Canton Hammers Out Home Win Over Eagles
By David Sharp
Canton hit the ball well, scoring six times in the first two innings of an April 22 varsity baseball contest at Canton.
The Tigers ran their overall record to 12-3 with a 9-3 victory over Knox County. Dalton Baker limited the Eagles (4-10) to three hits, including a three run third inning home run by Tristan Lonberger.
Dalton Baker set the Eagles down in order during the first inning. Austin Haewing led off the game by reaching first base on an error. An errant throw on a steal attempt moved the runner along.
Aaron Ellison singled Haewing home with the first Tiger run. Steffen Simmons smacked a Canton RBI single for a 2-0 Tiger edge. KC starter Cameron Morford kept Simmons stranded on third base despite a stolen base and a passed ball.
Dalton Baker fanned the side in the Knox County second inning. Two leadoff walks set the tone for a four run Canton inning. Austin Haewing singled in a run. Aaron Ellison sent a pitch over the fence for two run homer. Austin Irwin scored the third Tiger run on a balk call.
Canton continued their rally when Dalton Baker singled after the Ellison home run. Steffen Simmons walked. Garrett Serbin singled, loading the bases with one out.
Knox County turned in their best defensive play of the day. First baseman Cole Sutton fielded Andrew Hausdorf’s ground ball. Sutton stepped on first and threw to Jared Barnard at home for a 3-2 inning ending double play.
Colton Danger walked leading off the KCHS third inning. Danger was the Eagle’s first base runner.
Brock Couch collected the first Knox County hit with one out in the inning. Tristan Lonberger laced his second three run homer of the week, pulling Knox County within a 6-3 score. Dylan Morgret reached on an error and went to second base.
Dalton Baker was able to put out the fire with no further scoring. Brock Couch relieved in the third inning. Cameron Morford pitched two innings, walking three on two strikeouts and six hits. Morford took the defeat on the mound.
Three Knox County fielding errors, a walk and a stolen base led to three more Canton runs in the fourth inning. Andrew Hausdorf had a two run single. Cameron Morford threw Hausdorf out at third for the second out.
Colton Danger reached on an error in the top half of inning four but was stranded at first. Canton led 9-3 after four innings.
Brock Couch got out of a second and third jam in the bottom half of inning five without being scored upon. Cole Sutton led off the KCHS seventh with a base hit. Sutton was the only Knox County base runner of the final three frames. Two strikeouts and a short grounder in front of the plate ended the game.
Canton scored nine runs on 11 hits and two errors. The Tigers left nine men on base. Dalton Baker fanned eight of the 27 men he faced with one walk. All three Knox County runs were earned. Dalton Baker went the distance for the win.
“I think our approach at the plate was good. We attacked them,” said Canton coach Seth Minter. “We stayed disciplined and had some good hitting counts. We stayed on top of the baseball for the most part and drove it when we had a chance.”
Aaron Ellison went 3-4 at bat with a home run, three Canton runs scored and three batted in. Andrew Hausdorf was 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Garrett Serbin was 2-4 with a run scored.
Knox County scored three runs on three hits and six errors. The Eagles stranded three runners on the day. Brock Couch struck out five of the 20 batters he faced with three walks and five hits in four innings pitched.
“We just didn’t make the routine plays (in the field). We didn’t have a good approach at the plate,” said KCHS coach Jesse Crawford. “When you do that and you are facing one of the better pitchers in Northeast Missouri you are going to struggle.”
“Kudos to them. They are 12-3 right now for a reason,” Jesse Crawford said. “They had good at bats. Whey then put pressure on our defense, we kind of failed ourselves. We have six games left to get better and I hope we do.”