CANTON, April 19 – For the second straight year, the Canton High baseball team is off to an excellent start after winning its first three games.
The Warriors (3-0, 2-0 NCCC) won’t be able to rest on their laurels. For the next few weeks, they have three games a week and few will be easy.
Excellent pitching and timely hitting propelled Canton in their first three games. “We’ve pitched very well and we’re really concentrating on getting the ball into play and making things happen,” Canton coach Brian Roy said.
Senior pitcher Brian Magna took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Canton’s 8-5 victory over Wilcox Tech-Meriden in the season opener. Tech lost in the quarterfinals of last year’s Class M tournament to eventual champion New London.
Magna, who struck out six in the complete game effort, gave up his first hit with one out in the seventh. Canton made four errors in the inning to allow Tech to score five runs. Canton’s Travis Lane and Tyler Detorie were each 2-for-3 with a double while Austin Bronson had a two-RBI double for the Warriors.
In a 8-2 victory over Bolton, Lane earned the win on the mound with a complete game victory, scattering eight hits and striking out seven. He added a double and one RBI at the plate.
Canton took control early with four runs in the first inning. Kyle Beattle was a perfect 4-for-4 with one RBI while Tyler Plourd had a single and two RBI. Colin Gurry had a double.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 with a 9-1 win over Stafford last week. Magna (2-0) had another outstanding performance. On the mound, he went the distance, scattering five hits and striking out eight. At the plate, he sparked a 12-hit Canton attack with three hits including a double and two RBI.
Beattie was 3-for-4 while Nick Quattro was 2-for-5. Gurry had a two-RBI double for the Warriors while Aras Banevicius had an RBI double.