Canton Modified Baseball, which hadn’t been challenged in a few weeks, was put to the test at Malone Monday and came away with a 9-3 win, staying undefeated at 10-0.
The Bears and Huskies were knotted at 2-2 through three innings, with Malone scoring their runs on errors in the first and second innings. The Canton bats came to life in the fourth inning, with Zadok Roiger hitting a leadoff single, stealing second and scoring on a Charlie Todd single. Todd came around to score on a hit by Paul Redfern, who also scored on an error for a 5-2 lead.
The Bears added two runs in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and seventh to put the game away. Malone scored a run in the seventh on another Canton error to end the scoring.
Todd, Roiger and JJ Ahlfeld each had two hits and two runs scored. Todd added 2 RBI. Mat Bradish-Hayes also had a hit.
Todd went the first four innings on the mound, not giving up a hit until Malone had back-to-back singles in the fifth. Todd gave up two unearned runs, did not walk a batter and struck out eight. He was relieved by Jackson Ames who gave up one unearned run on two hits with one strike out and no walks over the last two innings.
Ahlfeld made five plays at second base and Todd made a tough catch on a foul ball at catcher to help hold off a Malone rally.
The Bears have a week off between games, with their next contest a home match up with archrival Massena Tuesday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.