Canton baseball clinches NTL West title with win over CV
Canton pounded out 12 hits as they beat Cowanesque Valley 10-0 in six innings to secure the outright NTL West baseball title Saturday.
"These boys deserve it," Canton coach Bob Rockwell said.
The Warriors have been close in recent years, including last year where they had the inside track most of the season until they were swept in a double-header by eventual champs Wyalusing.
"All season we've got good pitching and we've hit the ball hard most of the year," Rockwell remarked.
And today they showed what they could do it with the glove with an error free outing.
"We played a lot better defensively today," he said.
Emmett Watson and Wes Moore had three hits each with Watson scoring once and Moore scoring twice with an RBI. Trevor Route went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and 4-RBI.
Josiah Bardo and Garrett Wesneski both doubled in the game while Connor Route had a hit as well. Wesneski scored twice while Bardo, Kyle Landis, Chase Pepper and John Bowman also crossed home.
Route and Wesneski had 2-RBI each, too.
Bowman earns the win, going five innings to strike out seven with three walks. Jacob Barrett pitched the final inning with two strikeouts.
Tyler Melko had the lone CV hit. He also gets the loss on the mound with three strikeouts and seven runs in five innings of work. Brandon Whitesell pitched the final inning.
This win also clinches the top seed in the Class A, District IV playoffs for Canton.
Canton will host Wellsboro Monday and Towanda Wednesday.
Canton 12, Cowanesque Valley 9
A six run sixth inning pushed the Warriors past the Indians in NTL West softball action Saturday.
Kellsy Ross went 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle with a double, triple, home run, two runs scored and 6-RBI in the win.
She also scored the win in the circle, striking out seven with one walk.
Maggy Machmer had three hits, including two doubles, while Kayla Ward and Felicia Diefenderfer had two hits each. One of Ward's hits was a double.
Emily Jennings and Makenzy Route also had hits.
Ward scored four times in the game, Jennings and Kelsey Griffin scored twice, and Caitlin McFall and Route also crossed home.
Jennings and Route had 2-RBI each with Diefenderfer also knocking in a run.
Kayla Schauer went 4-for-4 with 3-RBI to lead the Indians while Jessi Prutsman had a home run, three runs and 2-RBI. Courtney Schauer also had a hit with two runs scored.
Shanelle Ianson scores the loss, striking out seven while allowing 12 hits and four walks.
Canton improves to 8-8 with two games left as they host Wellsboro Monday and Towanda Wednesday.
Athens IRFCU 9, Towanda 8
The Athens team avenges a loss from earlier in the season.
Matt Collins was 3-for-4 with a run scored to lead them while Gavin Stein was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Luke Newman went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Kalem Keathley, Andy Rosenberger and Brandon Hunsinger had hits as well. Freeman Stevens scored twice with Hunsinger scoring once.
Collins earns the win, going 4 1/3-innings to strike out six with three hits, four earned runs and two walks.
Shane Martin, Luke Tama, Lars Thomason, Tyler Bidlack and Troy Pierce had hits for Towanda. Martin added two runs and 2-RBI, Tama had two runs and an RBI, Thomason had 2-RBI and Bidlack also knocked in a run. Ben Seymour scored as well.
Caleb Lines started and went 1 1/3-innings to strike out one with one hit, two walks and three runs. Bidlack went the next 2/3-innings with one strikeout, four hits, three earned runs and two walks.
Martin went the final 4 2/3-innings with five hits, three runs, eight strikeouts and three walks.
Towanda is at RTL Monday.