Carter Shatraw had three hits, including a grand slam home run, a solo home run and drove in six runs to lead the Canton Modified Baseball Team to a 19-8 win over Potsdam at home on Tuesday.
Shatraw came to the plate in the first inning with two outs and the bases loaded and he hit a ball in the left-center gap that rolled to the fence for the home run. He added an RBI single in the third and a solo home run in the fourth before coming out of the game.
Shoham Zuker also had a strong game at the plate for the Bears, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Canton had 14 hits, reached on 11 walks and took advantage of five Potsdam errors. Gavin Schryver, JJ Ahlfeld, Zadok Roiger, Brandon O’Shea, Jack Murray, John Gidney, James Trombley and Alden Woodruff each had single hits on the day.
Canton got out to a 13-1 lead after three innings, allowing the coaches to utilize some pitchers who needed some experience, as well as getting more players into the game.
Zadok Roiger earned the win on the mound, going three innings and giving up one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Paul Redfern (making his pitching debut) gave up an unearned run in the fourth, but struck out the side. Murray followed in the fifth, giving up only one earned run with three strikeouts. Schryver gave up three earned runs in the sixth and Jackson Ames finished the game by catching a pop fly, throwing out a runner on a ground ball and then ending the game with a strikeout.
“About the only negative were the five errors in the field, but the hitting and pitching were strong and we are hopefully picking up some momentum for the second half of the season,” said Coach Mark Mende.
The Bears (3-3) play at Salmon River Thursday.
Photos provided courtesy of Shelly Pike.