PLATTSBURGH — Cieara Duquette’s first home run of the season could not have happened at a more opportune time.
Down one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, the senior ripped a two-run homer, helping Plattsburgh High knock off No. 25 Saranac, 4-3.
“In the final frame, (Duquette) took an outside pitch to right field,” Hornets (5-1) coach Neil Bowlen said. “The right fielder misplayed the ball. She turned on the jets, and I had no plans of holding her up at third.”
Jamie Bedard pitched a complete game for Plattsburgh High, surrendering just four hits.
“Her pitch count was manageable,” Bowlen said. “I didn’t have to think about bringing anybody else in. I limited her innings in the last of couple of games, and it really paid off.”
Duquette was 3-for-4 and accounted for all four RBI. Kolbi Lyon also tagged an extra-base hit, a double.
Kourtnie Campbell led the Chiefs with two singles and a double, but was tagged with loss on the mound. Ashley Terry added a home run.
Bowlen credited senior leadership and the play of Hailey McLaughlin’s as keys to the win.
“Karlie Neale, (Lyon), (Duquette), Madison Trombley and Courtney Rohrig all know what it takes to win,” Bowlen said. “(McLuaghin) made some incredible plays in the infield, too.”
Plattsburgh High 4, Saranac 3
Saranac 101 001 0 — 3 4 2
Plattsburgh 001 100 2 — 4 6 1
K. Campbell and B. Campbell. Bedard and Neale. 2B- Lyon (PHS), K. Campbell (SCS). HR- Terry (SCS), Duquette (PHS).
NCCS 7, PERU 6
CHAMPLAIN — Katie Matott tied the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh and Michaela McDonough won it with a RBI single as the Cougars edged the Indians.
Peru, which trailed 3-2, scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh for a 6-3 advantage.
But in the bottom of the seventh, with two out, Matott knotted the score with her second home run of the game. Madalyn Tucker then singled, stole second and crossed the plate on McDonough’s RBI hit.
“It was a nice come-from-behind win,” NCCS coach Carrie McComb said. “It was a win we needed.”
Matott, Tucker and McDonough accounted for all of Northeastern Clinton’s hits with two apiece. Stephanie LaValley struck out seven and surrendered five hits in picking up the pitching win.
Nicole Breton, Maddy Flynn, Brittany Miner, Kara Barber and Brianna Padron had a hit apiece for the Indians. Kelly Neenan struck out five and allowed six hits in taking the pitching loss.
NCCS 7, Peru 6
Peru 101 002 2 — 6 5 2
NCCS 100 200 4 — 7 6 3
Neenan and Bombard. LaValley and Tucker. WP- LaValley. LP- Neenan. HR- Matott (NCCS) 2.
SARANAC LAKE 16, BEEKMANTOWN 3
BEEKMANTOWN — Brittany Tschirhart struck out seven batters as the Red Storm knocked off the Eagles.
Brittany Woodruff and Jordy McDougall each had a pair of hits and two RBI to lead the way for Saranac Lake. Tschirhart and Megan Kilroy both finished with two hits, with Kilroy and Sierra Nye delivering an RBI. Megan Moody added a double.
Brielle Carnright, Asia Harris-Relation, Maggie Chauvin and Katie Buccellato each had a hit for Beekmantown.
Saranac Lake 16, Beekmantown 3
Saranac Lake 051 018 1 — 16 11 0
B’town 000 012 0 — 3 4 1
Tschirhart, McDougall (7) and McGuoirk, Mel. Moody (7). Marsh and Harris-Relation. WP- Tschirhart. LP – Marsh. 2B- Meg Moody (SL).
Indian Lake/Long Lake 21, Wells 2
INDIAN LAKE — Madison Miller went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored five runs to lead the Orange past the Indians in a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference game.
Jazmin Piraino added a double and a single for Indian Lake/Long Lake, which scored four runs in the first inning to take control. Emma Gray had three hits and scored three runs.
Gray earned the pitching win, striking out six and walking one in a complete game.
“We played excellent defense behind her (Saturday),” Indian Lake/Long Lake coach Chip Farr said.
Wells’ Alex Brenan took the loss.
Indian Lake/Long Lake 21, Wells 2
Wells 000 101 0 — 2 6 5
IL/LL 413 706 x — 21 15 0
Brenan and Page. Gray and Hamdan. WP- Gray. LP- Brenan. 2B- Miller (IL/LL) 2, Piraino (IL/LL).