CANTON, May 3 – The Canton High baseball team won two of three games last week to improve to 7-2 on the year and 5-2 in the NCCC.
“We’re a little ahead of where I thought we would be,” Canton coach Brian Roy said. “If you told me we would be 7-2 after nine games, I would have taken that. In the two games we lost, we didn’t hit well against Windsor Locks and we committed five errors against Granby.”
One of the baseball team’s most intense rivals is Windsor Locks. Canton and the Raiders have battled for league titles and Class S titles over the past half-dozen years. And as usual, the Warriors faced Lock’s top pitcher, Mike Lord in a 6-1 loss.
Lord struck out 13 and allowed just five hits. Tyler Plourde had two hits and scored Canton’s lone run. Canton hurler Brian Magna pitched well, striking out and scattering 12 hits.
But Lord and the Raiders snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning when Lord’s fly ball just curved around the foul pole for a three-run home run to break the game open.
Earlier in the week, Canton shutout Somers, 4-0. Pitcher Kyle Beattie went the distance, allowing five hits, striking out six and walking none. Teammate Nick Quattro was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Austin Bronson was 2-for-2 with two RBI.
On Saturday night, pitcher Travis Lane struck out 11 and went the distance in a 5-3 win on the road over Stonington under the lights. Magna had a single and two-RBI double and stole three bases. Quattro was 3-for-4 with one RBI while Lane added a single and two RBI. The win avenges a tight 2-1 loss to the Bears in 10 innings a year ago. Stonington is coached by former CHS player Duffy Grace.