The Canton Little Giants had the bases loaded and failed to score in a pivotal fifth inning with the game tied at three.
The Canton Little Giants had the bases loaded and failed to score in a pivotal fifth inning with the game tied at three. The Eagles of Dunlap then pushed home a run of their own in the following inning and held on for the 4-3 victory over Canton in a Mid Illini Conference game. The loss drops Canton to 17-8 on the year, 8-5 in the conference. The win improves Dunlap to 22-7 and 8-5 in the conference.
Dunlap started early with a run in the first off of Canton starting pitcher Clay Schroeder. Taylor Catton started it with a ground-rule double to right-center with one out. A wild pitch moves him third only to have him find his way home after a single by Charlie Mangieri. A 4-6-3 double play gets the Giants out of the inning.
Dalton Crumley started the Canton half with an infield single and then taking second on the throwing error. A ground out from Clint Wells moves the runner up but that is where he would be stranded after a strikeout ends the inning.
Dunlap started their second with a single by John Day. A wild pitch moves him to second where he would eventually score on an error after one was out. Then with runners at first and third a failed suicide squeeze gets the runner at the plate. With two out and runners now at first and third, the runner at first tries to draw the throw, attempting to get the run home before the out was made. However, that didn’t happen with the runner getting tagged out before the run crossed the plate. With the run Dunlap now led 2-0.
James Shaw led the second off for Canton with an infield single, taking second on the bad throw. With one out Brody Scarcliff draws the walk., setting up Avery Dean with two on. Dean answered with a 3-run blast to left center. Canton now found themselves up 3-2.
Dunlap went pretty quickly in the third only to score in the fourth. A walk and back to back singles by Jason Bollman and Carter Michanicon scored the run to tie the game at three.
Canton went quick themselves in both the third and fourth inning, only to have a promising inning taken away from them in the fifth. Aden Emery started that inning off with a single up the middle. Devin Downs gets the sharp single to left with one out. Wells then gets jammed and pops out to first for the second out. A walk to Schroeder loads the bases but a pop up to the catcher in foul territory ends the threat and leaves all runners stranded.
Dunlap added the final run of the game in the sixth. After a walk and hit batter, a single by Grant Winkel scores the run. One run was saved however when right fielder Eli Postin took a hit and fired to Wells at the plate cutting down the runner and ending the inning.
Canton failed to get anything started in their final two at bats, taking the 4-3 loss.
“We did have a couple of defensive miscues tonight, but Clay did a nice job on the mound. I know he would like to have a few of those walks back though,” said Canton coach Mike Emery. “Their pitcher (Andrew Pogue) did a great job for them. He had a really good sinker that was just keeping our kids off balance.”
Schroeder was the losing pitcher for Canton going 5 2/3 while giving up the 4 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit batter and 2 strikeouts. Shaw finished up going 1 1/3, giving up no ones on 2 hits with one hit batter and a strikeout.
Shaw led Canton with 2 hits. Crumley, Downs, Dean, and Emery each had 1 hit.
Pogue was the winning pitcher for Dunlap. Jared Holt pitched the final inning.