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Despite shutout loss, Canton faces Wallingford in Section II title game

Catcher Jack Biskupiak had the only hit for Canton in Friday night’s 17-0 loss to Wallingford in the Section II state tournament.

PLYMOUTH, July 21 – Win or lose, the Canton Little League baseball team is going to play in Saturday’s Section II title game. So, Canton rested their normal pitchers in Friday night’s Section II state tournament game in Terryville against District 5 champion Wallingford.

Wallingford (7-1, 2-0 Section II) rapped out nine hits and Derek Rascari hit a pair of two-run home runs and drove in five runs as Wallingford rolled to a 17-0 win in four innings. Justin Hackett was 3-for-3 with one RBI.

The two teams will play again tonight in the Section II title game at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the four-team, double-elimination portion of the Major Division (ages 11-12) state tournament that begins next Friday, July 28 in Guilford.

Canton (7-2, 1-1 Section II) secured their berth in the title game with an 8-2 win over Prospect (4-2, 0-2 Section II) on Thursday night. So, Canton used six players on the mound on Friday night. They gave up nine hits and walked nine men. Max Sedor did strike out three Wallingford batters in the fourth inning.

Canton, the District 6 champion, had one hit in the game by catcher Jack Biskupiak with a leadoff single in the second inning. The game was called after four innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

NOTES: The eight runs that Canton scored against Prospect is a new team record for most runs scored in the Major Division (ages 11-12) state tournament, breaking the previous record of four set in 1988. … The 17 runs allowed to Wallingford breaks the team record for most runs allowed in a Major Division state tournament. Previously, Canton gave up 16 runs in a 16-1 loss to Southington South in 1953.

Wallingford 17, Canton 0 (4)
At Plymouth
Wallingford (7-1)                    590  3x – 17-9-0
Canton (7-2)                          000  0x – 0-1-5
Jack McGovern, Anthony Galacia (3) and unknown; Sammy Lincoln, Luke Maher (1), Shane LaPointe (2), Andrew Coates (2), Robbie Dlubac (3), Max Sedor (4) and Jack Biskupiak; WP: McGovern; LP: Lincoln (0-1); 2B: Charles Ennis (W); HR: Derek Rascati (W) 2

2017 Little League baseball
Connecticut state tournament
Major Division (ages 11-12)

Section I
Wednesday, July 19
Fairfield American (D2) 6, Ridgefield (D1) 2
Thursday, July 20
North Branford (D4) 12, Ridgefield 11
Friday, July 21
North Branford vs. Fairfield American
Saturday, July 22
Final: North Branford vs. Fairfield American, 8 p.m. at Orange

Section II
At Terryville
Wednesday, July 19
Wallingford (D5) 17, Prospect (D3) 13
Thursday, July 20
Canton (D6) 8, Prospect 2
Friday, July 21
Wallingford 17, Canton 0 (4)
Saturday, July 22
Final: Canton vs. Wallingford, 7 p.m.

Section III
At Waterford
Wednesday, July 19
Newington (D7) 6 Cromwell (D9) 3
Thursday, July 20
Waterford (D10) 14, Newington 6
Friday, July 21
Waterford vs. Cromwell
Saturday, July 22
Final: Top two teams, 5:30 p.m.

Section IV
At Killingly
Wednesday, July 19
Ellington (D8) 12, Willimantic (D11) 2
Thursday, July 20
Ellington 6, Mansfield (D12) 5
Friday, July 21
Mansfield 4, Willimantic 3
Saturday, July 22
Final: Ellington vs. Mansfield, 10 a.m.

2017 Little League State Championship 
At Guilford Adams Middle School
Friday, July 28
Game 1 – Section 1 champion vs. Section 2 champion, 5:30  p.m.
Game 2 — Section  3 champion vs. Section 4 champion, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29
Game 3- Winner G1 v Winner G2, 11 a.m.
Game 4- Loser G1 v Loser G2, 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 30
Game 5- Loser G3 v Winner G4, 11 a.m.
Monday, July 31
Game 6- Winner G5 v Winner G3, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1
Game 7- Winner G6 v Loser G6 5:30 p.m., if necessary

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