Bears Turn Back Repeat Challenge By Lady Devils
BY DAVE SHEA
CANTON - For the second time in two days, on Tuesday, Canton and OFA renewed an NAC Central Girls Softball rivalry. On Tuesday, Canton sophomore Hadley Alguire and OFA junior Bailey Friot stoically mixed pitches and matched determination and toughness on the mound .
Two games won by the Golden Bears advantage in plays made in the field and at the plate.
Following up a 10-6 win Monday at OFA, Canton prevailed at home 9-3 by stranding eight OFA runners on the bases in the first four innings and then scoring six unanswered runs over the last three innings.
Canton stayed undefeated in the division at 7-0 while OFA slipped to 4-4.
Alguire assumed mainstay status on the mound for Canton with Emily Wentworth sidelined with an injury and the Golden Bears as a team stepped up on offense according to Golden Bears' Coach Mike Wentworth.
"We are without Emily Wentworth for a while because of a knee injury caused by playing pickup basketball. As a team we talked about needing to step up and fill the void left by her. OFA is a very dangerous and well-coached team. We just got some timely hits when we need them," said Canton Coach Mike Wentworth.
The Bears consistently denied OFA's bid for big hits capped by shortstop Lexi Huiatt snaring a rippling line drive off the bat of Friot and doubling up a runner at third to snuff a major threat in the fourth inning. The Devils scored twice to gain a 3-3 tie and loaded the bases with one out.
"We hit the ball well in the early innings and got a lot of people on base. We just didn't string enough hits together for the big inning. We need to make plays against teams like Canton. They continually put pressure on you with bunts and base running. You can not give them extra outings in any inning," said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
Haldey Alguire struck out 10 OFA hitters who combined to produce eight hits on the day. Bailey struck out three Bears who combined on 10 hits and scored a run in the fourth inning on a well executed delayed steal of home by Lexi Huiatt.
"Hadley Alguire is only a sophomore and she has stepped up big time in the absence of her cousin Emily (Wentworth). I love that she never any emotions on the mound," said Coach Wentworth.
"I think Bailey Friot pitched great today for OFA. She pounds the zone and her changeup was very good today."
Huiatt singled three times and scored three runs for Canton, Alguire doubled and singled Cate DeCoteau doubled and drove in four runs and Brooke Larrabee also doubled. Hadleigh Thorton delivered two key singles and Natalie Warner lined a two-run single.
Bailey Friot led OFA with three singles and singled home Emily Farrand who led off the game with a double. Katherine Smith drove in two runs with a double and Emma LeBeau and Ramie Blackburn each singled.
Potsdam 16 - Salmon River 10: Taylor Benda led the Sandstoners by reaching base all six times. Julia Van Wagner stroked a double and two singles and Karley Green singled twice. Jacobi Mitchell singled twice for Salmon River. Massena 21 - Gouverneur 11: Ainsley Cromie scored four runs on three singles and a homerun for the Raiders. Caitlyn Reed ripped a single, double, two triples and scored three runs. Elizabeth Riutta and Raelin Burns singled twice for Gouverneur.