Peru descends the Salmon River to advance in the regional baseball game | Sports


CANTON — The Peru Central baseball team made its share of mistakes but prevented Salmon River Central from enjoying them Thursday at St. Lawrence University’s Tom Fay Field.

“Moving forward, we have to play better than we did today if we’re going to continue our season,” coach Brian Marino said after the Nighthawks opened the Class B playoffs. NYSPHSAA in surviving six errors in posting a 7-0 win over the Section. 10 champion clubs.

“We had a few mistakes, but we bounced back and found the plays we needed to make,” added Marino.

Wyatt Penmore allowed just one hit through four-and-a-third innings for the win. He struck out five and scored just one while enjoying three late-inning double plays that snuffed out the only real goal threats generated by Salmon River.

Zach O’Connell then closed out the win with two innings and two-thirds scoreless relief.

“Our pitchers did a good job on the mound, but the three double plays we had were key,” Marino noted. “Wyatt had a good game, but we didn’t want him to throw more pitches than he needed and Zach came in and did a good job of finishing. Now we have our top three pitchers available. to launch on Saturday.

With the win, Peru improved to 19-2-1 overall and will now travel to SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday to host Division 2 champion Schylerville while Salmon River finishes the season at 13-5.

“We knew they were going to be good, but I thought we were hanging on,” coach Tim Cook said. “We had guys on base the whole game, but they made the plays they needed.”

“Baseball is a game of breaks and we really didn’t get a lot of those today,” he added. “Congratulations to Peru. They got up early on us and stopped us from running.

The only run the Nighthawks needed came straight away as Nolan Manchester led the game hitting one of only two errors the Shamrocks made. He moved to second on a fly ball on the ground, then third on a wild pitch before heading home to score past a field single from Ryan Maggy, which would score the second run of the inning when Landon Duprey hit a ball on the ground.

Peru then added three more runs in the third inning, with Duprey ending the rally with a two-run single. The Nighthawks nailed on solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

The Peruvian squad’s top four hitters made up the majority of the offense with Maggy at 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Duprey at 2-4 with four RBIs and one run scored. O’Connell and Jack Frechette came on to score the other runs while Penmore singled to explain the other hit.

“The top of our command has been key for us all season,” Marino noted.

Junior Caiden Cartier rode the first six innings taking the loss for Salmon River. He finished with six strikeouts while walking four and giving up only four hits. Freshman Dylan Johnson then came to work the seventh inning where he recorded a strikeout and walked one while giving up another base hit. Cartier also had a single with schoolmate Jarred Collins to explain Salmon River’s only two hits.

“We’ve just had such a great season it’s hard to finish it,” said Cook, who guided Shamrock’s men’s soccer and hockey teams to sectional titles this past school year. “We didn’t have any seniors in the squad this year so hopefully this game will be a learning experience for all of us.”

Peru 7, Salmon River 0

PCS 203 010 1 — 7 5 6

CRS 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Penmore, O’Connell (4.1) and Duprey; Cartier, Johnson (7) and Lewis. WP-Penmore. LP-Cartier. Scored races – Manchester (PCS), O’Connell (PCS), Maggy (PCS) 3, Duprey (PCS), Penmore (PCS), Frechette (PCS). RBI – Maggy (PCS) 2, Duprey (PCS) 4.


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