine Dunn knocked a base hit.

On May 17, Massena lost to Canton by just one run in a 5-4 road bout. Point, stuck with the loss, struck out five and walked two as Massena committed five errors. Kate Furnia earned the win as she fanned seven batters and walked one. Gardner led Massena's offense with a single, a double and a run scored. Deshaies had two singles and reached home plate once. Eubank had a single and a double.

The following day, Potsdam downed Massena 25-7. Eubank went 2-2 at the bat. Karley Green and Breanna Cardinal each went 3-4 for Potsdam.

On May 19, Salmon River fell in two games of a Gouverneur doubleheader 16-1 and 12-5. In game one, Wylie was stuck with the loss. She struck out two batters, walked four and allowed 17 hits. Mary Gray went 1-2 at the bat and drove in one run in the fourth inning. Arquette went 1-2 and Martin went 1-1, also reaching first base on a walk. Game two saw Martin take the mound, where she sat down two batters, walked 11 and gave up nine hits. She also hit one batter with a pitch. Gouverneur had built a 3-0 lead going into the third inning, when Lady Shamrocks' batters drove home three runners and tied the game. Gouverneur came back for the fourth inning and scored seven runs, holding the home team to just one.

On the baseball diamond, Massena and Salmon River opened the week of May 14 with a Massena bout that ended in a 15-5 Raider win. Garrett Engstrom earned the win, striking out seven and walking one while scattering four hits. Connor Lewis pitched 2 1/3 innings to earn a loss. Zack Monacelli led Massena at bat with a double, a triple and an RBI. Liam Murphy connected for an RBI double and two runs scored. Logan Shantie rapped an RBI triple and reached home plate once himself. For the Rocks, Cameron Cartier knocked a bases-clearing triple and scored once. Lewis knocked an RBI single.

The following day, Salmon River completed a previously suspended game that ended in them taking a 17-9 loss to Potsdam. It was the second game of a May 2 doubleheader that had been postponed in the fourth inning. Potsdam was ahead 10-9 when the game was called due to darkness. On May 2, Salmon River had scored four runs in the second inning and five in the fourth before the game was paused.

On May 16, Salmon River dropped a 9-3 game to Ogdensburg Free Academy. Hunter Ghostlaw batted two singles for the Shamrocks.

The same day, Massena beat Canton in both games of a twin bill, 10-4 and 10-3. Zack Goolden pitched the game-one win, fanning nine batters while walking three and allowing one earned run. Merrick Taraska went 3-3 at the bat with two runs scored and two RBIs. Monacelli went 2-4 with two runs scored and two batted in. Goolden knocked a single and a double with three RBIs. Matt Phillips singled, doubled and drove in one run. Josh Sheets and Engstrom each singled and scored twice. Christopher Paige had a single and a run scored. In game two, David Dubray started on the mound. Josh Sheets hit three singles. Taraska (two runs) and Monacelli (one run) each rapped a single and a double. Robbie Southwick hit twice and scored twice. Paige and Avery Barney each had a pair of hits and crossed home plate once.

Lauren Martin winds up to pitch during the second game of a Gouverneur doubleheader on May 19.

On May 17, Salmon River dropped a 7-3 game to Canton. Cartier earned a loss, striking out 10 batters and walking six. Tim Cook went 3-4 at the bat with one run scored. Hunter Ghostlaw knocked a single and reached home plate once. Cartier and PJ Ghostlaw each had solo hits.

The same day, Massena lost 10-3 to Malone. Taraska started on the mound and was tagged with a loss. Phillips relieved him, and the pair gave up a combined 11 hits. Southwick led Massena batters with two hits and two RBIs. Engstrom and Sharlow each rapped doubles. Monacelli and Phillips each hit singles.

On May 18, Massena lost to Potsdam 4-1. Aden Barney led the Raiders at the bat with a pair of hits.

The same day, Salmon River lost both games of a doubleheader to Gouverneur, 9-4 and 16-11. In game two, Cartier hit a triple and a double.


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