Leading 9-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Canton Modified Baseball team exploded for nine runs en route to an 18-3, six-inning, time-shortened game at home against Gouverneur Saturday. The win pushed the Bears to 2-3 heading into a home game Tuesday at 4:30 against Potsdam. It was a strong offensive display for the Bears who wrapped out 10 hits, reached on eight Gouverneur walks and also reached base on four Wildcat errors.
Jackson Ames led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3, including a base-clearing, bases loaded triple in the fifth, and five RBI. He also scored four runs. Brandon O’Shea was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Also getting hits for Canton were JJ Ahlfeld, Zadok Roiger, Charlie Todd and Paul Redfern. Ahlfeld and Roiger scored three runs each and Todd scored two.
“While we’re still striking out too much, it was nice to see the bats come alive, and some strong, smart and aggressive base running as well,” said Coach Mark Mende.
On the mound, Todd went four innings, giving up one run on two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Ames relieved him and gave up two runs on no hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The Bears made six errors in the field.
“While it was a nice win and we are improving, we are still making too many errors, and neither pitcher was charged with an earned run. We still have work to do!” said Mende.