WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A big PGCBL West Division Battle took place at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds Saturday night as the Watertown Rapids hosted the Adirondack Trailblazers on fireworks night. The Rapids entered play a half game behind Elmira for the 4th and final playoff spot with just 2 games left after tonight.
The Trailblazers wasted little time jumping on Rapids starter Josh LaJoie. Top of the 1st, Kevin Ferrer doubles to right center and Chris Rotundo scores: 1-0 Adirondack. Still in the 1st, Daniel Irisarri singles to left, Ferrer scores from 2nd, upping the Trailblazers lead to 2-0.
Then it was Cole Simpson coming home on a wild pitch by LaJoie, increasing the Trailblazers lead to 3-0. Vincent Cimini then hit a blooper to center that falls for a base hit and Irisarri checks in. Score: 4-0 Adirondack after a half inning.
At the top of the 3rd, Peter Cosentino grounds out to 2nd and Irisarri comes home: 5-0 Trailblazers. Adirondack continues to win 10-8.
In Empire Football League action, Glens Falls beat the Watertown Red and Black 32-14. The Red and Black’s record falls to 0-3 on the season.
And in the Northeastern Football Alliance, Auburn upsets the Carthage Revolution 27-6. The Revolution’s record falling to 3-4 on the season.
A few weeks ago, the 1812 Shootout took place on the lacrosse field in Sackets Harbor. This weekend, another big tourney happening in the area, this one on the diamond.
The Can-Am Softball Shootout began in 2005 and 14 years later, the biggest softball tournament in the north country continues to enjoy success. According to tournament organizer Mike Lennox, this could be the most competitive the event has ever been.
This year 75 teams are competing in the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 19U and open divisions.
Like lacrosse, basketball and baseball, softball has become a year round sport and the Can-Am Shootout is one of many tournaments that these players travel to in the off season.
Lennox says the tournament has enjoyed success for so many years thanks to the help of surrounding communities that help host the event and volunteers as well. The 3 day long event wraps up on Sunday with single elimination games in each age bracket.