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Despite giving up 8 extra-base hits, Canton rallies in seventh to beat Coventry

Head coach Greg Brisco presents the game ball to Gavin Wood for his game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to beat Coventry on Friday at Bowdoin Field. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

CANTON, May 4 – The Coventry High baseball team had eight extra-base hits in Friday’s North Central Connecticut Conference game with Canton. The visiting Patriots had five doubles, a triple and two home runs.

But in the end, it was Canton with the crucial hit. Gavin Wood’s one-out double to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Ryan Enns from second base to lift the Warriors to an exciting 7-6 come-from-behind win over Coventry at Bowdoin Field.

Canton (6-4, 5-2 NCCC) trailed by five runs after 2½ innings and by three runs after 3½ innings. Still, the Warriors were able to rally for their third straight win and snap Coventry’s four-game winning streak.

Coventry’s John Boutin was 4-for-4 with four doubles and three RBI. Teammate Matt Cook was 3-for-4 with a triple and two home runs. The Patriots (10-3, 8-3 NCCC) led 5-0 after 2½ innings.

In the third inning, the Warriors cut the lead to 5-3. Joey Fitzgerald walked and moved to second base on an error, followed by a walk to Jack Mansur. Canton’s Michael Sullivan (2-3) doubled to drive in Fitzgerald. A sacrifice fly from James Mattson drove a second run across and Jack Rose’s RBI single scored Canton’s third run.

Coventry extended the lead to 6-3 in the fourth but Sullivan’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth cut the Patriot lead to 6-5. Canton scored the tying run in the fifth inning. Jack Rose walked, moved to third on a double from Scarfuri and scored on a ground ball out by Gavin Wood.

In the seventh, Enns (2-for-4) singled to centerfield with one out. He moved to second base on a ground ball out by Scafuri and scored on Wood’s double to left field.

Freshman reliever Nate Lincoln picked up his first varsity win, pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out one. Lincoln headed to the mound with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. But he was able to get Nik Freschlin to pop out to Sullivan at second base to get out of the jam.

The Warriors returns to action on Monday when they travel to Colt Park in Hartford to face SMSA at 4 p.m.

Canton 7, Coventry 6
At Canton
Coventry (10-3)              104  100  0  — 6-10-2
Canton (6-4)                   003  210  1  — 7-8-2
Cole Lalli, Devon Zapor, Justin Mancino and unknown; Michael Sullivan, Jack Rose (6), Nate Lincoln (6) and unknown; WP: Lincoln (1-0); LP: Mancino; 2B: Ryan Scafuri (Ca), Michael Sullivan (Ca), Gavin Wood (Ca), Cole Lalli (Cov), John Boutin (Cov) 4, 3B: Matt Cook (Cov); HR: Matt Cook (Cov) 2


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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