CANTON, June 8 – Pitcher Taylor Riley scattered five hits over seven innings and didn’t give up a run as the Canton Crushers baseball team earned their second win in the last three games with a 4-0 shutout win over the Burlington Hunters at Bowdoin Field in Tri-State League action Thursday night.
It was the first shutout in team history for the Crushers.
Canton (2-4) scored all four runs in the first inning. Trey Van deBogart led off the game with a walk and moved to second base on Mike Zammett’s single. Van deBogart scored on Heath Cotton’s RBI single while Zammett and Cotton scored on Sean Bahre’s two-out, two-RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
The Crushers extended the lead to 4-0 on a RBI double from Riley. Burlington (0-5) wasn’t able to get much offense going. They had just four hits in the next six innings with only Ty Morin reaching second base on a sixth inning double.
In the seventh, Burlington threatened with runners on first and third base with no outs. But Riley coaxed Andrew Bunger to ground into a double play. With a runner on third base, Zammett made a great catch behind second base to end the game and secure the shutout.
It was the second game in two nights for the Crushers. On Wednesday night, Canton fell to Torrington, 7-1 at Fuessenich Park as Rebel hurler Ian Pierce didn’t allow a run after giving up one run in the first inning. Cody Lemieux led the Rebels (4-0) with a double and one run scored.
For Canton, Cotton took the loss on the mound. Ben Sullivan had two hits for the Crushers while Sean Allair and Riley also had hits.
The Crushers return to action on Sunday when they host the Southington 66ers at Bowdoin Field at 4 p.m.
Canton 4, Burlington 0
Burlington (0-5) 000 000 0 – 0-5-1
Canton (2-4) 400 000 x – 4-5-1
Ty Morin and Martin; Taylor Riley and Jeff Mulhall; WP: Riley (2-1); LP: Morin; 2B: Heath Cotton (C), Ty Morin (B)