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Hits are scarce as Crushers drop third straight in loss to Winsted

Canton outfielder Ben Sullivan had one of four hits in Thursday night’s 4-1 Tri-State League loss to Winsted at Walker Field. Sullivan also had five putouts in left field.

WINSTED, June 15 – The Canton Crushers are getting a few hits in each game but not enough to put together rallies and get some runs. The Crushers have had just seven hits in the last two games.

Canton had four hits and scored one run in Thursday night’s 4-1 Tri-State League loss to the Winsted Whalers at Walker Field. Canton pitcher Taylor Riley went the distance, allowing just four hits and struck out four. But he was hurt by six walks and two errors.

The Crushers (2-6), who have scored just six runs in the last three games, took a 1-0 lead in third inning. Ben Sullivan led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Jim Spirito also walked. After a strikeout, shortstop Heath Cotton followed with a one-out RBI single to drive in Sullivan.

But Winsted (3-6) rallied in the bottom of the third inning. Ricky Langer led off the inning with a walk and moved to second base on Johnny Lippincott’s single. Both scored on a two-RBI single from Ben Schumacher to deep center field to give the Whalers a 2-1 lead.

Winsted had no outs with Schumacher on third base. But Riley bore down and retired the next three batters to keep Canton in the game. Riley got Charlie Putnam to fly out to deep left field, got Chester Warner to ground out and fanned Ben McGreal.

Winsted’s Johnny Ambro safely reaches third base as Canton third baseman Jon Scippa keeps the ball in front of him in Thursday night’s Tri-State League game in Winsted.

But Canton couldn’t muster up much offense against Winsted starter Robert Weiss, who gave up just four hits and struck out seven. The Crushers took advantage of a pair of walks to put two runners on base in the seventh inning but Jon Scippa grounded into a double play to end the game.

The Whalers extended their lead to 4-1 in the sixth inning. With two outs, Johnny Ambro coaxed a walk from Riley and he moved to second base on a walk to Connor Gurheen. Both scored on a two-RBI single to deep right field from Langer.

On Sunday against the Southington 66ers at Bowdoin Field, the Crushers gave up 11 hits and four extra-base hits in a 9-4 loss. Scippa, Sean Bahre and player/manager Tom Dubois had singles in the loss. Southington walked 12 men but the Crushers couldn’t take advantage.

For Southington, Pat Smith was 3-for-5 with three singles and two RBI. Josh Dobratz had a triple and single for Southington.

The Crushers return to action on Saturday when they travel to Waterbury to face Tribury Twisters at Holy Cross High at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the league will hold its annual Old Timers Game at 1 p.m. at Community Field in Litchfield before hosting their All-Star Game at 4 p.m., also at Community Field.

Southington 9, Canton 4
At Canton
Southington (2-4)                114  300  000 – 9-11-2
Canton (2-5)                        000  000  220  — 4-3-3
Matt Dell’Aguise, Brian Boerner(6) and Dave Randazzo; Jamie Cohn, Jake Bryant (4) and Jeff Mulhall; WP: Dell’Aguise; LP: Cohn; 2B: Tim Jalbert (S), Brian Boerner (S), Dave Randazzo (S); 3B: Josh Dobratz (S)

Winsted 4, Canton 1
At Winsted
Canton (2-6)                         001  000  0 — 0-4-3
Winsted (3-6)                        002  002  x – 4-4-0
Taylor Riley and Jake Bryant; Robert Weiss and Chester Warner; WP: Weiss; LP: Riley (2-2); 2B: none; 3B: none; HR: none

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.

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