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Canton, Simsbury extend winning streaks; Avon drops fourth straight game

In a game last spring, Canton’s James Mattson slides into second base. Mattson had a great day on the mound and at the plate to help Canton beat Terryville on Saturday for their second straight win.

PLYMOUTH, April 21 – James Mattson had a single, double and one RBI while reliever Joey Fitzgerald got out of sticky jams in the sixth and seventh innings to help the Canton High baseball team earn a 6-4 non-league victory over Terryville on Saturday.

Terryville (3-4, 3-3 Berkshire League) cut the lead to two runs in the sixth inning and had the bases loaded with two outs when Canton skipper Greg Brisco called in Fitzgerald to relieve Mattson, who started the game and went 5 2/3 innings.

Fitzgerald got Terryville’s Dominic Zappone to fly out to centerfield to get out of the jam. In the seventh inning, Fitzgerald easily got outs with the first two Terryville batters. But with two outs, Fitzgerald hit a batter and then walked to put two men on base. But Fitzgerald was able to strike out Terryville’s Nick Ieronimo to end the threat and the ballgame.

Canton (3-1, 2-1 NCCC) won their second straight game. Jack Rose was 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Warriors while Ryan Scarfuri was 2-for-3.

Terryville had a 2-1 lead after one inning before Canton took command in the third inning. Scarfuri and Mattson singled and Nate Lincoln walked to load the bases. A sacrifice fly from Ryan Enns brought in one run and a second run came in on a RBI single from Jack Rose. A single from Matt Rose drove in another run and Mansur had a RBI single to extend the Canton lead to 5-2.

The Warriors return to action on Monday when they travel to Granby to take on the undefeated Bears (7-0) at 3:45 p.m.

Canton 6, Terryville 4
At Plymouth
Canton (3-1)                   104  100  0  — 6-8-0
Terryville (3-4)              200  002  0  – 4-7-0
James Mattson, Joey Fitzgerald (6) and unknown; Dominic Zappone, Mike Tiscia (5), Nick Ieronimo (7) and Colin Bamrick; WP: Mattson (1-0); LP: Zappone; Save: Fitzgerald (1); 2B: Ryan Enns (Ca), Mattson (Ca)

Granby 5, Avon 1
GRANBY, April 21 – The Avon High baseball team continues to struggle at the plate. Granby pitcher Parker Hansen gave up just two hits and struck out 11 as the Bears remained undefeated (7-0) with a 5-1 non-league victory over the Falcons on Saturday.

In six games this season, Avon (1-5) has gotten more than four hits in a single game just once. They had two hits on Saturday and three hits in an eight-run loss to Northwest Catholic on Friday.

Will Boone had a triple for the Falcons while Kyle Zarwanski had a single. Avon’s lone run came in the fourth inning when Boone triple and scored a few plays later on a wild pitch. That cut the Granby lead to 2-1 and it was close at that point.

Granby pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Aleksander Morawick (2-for-3) reached on a one-out single. He scored on a RBI triple from Hansen, who scored a few plays later on a wild pitch for a 4-1 lead. After a hit batter, Granby’s Tyler Mackowski had a RBI single to increase the lead to 5-1.

Hansen had a heck of a ballgame. He dominated on the mound and at the plate. He was 3-for-3 with three RBI in the contest, including a two-out RBI single in the third inning. Nate Orluk and Morawiec were each 2-for-3 at the plate.

Avon returns to action on Monday when they host Newington at Buckingham Park beginning at 3:45 p.m. Granby hosts Canton at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Granby 5, Avon 1
At Granby
Avon (1-5)                       000  100  0  — 1-2-1
Granby (7-0)                  011  003  x  — 5-9-1
Blaise Engle, Jake Coppen (3) and unknown; Parker Hansen, Nate Orluk (7) and unknown; WP: Hansen; LP: Engle (0-1); 3B: Will Boone (A)

Simsbury 13, Suffield 3
SUFFIELD, April 21 – Blake Chapman was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI to lead the Simsbury High baseball team to a 13-3 non-league victory over Suffield Saturday morning. Simsbury (4-3) had 13 hits and scored 11 unanswered runs to win their third straight game.

Suffield (3-3) led 3-2 after four innings. Simsbury took the lead in the fifth with two runs thanks to three doubles from Mason Valentino, Jack Donofrio and Chapman. Simsbury broke open the contest in the sixth inning with eight runs due to six hits, an error, two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch.

Tate Valerio was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Simsbury while Donofrio was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Suffield was led by Jonah Berrian and Dario DeCosmo with doubles.

Simsbury’s starting pitcher Peter Phillips gave up four hits and allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. He struck out four but walked five. Reliever Aidan Shugrue shut down Suffield, earning the win by working 3 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four.

Simsbury returns to action on Monday when they host Rocky Hill at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.

Simsbury 13, Suffield 3
At Suffield
Simsbury (4-3)               200  028  1  — 13-13-3
Suffield (3-3)                  021  000  0  — 3-6-3
Peter Phillips, Aidan Shugrue (3), Jack McNally (7) and unknown; Dario DeCosmo, Richard Eheader (6) and unknown; WP: Shugrue; LP: DeCosmo; 2B: Blake Chapman (Sims) 2, Tate Valerio (Sims), Jack Donofrio (Sims), Mason Valentino (Sims), Jonah Berrian (Suff), DeCosmo (Suff)

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

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