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Thomaston rally in ninth denies Canton their first Tri-State victory

Canton pitcher Jim Spirito struck out 11 batters but Thomaston rallied to beat the Crushers Sunday, 7-6.

Canton pitcher Jim Spirito struck out 11 batters but Thomaston rallied to beat the Crushers Sunday, 7-6.

THOMASTON – The Thomaston Threshers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win its first game of the season Sunday morning, 7-6, as the Canton Crushers continue their quest for their first victory in franchise history.

Canton pitcher Jim Spirito went the distance on the mound, striking out 11, scattering five walks and allowing five hits. He also got the job done at the plate with a single, double and two walks.

Jon Scippa had two singles for the Crushers while Shane Fusco hit the first home run in team history with a solo blast in the fourth inning. 

Canton (0-6) scored four runs in the second inning and extended its lead to 5-1 on Fusco’s home run in the fourth. But Thomaston (1-4) rallied with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to tie the game. Canton took a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth and held it until the ninth inning.

Eric Baba was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double for the Threshers while Andy Ramero had two singles. Thomaston’s starting pitcher Ramano Santiago allowed seven hits, struck out nine and walked seven. Canton was hurt with five errors.

Canton resumes play on Thursday when they travel to Wolcott and the BAW complex to face the Scrappers (3-3) under the lights beginning a 7:45 p.m. Canton hosts the the undefeated Brass City Brew (4-0) from Waterbury on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Bowdoin Field.

Thomaston 7, Canton 6
At Thomaston
Canton (0-6)               040  101  000 – 6
Thomaston (1-4)         100  310  002 – 7

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

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