Burlington Hunters 4 Torrington Twisters 3
The Burlington Hunters defeated the Torrington Twisters in a back and forth game, 4-3. Ty Morin got the start for the Hunters and earned the win throwing 5 innings, scattering 3 hits, 0 earned runs, and striking out 6. Taylor Donofrio notched the rare 6 out save, surrendering 1 hit and striking out 3. Steve Martinez got the start for the Twisters and kept the Hunter bats quiet until the bottom of the third when Zack Martin drove in 2 runs on a ground-rule double. The Hunters would then score 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of RBI singles from Andrew Bunger and Frank Ferrentino. Jheremi Rosado also had a nice day at the plate for the Hunters (2/3, 2B), but was robbed of an RBI thanks to the lack of speed of Zack Martin who ran like a wounded Buffalo with 3 legs.
Other game highlights include: Joe Tonon sets a Tri-State record for most positions played in the field during a game by someone under the height of 5”5, Zack Martin kept his error streak alive by dropping a routine pop-up, Veteran pitcher Alex Hansen is still no where to be found, and Tyler Doyle brought the energy with an excellent pregame playlist.
Canton Crushers 6 Valley Ducks 5
Copyright Gery DeSimas Collinsville Press 6/28/22
Canton’s Jim Spirito was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI to lead the Canton Crushers to a 6-5 win over the Valley Thunder Ducks Tuesday in Tri-State League baseball action.
The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Crushers, who improve to 3-6 on the year.
Tied at 5-5, Canton took the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Jeff Mulhall led off with a single to left field and moved to second base thanks to a one-out error. A walk to Jake Bryant loaded the bases before Spirito reached base on an error that allowed Mulhall to score from third base for a 6-5 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Crusher hurler Matt Rose struck out two to secure his first win of the season. Rose pitched three innings, gave up one hit and fanned three.
Canton took a 5-1 lead with four runs in the third inning thanks to a RBI double from Bryant, a two-run triple from Spirito and an RBI double from Rose.
The Thunder Ducks (6-7), whose home field is in Wolcott, scored twice in the fourth on a RBI double from Kyle Dadonna and an Canton error. The Ducks added another run in the fifth on an unearned run. In the sixth, the Ducks tied the game at 5-5 when Steve Mariano was hit by a pitch and stole second base. He took third on an infield ground ball out and scored on another infield out to tie the game.
Ben Sullivan was 2-for-4 for the Crushers. Rose and starting pitcher James Michanczyk, who pitched the first four innings, combined to allow four hits and strikeout eight.
The Crushers dropped a 4-2 decision to Bethlehem last Thursday at Mills Pond Park field as the Plowboys Jarrett Michaels hit a three-run home run in the third inning. Sean Allaire had a double for Canton while Rose took the loss on the mound.
Canton returns to action on Thursday when they host the Brass City Vipers at Bowdoin Field beginning at 5:45 p.m.