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With season-high 13 hits, Canton outlasts Bristol, 8-4 in Tri-State League action

Jim Spirito pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win of the season on the mound Sunday against Bristol. (Photo courtesy Lesile Dubois)

BRISTOL, July 16 – Jake Bryant, Chris Van deBogart and Taylor Riley each had three hits while veteran pitcher Jimmy Spirito pitched seven strong innings to lead the Canton Crushers baseball team to a 8-4 win over the Bristol Greeners in Tri-State League action Sunday at Bristol Central High School.

Spirito scattered eight hits and allowed just three runs to pick up his first victory of the season on the mound. Canton (5-12) had a season-high 13 hits in the game. Riley was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Bryant was 3-for-5 while Van deBogart was 3-for-4 at the plate.

Taylor Landry, Sean Bahre and Heath Cotton each had hits and RBI. Bahre had a pair of singles.

Pitcher A.J. Lorenzietti struck out eight Canton batters and took the loss as the Crushers won for the third time in the last five games.

Canton’s Chris Van deBogart had three hits in Sunday’s win over Bristol.

Earlier in the week, Terryville pitcher Billy Armstrong struck out eight and allowed just one hit in five innings of work to lead the Black Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Crushers. Pat Norton and Jake Tehan were 2-for-3 with RBI doubles for Terryville (11-6).

Riley went the distance for Canton, striking out seven and allowing nine hits. Cotton, Chris Van deBogart and Trey Van deBogart each had singles for the Crushers.

On July 9, host Amenia scored five runs in the first inning and added another three in the second inning as the Monarches raced to an early eight-run lead in a 9-3 victory at Doc Bartlett Field in Amenia, N.Y. Spirito did a good job in relief, allowing just one run and six hits over the final seven innings.

But Canton was held in check by Amenia pitcher Travis Hyatt, who scattered seven hits and struck out two in seven innings of work.

Canton concludes the 2017 campaign with a pair of games this week at Bowdoin Field. The Crushers host Litchfield on Tuesday night at 5:45 p.m. and end the season by hosting Wolcott on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Canton 8, Bristol 5
At Bristol
Canton (5-12)                      200  001  500  — 8-13-2
Bristol (2-14)                        000  002  210  — 5-11-3
Jim Spirito, Jamie Coen (8) and Jeff Mulhall; Lorenfetti and Cyr; WP: Spirito (1-2); LP: Lorenfetti; 2B: Nicoletti (B), Taylor Riley (C)

Terryville 4, Canton 2
At Plymouth
Canton (4-12)                       000  011  0 – 2-3-1
Terryville (10-6)                    103  000  x – 4-9-1
Taylor Riley and Jeff Mulhall; Armstrong and D’Onfrio; WP: Armstrong; LP: Riley (3-6); 2B: Schmidt (T), Tehan (T), Norton (T)

Amenia 9, Canton 3
At Amenia, N.Y.
Canton (4-11)                        001  200  000  — 3-9-1
Amenia                                  530  100  00x – 9-14-3
Taylor Riley, Jim Spirito (3) and Jeff Mulhall; Travis Hyatt, Carroll (8) and Downey; WP: Hyatt; LP: Riley (3-5); 2B: Huff (A), Downey (A), Riley (C)

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