CANTON, May 18 – The Canton High baseball team is still alive in its quest to earn a berth in the CIAC Class S tournament. Pitcher Kevin Gurry went the distance, allowing just five hits and striking out seven as the Warriors beat The Gilbert School, 2-0, Monday at Bowdoin Field.
Canton improves to 7-11 and needs one victory in its final two games to earn a berth in the tournament for the first time since 2013.
The Warriors host Somers (14-2, 13-1 NCCC) on Tuesday at Bowdoin Field at 4 p.m. Somers can win a share of the league championship if they beat Canton and Coventry on Thursday. If Canton loses on Tuesday, they will have to beat Sport Science Medical Academy (8-9) on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Bowdoin Field.
Ben Sullivan started a Canton rally in the fourth inning with a single to center field. After Ethan Burke filed out to left field and Ryan Enns struck out looking, Sullivan stole second base on a head-first dive. A two-out single from Sam Beadle to left field drove in Sullivan for a 1-0 Canton lead.
Canton extended its lead in the fifth inning. Senior James Treacy singled to center field with two outs. Gurry walked and Sullivan drove Treacy in from second base with a RBI single to center field for a 2-0 lead.
Gurry scattered five hits and pitched a shutout as the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. Sullivan and Treacy had two hits each. Gilbert, which also needs two wins to earn a bid to the Class S tournament, falls to 6-10 on the season.
Canton 2, Gilbert 0
Gilbert (6-10) 000 000 0 0-5-0
Canton (7-11) 000 110 x 2-7-4
Ryan Sholtis and unknown; Kevin Gurry and Sam Beadle; WP: Gurry; LP: Sholtis