BOLTON, May 24 – The Canton High baseball team finished the regular season on a strong note. The Warriors dropped a hard-fought game to undefeated league champion Ellington on Monday, dropping a 6-5 decision.
But on Wednesday, the Warriors had 13 hits in an 11-1 North Central Connecticut Conference victory over Bolton to conclude the regular season. Canton finishes 11-9 for the second straight year and will begin play in the CIAC Class S tournament next week.
Nate Fulham had an outstanding afternoon against the Bulldogs, going 4-for-5 with a triple, home run and five RBI. It was his second home run in less than a week. He had a home run in Saturday’s loss to Northwestern Regional.
James Mattson was 2-for-4 with Canton with two RBI. Seven other Canton players had hits including Ryan Enns and Gavin Wood with doubles.
Canton pitchers James Mattson, Michael Sullivan and Sam Beadle combined to strike out nine and allow just two hits. Mattson, who won his team-leading fourth game, fanned seven in four innings of work and gave up one hit. The Warriors finished 9-7 in the NCCC.
The Warriors came close to upsetting undefeated Ellington on Monday in the final regular season home game of the season at Bowdoin Field.
Trailing by three runs, Canton scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Ethan Burke doubled with one out, moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Purple Knight lead to 4-2.
Ellington hurler Dakota Aldrich gave up three consecutive walks to Mattson, Jack Rose and Gavin Wood to load the bases. Reliever Logan Terry came in and got Tyler Delehoy to fly out to shortstop for the second out.
But Canton’s Jack Mansur hit a hard ground ball to third base and reached on an error as the run scored from third base to cut the lead to 4-3. Ryan Enns followed with a two-RBI single to center field to give Canton its first lead of the game, 5-4.
Ellington rallied in the top of the seventh inning off reliever Sam Beadle. Aldrich led off the inning with a single but was thrown out on a second on a fielder’s choice hit by Alex Domingos. Beadle struck out Chase Kidd for the second out of the inning.
But Beadle hit Logan Terry with a pitch putting runners on first and second base. A walk loaded the bases. Another hit batsman tied the game and a second walk forced in the go-ahead run for the Knights.
Terry retired Canton with three strikeouts in the seventh inning to secure the 19th straight win for Ellington. The Warriors struck out 10 times in the game.
Enns was 3-for-4 with two RBI for Canton while Burke and Fulham each had doubles. Burke pitched six innings and scattered six hits. He struck out five. But Burke did walk five and Beadle walked two.
Canton 11, Bolton 1
Canton (11-9) 510 102 2 — 11-13-0
Bolton (6-14) 000 000 1 — 1-2-4
James Mattson, Michael Sullivan (6), Sam Beadle (7) and Beadle, Nate Fulham (7); Sam Pagani, Nick Nemphos (6), Cameron Delmoro (7) and A. Stephens; WP: Mattson (4-1); LP: Pagani; 2B: Ryan Enns (C), Gavin Wood (C), 3B: Nate Fulham (C), HR: Fulham
Ellington 6, Canton 5
Ellington (19-0) 120 010 2 – 6-7-1
Canton (10-9) 100 004 0 – 5-6-1
Dakota Aldrich, Logan Terry (6) and unknown; Ethan Burke, Sam Beadle (7) and Beadle, Nate Fulham (7); WP: Terry; LP: Beadle (0-1); 2B: Ethan Burke (C), Nate Fulham (C); Kyle Liginbuhl (E)