Canton all-stars eliminatedD5 champs lose two in state LL tournament
GREENVILLE — The Canton 12-and-under all-stars was sent packing after losing to South Durham, 12-2, in Thursday’s elimination game at the North Carolina Little League Baseball Tournament at the multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art Elm Street Park.
For the Canton all-stars, it was a case of too little, too late as South Durham bolted to a 10-2 lead after two innings.
Canton was able to hold South Durham scoreless for the next three innings, but a two-run homer in the top of the sixth just added the District 5 champion’s frustrations.
GREENVILLE — In Wednesday’s state tournament opener, Canton was knocked into the loser’s bracket after being defeated 9-4 by the host Greenville North State all-stars.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second, Canton’s Brooks Valentine. coaxed a walk and advanced to third on Aiden Haider double.
Greenville’s pitcher walked three consecutive batters, allowing Canton to erase the deficit and take a 2-1 lead.
Until Greenville answered with five runs, including a three-run homer, a half-inning later, to recapture the lead, 6-2.
In the top of the fourth, Josh Reece and Keegan Hudson walked and scored on Travis Shuford’s RBI single to slice the deficit to 6-4.
However, Greenville answered again a half-inning later with a solo homer and a two-run home run to take a five run advantage, 9-4.