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Roundup: After loss, Canton softball team wins two straight

CANTON, April 17 — It wasn’t the kind of start the Canton High softball team wanted. In their opening contest against Somers High, host Spartans rapped out 18 hits as pitcher JoJo Meunier was 4-for-4 with double and five RBI in a 12-2 victory over the Warriors.

But Canton (2-1, 2-1 NCCC) rebounded in its next two games. They earned their first victory of the season with a 4-3 victory over East Granby in 10 innings. The Warriors rallied for a second win with a 7-5 win over Stafford.

Against East Granby, Canton pitcher Morgan Scafuri struck out 18 batters and scattered five walks. The Warriors used some outstanding defensive plays to keep the game close. Outfielder Kylie Delos made a nice running catch in the third inning and threw out an East Granby runner trying to steal third base in the later innings. Sam Bosse made the tag to secure the out.

Brittany King had some key hits for Canton while aggressive baserunning from Rose Minichello, Stephanie Gauthier and Katherine Winsor led to runs.

Against Stafford, Scarfuri allowed six hits and earned her second victory. The Warriors scored runs in the sixth and seventh inning to take control of the contest.

BASEBALL: Sophomore pitcher Patrick Sullivan earned his first varsity victory last week as the Canton High baseball team rallied for its first triumph of the season with a 4-2 win over Stafford High at Bowdoin Field.

Canton (1-3, 1-2 NCCC) received a two-run single from senior Nick Quattro in the fifth inning to fuel a four-run inning. The Warriors took advantage of two Stafford errors to score four unearned runs. Canton managed just four hits and struck out six. But they were able to get the key hits.

GIRLS LACROSSE: Amanda Valley had two goals and Taylor Lynn added a solo tally but the Warriors (0-2, 0-1 NCCC) fell to Haddam-Killingworth, 16-3. In their opening game contest, Somers outscored Canton by a 17-3 score.

GIRLS TENNIS: Warrior coach Jerry Havrl can see the progress and growth. It’s just not enough at the moment to pick up victories. Canton (1-3, 1-3 NCCC) dropped a 5-2 decision to Suffield last week.

BOYS TENNIS: Top singles player Peter Jutras and No. 2 singles player Nate Scott came up with victories for Canton (1-2, 1-2 NCCC) against Suffield but that was it in a 5-2 loss to the Wildcats.

TRACK & FIELD: The Canton boys (2-0, 2-0 NCCC) remained undefeated with an 87-61 win over Granby while the CHS girls dropped a 112-31 decision to the Bears.

BOYS GOLF: David Roux earned medalist honors for Canton in a dual meet against Granby but the Warriors (0-3, 0-3 NCCC) lost by five strokes in a 163-168 decision at Tower Ridge in Simsbury. Roux shot a 36 to lead all golfers.

Canton lost by one stroke to East Granby, 183-184 in its first match of the season at Copper Hill Golf Course. The Warriors did have its season-low score of 166 against Avon at Blue Fox on Friday but still lost by 19 strokes.

GIRLS GOLF: Nikki Liucci shared medalist honors with a 43 at Copper Hill in East Granby as the Warriors (1-1, 1-1 SCGGL) earned their first victory with a 212-234 victory over Suffield.

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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