Tupper runs into hot pitcher

TUPPER LAKE – St. Lawrence Central pitcher Kris Tabor threw a no-hitter against Tupper Lake Thursday afternoon in a 6-1 win.

It was the senior’s first no-hitter of his career. He struck out 16, walked one and hit a batter.

And he did it all with one pitch.

“Pretty much it was my fastball. I couldn’t get the curve to work, so I stuck with my fastball,” he said.

It was the third win of the season for Tabor, who took a break from pitching earlier in the season with a sore arm.

Tupper Lake’s Devon Larson took the loss on the mound, giving up two runs in six innings.

The game capped an up-and-down week for the Lumberjacks, who recorded a win over St. Regis on Monday and split a doubleheader Tuesday against Madrid-Waddington.

The Lumberjacks are now 8-6, which is the same record as St. Lawrence.

“We’ve been playing pretty well; up and down in the field,” Lumberjacks coach Travis Dupuis said. “We’ve made some mistakes, but we’ve been playing pretty well.”

This game was close until the seventh inning, when St. Lawrence scored four runs to blow open what had been a 2-1 game.

St. Lawrence took the lead in the sixth inning when Devon Young scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Brian Waite.

Young led the Larries offensively with a single and a double. Haydn St. Hilaire also had a double.

“The kids played hard,” Larries coach Bill Scharf said. “They didn’t give up there when it was one to one. They knew if they kept focusing and Chris Tabor threw well we’d get back in the game and get the bats going.”

The game was the final regular season matchup for both teams. Playoffs start next week. Tupper Lake is scheduled to play on Tuesday, Dupuis said. He wasn’t sure who the team’s opponent would be. That is scheduled to be announced tonight, he said.

The Lumberjacks will be sending senior Mitch Keniston to the mound.

“He’ll have a week’s rest by then,” Dupuis said. “He should be ready to go, and he’s a senior. He’s been around, so that’s the kind of spot where you want him.”