CANTON, July 7 – Now, this is fun.
The Canton Crushers baseball team had a franchise-record 18 hits earlier this week in a record 16-run win over Bristol. On Sunday, the Crushers had 12 hits to beat the visiting Wolcott Scrappers, 7-5 at Bowdoin Field in Tri-State League game action.
Eight of the ten batters in the lineup for Canton (3-9) picked up at least one hit as the Crushers won their second straight contest. Pitcher Taylor Riley earned his first win of the season, scattering 11 hits and going the distance by pitching all nine innings. Riley (1-3) struck out five and walked just two.
Wolcott (7-6) took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a RBI double from pitcher Tyler Smith and a RBI single from Alan Stinson, who was 4-for-4 on the day. The Scrappers had the bases loaded in the second inning but Riley got catcher Jeff Nichols to ground out to third base and limit the visitors to just one run.
Canton rallied to take the lead with six unanswered runs. With two outs in the fifth inning, the Crushers rallied. Heath Cotton doubled and scored on Nick Michanczyk’s RBI double to cut the lead to two runs, 4-2.
In the sixth inning, Canton scored three runs to take their first lead of the game. Two runs scored on a two-run double from Jim Spirito and Spirito scored on a RBI single from Chris VandeBogart for a 5-4 lead.
The Crushers extended their lead in the seventh inning with two runs thanks a RBI triple from Ben Sullivan and a RBI single from Jake Bryant for a 7-4 advantage.
Sullivan, Spirito, Cotton and Michanczyk each had two hits for the Crushers. Sullivan was 2-for-4 with a double and triple while Spirito was 2-for-4 with a double and single. Cotton and Michanczyk were each 2-for-3 with a single and double.
It was Canton’s first-ever win over Wolcott in six contests.
Canton returns to action on Thursday night when they visit the Burlington Hunters (5-7) at 5:45 p.m. at Lewis Mills in Burlington.
Canton 7, Wolcott 5
Wolcott (7-6) 110 020 010 — 5-11-0
Canton (3-9) 010 013 20x — 7-12-0
Taylor Riley and Jake Bryant; Tyler Smith and Jeff Nichol; WP: Riley (1-3); LP: Smith; 2B: Ben Sullivan (Ca), Jim Spirito (Ca), Heath Cotton (Ca), Nick Michanczyk (Ca), Tyler Smith (W) 2; 3B: Sullivan (Ca), Steve Urbanski (W); HR: none