Canton boys win District 5 crownCLL bats clobber Franklin 13-3, advances to state tourney
FRANKLIN — The Canton Little League picked up its second District 5 championship when its Major Division (11-12) baseball all-star team clobbered Franklin, 13-3, at the Macon County Sports Complex Wednesday night.
Last week, the Canton Little League 7-8 all-star softball team also beat Franklin to win the D5 title.
The Canton all-star baseball team advances to the North Carolina Little League Tournament as the D5 champion.
In the top of the first, Canton’s Brady Goolsby singled and scored ahead of Travis Shuford, who belted a two-run homer to take an early 2-0 lead. But Franklin rallied with three runs a half inning later to recapture the advantage, 3-2.
But that was all the runs Franklin would score.
In the second inning, Hunter Cseledy and Sawyer Trull led off with back-to-back singles and Keegan Hudson’s RBI-double tied the game at three. CLL took a 5-2 lead after Cseledy and Hudson stole home.
In the bottom of the third, the Canton all-stars scored five more runs to take a 10-5 lead thanks to five walks and RBI singles by Lane Mease and Brooks Valentine.
Shuford blasted a solo home run, his second of the game in the fourth to give CLL a comfortable 11-3 lead.
In the fifth, Canton got the necessary two runs and played solid defense in the home half to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.