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Record-setting evening for Crushers in big Tri-State League win over Bristol

Canton second baseman Taylor Riley was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple in the Crushers’ big Tri-State League win over Bristol Tuesday night.

BRISTOL, July 2 – It was a record-setting evening for the Canton Crushers baseball team.

The Crushers set team records for most runs and most hits in a game, most runs in a single inning and most lopsided win in team history in a 17-1 Tri-State League victory over the Bristol Greeners at Bristol Central High School on Tuesday night.

The 17 runs erased the previous record of 10 runs, which was done twice including in a 10-7 win over Winsted in the season opener in May. The 18 hits topped the 13-hit affair in the win over Winsted in May and nine runs in the seventh inning is a new Crusher record.

Second baseman Taylor Riley was 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles and a triple for Canton. Third baseman Nick Michanczyk was 3-for-3 with a double and two walks while pitcher Jim Spirito and outfielder Jon Scippa were each 3-for-5 on the day.

Eight players had hits for the Crushers, now 2-9, including James Michanczyk, Chris VandeBogart, Andrew Tremblay and Jake Bryant.

On the mound, Spirito and Andrew Tremblay gave up just two hits to the first two batters of the game. Spirito pitched six innings and struck out five. The Crushers did turn a double play in the second inning.

Canton had scored just three runs in their last three games against the top three teams in the league. Terryville (10-2) scattered six hits in struck out eight in a 12-0 win over the Crushers on June 23. First place Tri-Town (10-1) blanked the Crushers, 11-0 on June 27 and Blaisus Chevrolet in Waterbury (9-1) won their seventh straight game with an 8-1 victory over Canton on Sunday.

The Crushers, who snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory, return to action on Sunday when they host the Wolcott Scrappers (7-5) at 5 p.m. at Bowdoin Field.

Canton 17, Bristol 1
At Bristol
Canton (2-9)                       400  220  9  — 17-18-1
Bristol (2-9)                         100  000  0  — 1-2-1
Jim Spirito, Andrew Tremblay (7) and Jake Bryant; Rob Degoff and A.J. Longetti; WP: Spirito (1-3); LP: Degoff; 2B: Taylor Riley (Ca) 2, Nick Michanczyk (Ca), Jerry LaPenta (B), 3B: Riley (Ca)

Terryville 12, Canton 0
At Canton (June 23)
Terryville (7-2)                   003  306  0  — 12-14-0
Canton (1-7)                       000  000  0  — 0-6-1
Jake Kowicki, Jared Gallagher (7) and Tyler Wenz; Taylor Riley, Nick Arconi (5), Jon Scippa and Jeff Mulhall; WP: Kowkicki; LP: Taylor (0-2); 2B: Gavin Lavallee (T) 2, Nick DeLotto (T); Andrew Tremblay (Ca); 3B: none; HR: none

Naugatuck 11, Canton 3
At Canton (June 22)
Naugatuck (6-2)                010  701  002 – 11-13-2
Canton (1-6)                       001  002  000 – 3-5-3
2B: Jake Bryant (Ca); Ryan Plourde (N), Chris Candesco (N); 3B: Jimmy Edwards (N)

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. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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