The boys varsity baseball team traveled to Potsdam on Thursday searching for their first win. There was a glimpse of offense in their loss to Gouverneur on Wednesday, but the Bears were yet to play solid baseball for all seven innings.
The first inning against Potsdam was a very important moment in the season because the Bears had yet to start a game strong. Sam Roiger and Scott Ahlfeld started off the top of the first with a hit and a reach on error, respectively. Colby Young picked up his first hit of the season in a big way: a two run double that put the Bears on the board. Ahlfeld set the Sandstoners down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first to keep the Bears two-run lead.
The second inning is when the craziness began. Canton tacked on three more runs, but Potsdam got one back in the bottom of the inning. As Canton failed to score in the third, Potsdam stormed back into the game with seven runs, putting them ahead 8-5. Canton cut the lead to two through four innings, and then scored three to take a 10-9 lead. Potsdam regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, going up 11-10. Canton scored seven runs in the sixth and added 4 more runs in the seventh to get their score to 21 runs, while pitchers Tanner Hazelton and Young kept the Sandstoners’ bats quiet. Canton wins 21-11.
Ahlfeld led the Bears with three hits and six RBI s, and was a home run short of the cycle. Nate Romano reached base in each of his five plate appearances. Roiger scored four runs, including a heads-up play where he stole home on the unaware Potsdam pitcher.