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Bryant goes the distance as Crushers rally for first win of the season

Chris VandeBogart’s RBI single in the top of the seventh lifted the Canton Crushers to their first win of the season Sunday over East Mountain.

NAUGATUCK, June 3 – Jake Bryant pitched a complete game, giving up one run on six hits and striking out seven to lead the Canton Crushers to a 2-1 victory over the East Mountain Cougars Sunday in Tri-State League baseball action at Naugatuck High School.

The Cougars (0-3) led 1-0 going into the sixth inning when Canton (1-3) tied the game. Trey VandeBogart singled with one out and scored on Ben Sullivan’s RBI double.

In the seventh inning, Canton shortstop Heath Cotton reached on an error and moved to second base on a single from Bryant. Cotton scored the game-winning run thanks to a RBI single from Chris VandeBogart.

Bryant struck out the side in the seventh inning to secure the victory – the first win of the season for the Crushers. Trey VandeBogart had two singles for the Crushers while Trebley and Jeff Mulhall also had singles for Canton.

For East Mountain, starting pitcher Justin Proteau pitched well for East Mountain, striking out six. Former Crusher Mike Bowes had two hits for the Cougars.

Canton returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Wolcott to face the Valley Thunder (2-2) at 5:45 p.m. at Tyrrel Middle School. On Sunday, they will travel to Southington to face the 66ers (2-1) at Recreation Park for a game under the nights beginning at 6 p.m.

Canton 2, East Mountain 1
At Naugatuck
Canton (1-3)                        000  001  1  — 2-7-1
East Mountain (0-3)         100  000  0  – 1-6-1
Jake Bryant and Jeff Mulhall; Justin Proteau, A.J. Petrillo (7) and Adrian Rivera; WP: Bryant (1-0); LP: Petrillo; 2B: Ben Sullivan (Ca)

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