Massena 13, Canton 6.

Late Surge Pushes Massena past Canton in Modified Baseball on Thursday afternoon.

The Canton Modified Baseball Team kept it close through four innings, but pitching depth continued to be an issue in a 13-6 six-inning, time-shortened loss to Massena in the first home game for the Bears Thursday.

Charlie Todd on the mound for the Bears!

Massena scored single runs in each of the first four innings, and Canton got board with a run in the fourth to make it 4-1 heading into the fifth. The Raiders added four in the fifth and five in the sixth to pull away.

The Bears didn’t go quietly, however, scoring five in the bottom of the sixth on three hits, kicked off by a leadoff triple by Charlie Todd and followed by an RBI double by Brandon O’Shea. Paul Redfern added a single in the inning. Todd, O’Shea, Zadok Roiger, Redfern and Conner Miller scored runs in the sixth.

Zadok Roiger had a doubled in the fourth and came around to score the first Canton run on an error. JJ Ahlfeld had the only other Canton hit, a single in the third. Strong Massena pitching accounted for 14 strikeouts.

Zadok roiger with the big swing!

Todd Pitched the first two innings for the Bears, giving up two runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Roiger relieved and went three innings, giving up six runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Gavin Schryver, showing a lot of heart and grit, started the sixth in his first-ever pitching performance, and O’Shea finished the inning.

Canton hosts Gouverneur Saturday at 11 a.m. and then continues its home stand with a game against Potsdam Tuesday.

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