WINDSOR LOCKS, May 8 – Windsor Locks junior pitcher Tim Pfaffenbichler struck out 13 Canton hitters and pitched a no-hitter but the Raiders still fell to the Warriors by a 2-1 score in North Central Connecticut Conference play Monday at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Canton (6-6, 6-5 NCCC) scored a pair of runs with two outs in the top of the fifth inning on an error to earn the victory.
Windsor Locks (3-9, 3-9) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a RBI single to center field from Austin Tomalonis, who was 2-for-3 in the game.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Canton’s Jack Rose was hit by a pitch. Michael Sullivan walked to put two men on the base. Rose went to third and Sullivan scampered to second on a passed ball.
Tim Keating’s ground ball to first base wasn’t handled by first baseman Ryan Rich and two runs scored on the error.
Still, Windsor Locks had a chance to tie the game or take the lead. With three straight singles from Michael Deluco, Craig Montemerlo and Pfaffenbichler, the Raiders loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Canton pitcher Ethan Burke (2-3) got Josh Brown to strike out for the first out of the inning. But cleanup hitter Zach Heim hit a hard line drive to Canton third baseman Ryan Enns, who tagged out Deluco who was off third base to end the threat.
Burke gave up eight hits but he struck out six and walked just two to earn the victory.
It was a thrilling start to a busy week for the Warriors, who play four consecutive games this week. On Tuesday, Canton hosts University/Classical at 4 p.m. The game was rained out on Saturday. On Wednesday, the Warriors travel to Ellington and on Thursday, Canton will hit the road for a non-league game at Litchfield.
Canton 2, Windsor Locks 1
At Windsor Locks
Canton (6-6) 000 020 0 – 2-0-0
Windsor Locks (3-9) 000 100 0 – 1-8-3
Ethan Burke and Sam Beadle; Tim Pfaffenbichler and unknown; WP: Burke (2-3); LP: Pfaffenbichler
Avon 3, Rocky Hill 0
ROCKY HILL, May 8 – Pitcher Will Boone struck out 10 batters and allowed just four hits as the Avon High baseball team earned their first shutout of the season with a 3-0 Central Connecticut Conference win over winless Rocky Hill on Monday.
The Falcons (9-4) took the lead in the fourth inning. Chris Jacobs ripped a one-out single to center field and moved to third base on a double from Kyle Zarwanski – the only extra base hit of the game. Jacobs scored on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Ollstead to centerfield.
Zarwanski moved to third on the sacrifice fly and scored on a single from Kyle Emery to left field for a 2-0 lead.
Avon added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Emery walked to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch runner Jack Stokesbury, who moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Adam Theriault.
With two outs, Justin Olson walked to put two men on base. Brendan Dyer singled to centerfield and Stokesbury scored from second base to give Avon a 3-0 advantage.
Jacobs was the only player in the game with more than a single hit. He had a pair of singles.
Avon returns to action on Wednesday when they host Granby at 4 p.m. at Buckingham Field.
Avon 3, Rocky Hill 0
At Rocky Hill
Avon (9-4) 000 200 1 – 3-6-0
Rocky Hill (0-12) 000 000 0 – 0-4-0
Will Boone and Jeremy Zarwanski; Tyler Schiavone and unknown; WP: Boone (2-2); LP: Schiavone; 2B: Kyle Zarwanski (A)