Peru clinches Division I title; PHS outlasts AuSable Valley

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOPlattsburgh’s High Adam Darrah catches a pop fly in the infield as his teammate, Andrew Follmer, looks on during a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball game against AuSable Valley Tuesday in AuSable Forks. 

AUSABLE FORKS — Plattsburgh High had its offense clicking early and rattled off five runs by the end of the second inning.

The Hornets added one more insurance run in the fourth frame and went on to down AuSable Valley, 6-1, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball Tuesday.

Liam Perkins notched the pitching victory on the mound for Plattsburgh.

“PHS played great defense when we had runners in scoring position,” Patriots coach Randy Douglas said. “We hit the ball pretty well, but you can’t have six errors at this level and expect to win.”

Matt Pray had the lone extra-base hit of the matchup with a double for AuSable Valley.

Plattsburgh High 6, AuSable Valley 1

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Perkins, Golden (5) and Rascoe. McDonald, Devins (3), Morrow (7) and Snow, Walton (3). WP- Perkins. LP- McDonald. 2B- Pray (AVCS).



LAKE PLACID — The Indians clinched the Division I title thanks to their win over the Blue Bombers.

Peru’s Matt Forrence drove in the go-ahead run and an insurance run with a single in the top of the seventh inning, which plated Ryley O’Connell and Frankie Kneussle.

The Indians’ Sean Crowley (10 strikeouts, three walks) and Lake Placid’s Scott Sharlow (four strikeouts, one walk) were in a pitchers’ duel all afternoon and tossed complete games for their respective squads.

Duncan Seggar provided the Blue Bombers with two base knocks.

Peru 4, Lake Placid 1

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Crowley and Z. O’Connell. Sharlow and Segger. WP- Crowley. LP- Sharlow. 2B- Crowley (PCS).



PLATTSBURGH — The Bobcats opened the game with seven first-inning runs, but Beekmantown responded without a problem and put up 16 unanswered runs.

Kaden Kowalowski and Ben McCasland each had three hits for the Eagles, while Alex Trudeau chipped in with two more base knocks.

Kagan Livsey earned the win for Beekmantown, working four innings and allowing just one earned run on nine hits and no walks.

Freshman Anthony Marion toed the slab for two innings and did not allow a hit in his varsity debut, excelling in relief.

“NAC came out swinging the bats well and jumped out to a 7-0 lead,” Eagles coach Dave Manney said. “I was proud of how our boys responded and finally regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“We honored our six seniors prior to the game at Chip Cummings Field. Kaden Kowalowski, Ryan Bone, Alex Trudeau, Kagan Livsey, Ben McCasland and Hunter LaFountain all had hits in their final regular-season games for Beekmantown.”

Brett Juntunen helped highlight the Bobcats’ big first inning with a two-run, inside-the-park homer.

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Northern Adirondack 7

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Juntunen, C. LaBarge (4), Guerin (5), Smart (6) and Guerin, Juntunen (5). Livsey, Marion (5), Kowalowski (7) and Kowalowski and McCasland (7). WP- Livsey. LP- C. LaBarge. 2B- I. McCasland (BCS). HR- Juntunen (NAC).




KEENE VALLEY — Kaleb Cook racked up a team-high three hits to propel the Beavers.

Aidan Lopez, Hunter Buysse and Angel Torres notched two more hits a piece to boost Keene, and Buysse tallied the pitching win, working four innings and striking out six, while surrendering two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Scott Puterleo had a double to highlight some of the Oranges’ success.

Keene 17, Indian Lake/Long Lake 4 (5)

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Hutchins and no catcher provided. Buysse, Smith (5) and no catcher provided. WP- Buysse. LP- Hutchins. 2B- Puterleo (IL/LL), Cook (KCS), Buysse (KCS). 3B- Torres (KCS).





BEEKMANTOWN — Delaney McCormick’s defense helped the Hornets escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the seventh.

With the help of her defense, Calli Fitzwater pitched a complete game and got the win in the circle.

“Defense was the name of the game in this one,” Eagles coach Kate Duprey said. “Both teams were solid defensively. Delaney McCormick made a few game-saving plays for PHS, including knocking down a line drive that otherwise would have won the game for us.”

Amanda Vaughn finished with a game-high three hits in the Plattsburgh lineup.

McCormick and Vaughn hit back-to-back doubles in the Hornets’ four-run fifth inning. The tandem each had two RBIs.

Sarah Tisdale laced a two-run single for Beekmantown in the second frame, and Bailey Carter and Jillian Marin both had two hits for the Eagles.

Aleyah Lafountain pitched the entire game for Beekmantown and had seven strikeouts.

“Both pitchers did very well in this game,” Duprey said. “Fitzwater, an eighth-grader, showed great poise and maturity, as she navigated her way through a difficult seventh inning. Aleyah Lafountain was a little wild at times, as she hit three batters, but she also finished with seven strikeouts.”

Plattsburgh High 5, Beekmantown 4

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Fitzwater and Hemingway. Lafountain and Ruest. WP- Fitzwater. LP- Lafountain. 2B- McCormick (PHS), Vaughn (PHS), Carter (BCS), Martin (BCS).



PERU — In a low-scoring game, the Indians outlasted the Chiefs.

Peru’s Emily Beattie hurled a complete game and allowed just four base knocks in a winning performance.

Aislyn Liberty took the loss but also pitched a good game on the Saranac side, allowing just four hits.

“The wind was a big factor in (Tuesday’s) game,” Indians coach Amie Chase said. “Both pitchers pitched really well. As a team, I thought we played good defense, but our offense was quiet.”

Peru 1, Saranac 0

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Liberty and Burdo. Beattie and Jackson. WP- Beattie. LP- Liberty.




MORIAH — The Bobcats, clinging to a 2-1 lead, exploded for 14 unanswered runs.

Monica-Lynn Charland paced Northern Adirondack by going 4-for-5 from the plate, and Anna Brown rolled up 11 strikeouts in the circle.

Brown and Hannah Jock accounted for triples, and Charland and Anika Knight tagged doubles.




MORIAH — Rhylee Poupore, during her first time in the circle, racked up nine strikeouts.

Hannah Jock cracked a triple, and Jock, Monica-Lynn Charland, Anna Brown and Anika Knight led the Bobcats with multiple base knocks.

“Kira LaBarge was fantastic behind the plate, throwing out runners in the second game to showcase her endurance,” Northern Adirondack coach Mary Sexton said. “Both pitchers did a nice job, and Anna and Rhylee had strong defensive plays in their other positions.”

Alayna Bennett, Emma Hayes and MacKenzie Peters each had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

Northern Adirondack 16, Moriah 1

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Eichen, Baker (6) and Hayes. Brown and LaBarge. WP- Brown. LP- Eichen. 2B- Anderson (MCS), Charland (NAC), Knight (NAC). 3B- Jock (NAC), Brown (NAC).

Northern Adirondack 13, Moriah 7

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Poupore, Brown (7) and LaBarge. Eichen and Hayes, Anderson. WP- Poupore. LP- Eichen. 3B- Jock (NAC).