Tupper ends baseball season in playoffs
TUPPER LAKE — After not hosting a home playoff game since 2016, the Tupper Lake baseball team welcomed Edwards-Knox in the Section X Class D semifinals Thursday.
After the five-year wait, the Lumberjacks competed in a close matchup with Edwards-Knox, losing 5-3. The game was close right form the start, as both teams put up one run in the first inning. Edwards-Knox scored two runs in the third which was responded by a run from Tupper Lake in the fourth inning. During the top of the fifth Edwards-Knox scored two to take a 5-2 lead that the Lumberjacks couldn’t come back from.
With this loss, the Tupper Lake team’s season ended with a 5-7 record in Section X. Edwards-Knox will continue on to the final on Saturday against Huevelton at a neutral site in Odgensburg.
Tupper Lake was led by pitcher/shortstop Griffin Shaheen, who got on base all three of his trips to the plate with a triple and a double. Shaheen also had a steal and a RBI on the night. Owen Whitman and Grant Godin also each had a hit. Godin had a walk-off single earlier in the year against Madrid-Waddington.
Head coach Paul Pickering was proud of his team’s accomplishments this year. “We only had six days to prepare before our first game, and we won,” said Pickering. “That really carried throughout the year, as we wanted a winning season and we got a home playoff game out of it.”
Tupper Lake loses five seniors next year including Noah Varden, Jace Desmarias, Jay Gagnon, Owen Gonyea, and Ryley Hill.