CANTON, May 17 – It’s been a big week already for the Canton High baseball team. It’s chances to win a share of the NCCC championship hinged on what they accomplishes this week against Avon and East Windsor.
The Warriors snapped a six-game losing streak against Avon with a 6-4 victory on Monday. Pitcher Travis Lane went the distance and struck out eight in the victory over an Avon team that had won 10 straight league games before falling to Granby, 7-2 last Thursday. Included in that 10 game winning streak was an 11-2 rout of Ellington, the only loss of the year so far for the Purple Knights.
If Canton (11-3, 9-3 NCCC) beats East Windsor (Wednesday), Somers (Friday) and East Granby (Monday), they’ll end their regular season against Ellington (15-1, 12-1 NCCC) next Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at Bowdoin Field.
If Ellington drops a game to Suffield or Somers, Canton could earn a share of the league championship with a win. Canton’s last title came in 2005 when they went 14-2 in the league to earn a piece of the league title with Windsor Locks. With wins over Suffield (May 19) and Somers (May 25), Ellington clinches the NCCC championship.
Canton put themselves in position for all of this speculation last week with two solid victories that moved them into second place in the league. The Warriors throttled Bolton, 13-2 and shutout East Windsor, 3-0.
Against Bolton, pitcher Brian Magna went the distance, allowing just three hits and striking out six. At the plate, Magna was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Kyle Beatie had two hits and two RBI while Tyler Plourd was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Aras Banevicius had two hits and two RBI while Travis Lane belted a two-RBI home run.
Against East Windsor, pitcher Kyle Beattie threw a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Lane had a home run for the second straight game while Tyler Detroie and Colin Gurry (1-for-3) each had a single and one RBI. Canton has won six of its last seven games entering this week.