Malone came to visit Canton in a league game on Friday. Southpaw David Zuhlsdorf was on the mound for the Bears, while Logan Spaulding got the ball for the Huskies.
After getting two outs in the first, Canton’s three errors led to four runs by Malone. D. Zuhlsdorf managed to get out of the first after 36 pitches, and the struggling Canton bats came to the plate. They had no success against Spaulding, as he limited the Bears to just five baserunners through the first five innings.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the top of the fourth, on two more errors by the Bears. D. Zuhlsdorf pitched two outs into the sixth inning when his pitching limit was reached. His brother, Erich Zuhlsdorf took over. The hard throwing righty was making his pitching debut. E. Zuhlsdorf needed only one pitch to get the final out in the sixth, resulting in another chance for the Bears. Down 5-0, the heart of the Bears order went down 1-2-3.
In the seventh inning, Malone tacked on two more runs on a hard hit double, putting the Bears down 7-0. D. Zuhlsdorf and Lane Rayburn started off the bottom of the inning with singles in the left center gap. After a productive at bat by E. Zuhlsdorf, Nate Romano knocked in two runs with a single. Romano was sent home on a RBI walk by Gavin Thompson, but that’s all the Bears could muster as they lost 7-3.
Keegan McCardle finished 3-4 with three RBIs for the Huskies, and Spaulding gave up three runs in 6.2 innings to lead the Huskies. D. Zuhlsdorf finished the game with six strikeouts and just three earned runs, while Romano went 2-3 with two RBIs.
The Bears will travel to Gouverneur on Tuesday to face the red hot Wildcats.