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Mulhall, Cotton provide key hits as Canton beats Thunder in eight innings, 5-4

Taylor Riley struck out six as Canton earned their third win of the season Thursday night with a 5-4 win over Valley Thunder at Bowdoin Field.

CANTON, July 6 – The Canton Crushers baseball team battled back from a four-run deficit to earn their third victory of the season with a 5-4 win in eight innings over the Valley Thunder squad from Bethany on Thursday night at Bowdoin Field in Tri-State League play.

Canton (3-10) snapped a seven-game losing streak with the victory.

Tied at 4-4, Canton’s Jake Bryant singled with one out in the eighth inning. He moved to third base on double from pitcher Taylor Riley. Bryant scored on Heath Cotton’s RBI single, the game-winning hit for the Crushers.

Catcher Jeff Mulhall, shown in 2015, had a single, double and four RBI Thursday night.

Valley (1-10) was led by Pelletier, who was 2-for-4 and Kyle Dadonna, who was 2-for-3. The Thunder led 4-0 after two innings but Canton didn’t panic.

In the second inning, Jon Scippa singled with two outs and moved to second base after Chris Van deBogart got a walk. Both scored on a two-RBI single from catcher Jeff Mulhall.

Canton tied the game in the fourth inning. With one out, Cotton walked and he moved to second base on a single from Van deBogart. Both scored on a two-RBI single from Mulhall, who finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and a double. Sean Bahre also had two hits for Canton. On the mound, Riley scattered eight hits and struck out seven to pick up his third victory of the season.

Former Crusher Spenser Griffin had a RBI sacrifice fly for Valley in the first inning.

The Crushers return to action on Saturday when they travel to Crosby High in Waterbury to take on East Mountain (3-7) at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the Crushers travel to Amenia, N.Y., to take on the Monarchs (7-4).

Canton 5, Valley 4 (8)
At Canton
Valley (1-11)                          130  000  00  – 4-8-0
Canton (3-10)                        020  200  01  — 5-9-0
Tyler Pelletier and Chris Puila; Taylor Riley and Jeff Mulhall; WP: Riley (3-4); LP: Pelletier; 2B: Jeff Mulhall (C), Taylor Riley (C), Nick Forriono (V)

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