The Canton Modified Baseball Team, after not playing since 2019, got back on the diamond Monday at Ogdensburg Free Academy and managed to hold on for a 12-9 win.

Charlie Todd pitches in the season opener for modified baseball Monday night.

The Bears built a 9-0 lead after two innings, but let the Blue Devils get the score to 9-8 after four innings before adding three runs in the fifth inning to ice the game.

Charlie Todd pitched two perfect innings to start the game, allowing one base runner in the second, who Todd picked off. He gave up one walk and struck out two. 

After two relief pitchers scuffled to find the strike zone over two innings, Zadok Roiger came on in the fourth and pitched the last three innings to earn the save. He gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Jack Murray was the winning pitcher.

Offensively, the Bears only managed two hits, but took advantage of 16 walks issued by OFA pitchers. The two hits were big, however. JJ Ahlfeld delivered an RBI single in the second, and then Todd immediately followed with a two-run double.

Todd and Roiger each reached base three times, with Roiger scoring two runs. Brandon O’Shea, John Gidney and Gavin Schryver each scored two runs for the Bears in the time-shortened six-inning victory. Also scoring were Cole Straight, Jackson Ames, Brayden Beeles and Alden Woodruff.

Canton travels to Lisbon for a non-league Friday.

This blog comes courtesy of modified baseball Coach Mark Mende.

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