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Hits scarce, pitching solid for CHS

CANTON, May 30 — Hits have been scarce for the Warriors baseball team down the stretch of the regular season. Canton (9-9, 7-6 NCCC) won two of its final six games, losing two by shutout.

However, Canton’s pitching has been strong – a bright spot with the Class S tournament approaching. In the season finale against East Windsor on Thursday, Brian Magna scattered six hits and kept his team in the game until the Warriors finally won it in the bottom of the seventh at Bowdoin Field.

Chris Meltie’s single scored Tyler DeTorie for a 2-1 Canton victory. The Warriors won despite just four hits and two errors.

On Saturday, May 23, Magna had another solid pitching performance in a 2-1 loss in eight innings under the lights at Stonington High. Magna scattered four hits and struck out seven. But he gave up a pair of solo home runs.

Stonington pitcher Kevin Castodio hit a solo home run over the center field fence with two outs in the eighth inning for the victory. The Bears’ other hit was another solo home run to centerfield by catcher Nate Bradbury in the first inning.

Canton received a double from Tyler Plourd, who scored on a sacrifice fly from Magna. Austin Bronson and Magna each had singles for Canton. Castodio struck out nine and walked just two batters for Stonington (4-14).

Over 50 Canton fans trekked to southeastern Connecticut to see the contest. Stonington was coached by Canton graduate Duffy Grace, the younger brother of current CHS athletic director Nancy Grace.

Two days earlier, East Granby had nine hits in a 9-2 decision over the Warriors at Bowdoin Field. Magna and Nick Quattro had the only hits for Canton in the game. Quattro had an RBI single and a walk. Two CHS errors didn’t help. Pitcher Doug DeMarco took the loss.

Canton had the second-highest number of hits (14) this season in an 11-7 win over Bolton that clinched a spot in the Class S tournament.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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