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Canton 9-10 baseball team beats Avon to win first-ever District 6 championship

The Canton 9-10 baseball team pose with Avon after winning the District 6 title Sunday.

The Canton 9-10 baseball team pose with Avon after winning the District 6 title Sunday. After many tournaments, the two finalists pose with the championship banner. (Photo courtesy Amy Tober Brown)

CANTON – The Canton Little League 9-10 baseball All-Star team captured its first-ever District 6 championship on Sunday with an 8-2 victory over Avon.

Canton, now 5-1 on the summer, advances to the state tournament where they will participate in the double-elimination Division II tournament at Peter Foley Little League in Naugatuck against Farmington (District 5) and Beacon Falls (District 3). 

Canton faces Farmington on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The winner plays again on Thursday while the loser plays on Friday at 7 p.m. The final is Saturday at 7 p.m. and a second championship game, if necessary will be Sunday at 7 p.m.

Canton went 3-1 in the pool portion of the District 6 tournament, beating Torrington Americans, 17-0, Granby, 5-0 and Burlington, 5-0. Canton lost to Harwinton, 12-9. In the single-elimination playoff portion of the D6 tournament,

In the D6 playoffs, Canton beat previously undefeated Simsbury, 10-6 and then eliminated Avon. Simsbury and Avon each won their first four games in the District 6 tournament. Avon was making its fourth appearance in the D6 final in the last five years.

The last Canton team to win a District 6 title was the Junior Division (ages 13-14) baseball team last summer that advanced to the state final.

District II tournament
At Peter Foley, Naugatuck
Game 1, Wed. July 16: Farmington vs. Canton, 7 p.m.
Game 2, Thur. July 17: Beacon Falls vs. winner game 1, 7 p.m.
Game 3, Fri. July 18: Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 7 p.m.
Game 4, Sat. July 19: Final – Winner game 2 vs. winner game 3, 7 p.m.
Game 5, Sun. July 20: Final, if necessary, 7 p.m.

Canton 9-10 baseball All-Star team: Charlie Biskupiak, Michael Brosnan, Devin Brown, Joshua Burke, Connor Clement, Frankie Flaherty, John Holowesko, Ryan Kolodziejczyk, Chase Lashgari, Connor Nadeau, Nathan Puglielli, John Rottkamp, William Walburger

MAJOR BASEBALL (age 11-12): Simsbury won its first District 6 championship since 2010 with a dominating performance. Simsbury (8-0) scored 31 runs in its final three games to win the tournament. Simsbury beat Torrington Nationals, 10-1 and Burlington, 11-1 to earn a spot in the championship game.

Burlington eliminated the Torrington Nationals, 14-10 to earn another shot at Simsbury. But Simsbury was too strong in a 10-1 championship game victory Sunday in Terryville. It was Burlington’s third appearance in the final in the last three years.

Simsbury advances to play in the state tournament in the double elimination Division II tournament with Farmington (District 5) and Seymour (District 3) at Reeves Field in Thomaston beginning on Wednesday. Simsbury will play the winner of the Farmington and Seymour game on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

District II tournament
At Reeves Field, Thomaston
Game 1, Wed. July 16: Farmington vs. Seymour, 5:30  p.m.
Game 2, Thur. July 17: Simsbury vs. winner game 1, 5:30 p.m.
Game 3, Sat, July 19: Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 4, Sun. July 20: Final – Winner game 2 vs. winner game 3, 3 p.m.
Game 5, Sun. July 20: Final, if necessary, 5:30 p.m.

MINOR DIVISION BASEBALL (age 10-11): Avon and Tri-Town will play for the District 6 title Monday at Oak Avenue in Torrington at 5:45 p.m.

Avon was 4-0 in the pool portion of the tournament, outscoring their four opponents by a 34-2 margin. Tri-Town was 3-1 with its sole loss coming at the hands of Avon, 6-1. Simsbury was 2-2 in pool play and finished third.

Avon is looking for its sixth District 6 title in Minor Division baseball while Tri-Town is looking for its first D6 title.

JUNIOR BASEBALL (age 13-14): Burlington, Granby and East Granby are the three teams in the District 6 Junior Baseball (ages 13-14) tournament.

With a 9-8 win over Granby on Saturday, Burlington earned a spot in the D6 final Tuesday night against either Granby or East Granby. Burlington won the D6 title in 2011 and 2012.

JUNIOR SOFTBALL (age 13-14): Simsbury won District 6 championship by prevailing in a best-of-three series with Avon in the Junior Softball division (ages 13-14). Simsbury swept the series with 7-1 and 10-0 victories.

Simsbury is the first D6 representative since 2012 (Burlington/Torrington) and just the second since Simsbury represented the district in 2002.

9-10 SOFTBALL: Torrington and Granby are playing for the District 6 title on Monday in Torrington at 5:30 p.m.

Granby was 4-0 in the pool portion of the tournament while Torrington was 3-1. Simsbury was 1-3 in pool play while Avon was 0-4.

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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