CANTON, May 18 – Jack Rose had a three-RBI double in the second inning to help the Canton High baseball team race out to an early seven-run lead as the Warriors beat Suffield for the first time since 2010 with a 9-1 NCCC decision on a steamy afternoon at Bowdoin Field.
With temperatures over 90 degrees, Rose was on fire, going 2-for-3 with four RBI and a double. Ethan Burke was just as hot, going 3-for-3 with one RBI and a triple. Catcher Sam Beadle was 3-for-4 with a double as Canton ripped 15 hits in the game.
Canton (10-7, 8-6 NCCC) captured their third straight game and earned their fifth win in the last six games. The Wildcats (12-6, 9-6 NCCC) had won the previous six games against Canton, giving up a total of six runs in those victories.
Canton took command in the second inning. Beadle, Burke and James Mattson each singled to load the bases. Rose followed with a three-run double to left field. After moving to third base on a passed ball, Rose made it 4-0 on a RBI single from Greg Wood.
In the third inning, Rose’s two-out single to center field made it 5-0. Mike Sullivan followed with a single and Rose scored on a RBI single to center field from Wood for a 6-0 lead. Sullivan scored on an error to swell the lead to 7-0.
On the mound, Canton hurler Tim Keating took care of business, scattering five hits over 6 2/3 innings and striking out three. Keating improved to 2-2 on the season.
The Warriors return to action on Saturday when they host Northwestern Regional in a non-league contest beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Canton 9, Suffield 1
Suffield (12-6) 000 100 0 – 1-5-0
Canton (10-7) 043 101 x – 9-15-0
Alan Cheander, Nate Roy (3), Alan Gilette (5), Branden Dyer (6) and unknown; Tim Keating, Nate Fulham (7) and Sam Beadle; WP: Keating (2-2); LP: Cheander; 2B: Sam Beadle (C), Jack Rose (C), Alan Cheander (S); 3B: Ethan Burke (C)