Northern Tier Sports Report
CANTON — For the second time this season, Canton rallied to beat Troy on the diamond, as the Warriors edged the Trojans 6-5 in eight innings during NTL baseball action Thursday.

Troy led pretty much the whole way, taking a 3-1 lead after the second inning. Canton tied it up with two runs in the fourth, but Troy got one back in the fifth for a 4-3 advantage.

The Trojans added another run in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 edge, but Canton tied it up in the bottom half. In the eighth an error off the bat of Canton’s Gavin Morse scored Cooper Kitchen to get the win.

Weston Bellows (2-for-4) had a double, with a run scored, and an RBI, while Holden Ward (2-for-4) scored twice.

Kitchen (1-for-5), scored a run, as Mason Harold (1-for-4) had 2-RBI. Michael Beers and Cohen Landis each scored, as well.

Holden Ward got the start, but only went 2 1/3-innings for the no decision. He struck out two, with two walks, three hits, and three runs, with two earned.

Kitchen went the final 5 2/3-innings to get the win, striking out three with two hits, no walks, and two unearned runs.

For Troy Clayton Smith (1-for-4) scored twice, while Kory Schucker (1-for-4) also crossed home. Justice Chimics (1-for-4), and Camden Allen (1-for-3) each had an RBI.

Camryn Harwick (1-for-4) also had a hit, with Lincoln Chimics driving in a run, while Danny Hoppaugh and Eason Teribury both scored.

Schucker got the start, and went six innings for the no decision. He struck out six, with two walks, five hits, and five runs, four of which were earned.

Harwick pitched the final 1 2/3-innings to take the loss, striking out one with two walks, one hit, and one unearned run.

Troy got on the scoreboard in the top of the first, as, with bases loaded, Lincoln Chimics drove in Clayton Smith with a ground out RBI for a 1-0 lead.

Canton got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the innings Morse hit a sacrifice fly, which brought in Ward, who led things off with a walk.

In the second Hoppaugh led off with a walk, followed by Teribury getting hit by a pitch.

After an out Justice Chimics drove in Hoppaugh with a ground out to put the Trojans up 2-1. Teribury would score on an error off the bat of Smith for the 3-1 lead.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth, as Canton rallied with two outs. Beers would reach on a dropped third strike, followed by Landis getting hit by a pitch.

Harold then drove both of them in with a single to make it 3-3.

Troy would use back to back errors to get a run back in the fifth, as Smith and Schucker both reached on errors. Allen then brought in Smith on a hit to make it 4-3 with no outs.

Canton got out of the inning, as Schucker got caught stealing home, followed by a ground out, and a pop out.

In the top of the seventh Troy rallied again, this time it was Schucker reaching on an error with two outs. He later scored on an error off the bat of Allen to make it 5-3.

In the bottom half of the inning Ward led off with a hit, followed by Kitchen reaching on an error. 

Bellows then drove Ward home with a double, putting Kitchen on third, and the winning run on the second.

Troy dug in defensively, though, as they got a pop out, then, after walking Beers, got a second out with a fielder’s choice as Kitchen was caught trying to take home.

The bases were still loaded, though, when Landis was hit by a pitch, bringing in Bellows to tie the game.

Troy did get out of the inning with a fly out on the next batter, taking it to extras.

In the top of the eighth Harwick led off with a single, and would get as far as second, but Canton retired the next three batters to end the threat.

In the bottom half of the inning Troy retired the first two batters, but Kitchen kept the at bat alive with a single. They intentionally walked Bellows after Kitchen stole second, setting up the error off the bat of Morse that scored Kitchen.

Canton (12-8) will next be in action in the District 4 playoffs in a couple weeks. Troy (6-10) will host Hughesville Friday.

PHOTO CAPTION: Canton's Cohen Landis slides into home as Troy's Camden Allen waits for the throw...PHOTOS BY LANCE LARCOM

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