In Gouverneur on Tuesday at Mills Park Field, Canton 10, Gouverneur 0.
The Canton boys baseball team took another huge step forward in their season by avenging an early season, 2-0 loss to Gouverneur by shutting out the Cats on their home field. With the win the Bears move into a share of first place in the Central Division with Salmon River with their record currently standing at 6-1 in the Central and 9-2 overall.
The bounce back win for the Bears occurred just 24 hours after a tough road loss to the Carthage Comets, a team which the Bears had defeated earlier in the season. Coach Caufield commented following the win, “David (Zuhlsdorf) was a monster on the mound! He definitely came to play and had a focused intensity which was second to none….awesome!” The southpaw hurler allowed only four hits and struck out 10 Wildcat batters on the afternoon. Not to be outdone his brother Erich provided a solid offensive day by connecting for three key hits. Scott Ahlfeld and Daven LaFaver joined in on the action by supplying two hits each to the cause.
Caufield credited some key movements of his infield and the job each of them did to help secure the win. With Luke Wentworth unable to play due to illness, “Daven LaFaver took his position at first base and was outstanding”, noted Caufield. “Sam (Roiger) was his usual steady self at short and Lane (Rayburn) needed to shift to third base. Tanner Hazelton, who has been struggling with back pain was called on to cover right field. “Tanner has been out for awhile healing up, but jumped at the opportunity to get out there and help our guys. I couldn’t be more proud of him”, commented the veteran Coach.
The Bears have no time to celebrate this victory as they are back on the road today headed to Route 11 Rival Potsdam. First pitch is slated for 4:30.