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Crushers rally to beat Wolcott, 4-2 and snap three-game losing streak

Canton’s Steve Dubois hit a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Crushers past Wolcott Sunday night in Tri-State League action.

WOLCOTT, July 12, 2021 – Steve Dubois’ bases-loaded single to left field in the top of the eighth inning helped the Canton Crushers snap a three-game losing streak in a 4-2 win over the Wolcott Scrappers in Tri-State League action Sunday night at BAW Field.

Dubois’ hit drove in two runs to give the Crushers (4-10) a two-run lead. Dubois was 2-for-4 in the game with three RBI. Canton reliever Jake Bryant retired the side to pick up his first win of the season in the mound.

Canton scored in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. Jim Spirito, who was 3-for-3 with a double, led off the inning with a double and moved to third base when Dubois flew out to center field. With two outs, Canton’s Jeff Mulhall got the big hit with an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.

In the eighth, Brian Phelps led off with a single and moved to second base when Bryant grounded out. Phelps moved to third base on Sean Bahre’s single. With one out, Spirito walked to load the bases and set the table for Dubois’ game-winning hit.

Canton’s Jim Michanczyk pitched a strong six innings, scattering four hits, six walks and striking out six. At the plate, he was 2-for-4. Bryant pitched two innings of scoreless relief to secure the win.

On Saturday, Phelps was 2-for-2 with Bahre getting a double but Amenia (9-2) shutout the Crushers, 4-0 at Bowdoin Field. Spirito pitched six strong innings, allowing eight hits and striking out four. Will Perotti hit a home run for the Monarchs while Mike Cipriano went the distance on the mound to earn the win for Amenia. Cipriano struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Earlier in the week, Mike Sullivan had two hits and Spirito had a RBI single but Tri-Town dominated Canton in a 13-1 victory at Bowdoin Field.

Canton returns to action on Tuesday night when they host Winsted at 5:45 p.m. at Bowdoin Field and the Crushers close out the regular season with a doubleheader at Bowdoin Field on Saturday against the Southington 66ers beginning at 1 p.m.

Each team in the league qualifies for the playoffs this year. The playoffs begin on July 23 with a best-of-3 series. The top three teams earn a bye but the top two teams in the league will be playing in the Stan Musial state championship tournament on the weekend on July 24-25.

Canton 4, Wolcott 2 (8)
At Wolcott

Canton (4-10)             000  100  12  — 4-12-1
Wolcott (7-8)              001  100  00  — 2-4-0
Jim Michanczyk, Jake Bryant (6) and Jeff Mulhall; Negretti and Clark; WP: Bryant (1-3); LP: Negretti; 2B: Jim Spirito (Ca)

Amenia 4, Canton 0
At Canton
(July 10)
Amenia (9-2)               100  120  0  — 4-8-0
Canton (3-10)             000  000  0  – 0-5-1
Mike Cipriano and T. Downey; Jim Spirito, Heath Cotton (7) and Jeff Mulhall; WP: Cipriano; LP: Spirito (1-3); 2B: Leshawn Thrasher (A), Cipriano (A), Sean Bahre (Ca); HR: Will Perotti (A)

Tri-Town 13, Canton 1
At Canton
(July 6)
Tri-Town (12-0)          230  800  0  — 13-11-0
Canton (3-9)               000  100  0  — 1-4-1
Chatfield, Livingston (6) and unknown; Cam Gaudet, Braedon Bean (4), Jim Spirito (5) and Jake Bryant; WP: Chatfield; LP: Gaudet (0-2); 2B: Ellis (T) 2, Gardella (T), Fabiaschi (T)

Tri-State 2021 Rec. Pct.
Terryville 11-0 1.000
Tri-Town 12-1 .923
Amenia 11-2 .846
Bethlehem 8-6 .571
Torrington Twisters 6-6 .500
Winsted 6-6 .500
Wolcott 7-8 .466
Southington 5-8 .384
Blasius 5-8 .384
Valley Ducks 4-7 .363
Burlington 4-7 .363
Canton 4-10 .285
Torrington Rebels 0-14 .000

Saturday, July 10
Amenia 4, Canton 0
Terryville 8, Torrington Rebels 0
Terryville 6, Torrington Twisters 0

Sunday, July 11
Canton 4, Wolcott 2 (8)
Blasius 5, Tri-Town 2
Bethlehem 8, Winsted 7
Amenia 14-10, Torrington Rebels 7-0
Southington 7, Thunder Ducks 3
Torrington Twisters 6, Burlington 1
Wolcott 1, Bethlehem 0

Tuesday, July 13
Winsted at Canton, 5:45 p.m.
Bethlehem at Blasius
Torrington Rebels at Tri-Town
Wolcott at Torrington Twisters
Thunder Ducks at Amenia
CTL Angels at Southington

Wednesday, July 14
Burlington at Terryville
Thunder Ducks at Torrington Twisters

Thursday, July 15
Winsted at Amenia
Torrington Twisters at Bethlehem

Friday, July 16
Terryville at Tri-Town
Blasius at Southington
Burlington at Wolcott

Saturday, July 17
Torrington Twisters at Winsted
Valley Ducks at Blasius
Southington at Canton (2), 1 p.m.
Bethlehem at Torrington Rebels
Tri-Town at Terryville

Sunday, July 18
Valley Ducks at Terryville
Burlington at Amenia

Monday, July 19
CTL Aftershocks at Torrington Twisters
Burlington at Winsted

Tuesday, July 20
Burlington at Blasius

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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