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Tri-Town uses 18 hits to roll past Canton

Canton’s Ben Sullivan had a home run and a double in Thursday night’s Tri-State League loss to the Brass City Vipers.

CANTON, July 19, 2022 – Willy Yahn was 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI while teammate Austin Swanson was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead defending Tri-State League champion Tri-Town to a 15-0 shutout win over the Canton Crushers on Tuesday night at Bowdoin Field.

Tri-Town (16-1) had 18 hits, the second most allowed in a single game by the Crushers in team history. Pitcher Bobby Chatfield went the distance for the Trojans, allowing just two hits and striking out 12. He walked three.

Austin Swanson and Colby Brunnell had home runs for Tri-Town while Grant Meyer had a triple. Tri-Town will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Tri-State League playoffs that begin on Tuesday with the wild card round. The top six teams in the 10-team field automatically advance to the best-of-3 first round series.

Canton (5-12) received singles from Ben Sullivan and Jeff Mulhall. Taylor Riley took the loss on the mound for the Crushers, who were shutout for the first time this season.

Canton closes out the regular season on Thursday night when they take on Brass City Vipers at 7 p.m. at Bucks Hill Park in Waterbury.

The Crushers still have a path to the playoffs. They have to beat Brass City on Thursday and hope the Vipers lose a game with Naugatuck that is currently tied 6-6 and will be completed on Thursday afternoon and that the Vipers lose to Burlington on Friday.

If Canton and Brass City finished tied at 6-12, it will go to tiebreakers. The first tiebreaker is head to head but if Canton wins on Thursday then the two teams would have split the season series. The second tiebreaker is run differential and Canton currently has a 10-run lead on the Vipers.

Tri-Town 15, Canton 0
At Canton
Tri-Town (16-1)               203  104  5  — 15-18-1
Canton (5-12)                   000  000  0  — 0-2-4
Bobby Chatfield and unknown; Taylor Riley, Tom Spirito (6) and Jeff Mulhall; WP: Chatfield; LP: Riley (0-2); 2B: Willy Yahn (TT) 2, 3B: Grant Meyer (TT), HR: Austin Swanson (TT), Colby Bunnell (TT)

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