Errors in the field and a lack of aggressiveness at the plate cost the Canton Modified Baseball Team in a 9-1 loss at Lisbon Friday.
The Bears managed only three hits, and two Lisbon pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts, seven of them on called third strikes, to shut down the Bears. JJ Ahlfeld, Zadok Roiger and Charlie Todd had the Bears hits.
Canton plated its only run in the seventh when Connor Miller reached on a dropped third strike, stole second and third and scored on an infield error. Roiger reached base three times, while Gavin Schryver, Todd, Jackson Ames and Paul Redfern reached base twice.
Defensively, Canton made five errors and multiple mental mistakes to allow Lisbon to keep innings alive. The Golden Knights plated five in the first inning, two in the third and two in the fifth, but only totaled six hits off two Canton pitchers. One of the few bright spots in the field was Redfern’s strong play at catcher.
Todd started the game and went four innings, giving up seven runs on four hits. He struck out seven, walked two and hit two batters. He gave up four earned runs. Roiger came on to pitch the last two innings, giving up two runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Only one run was earned.
The Bears (1-1) travel to Malone Tuesday before returning for their first home games of the season, Thursday against Massena and Saturday against Gouverneur.
This post comes courtesy of modified baseball Coach Mark Mende. Photos come courtesy of Shelly Pike.