The Canfield Baseball Club’s 12-year-old team was eliminated from the State Little League Tournament in Englewood, a suburb of Dayton, during the weekend of July 23.
The team lost its first game on Saturday, July 23, to Mount Vernon, 13-6. Canfield’s defense took the field with Mark Wittmann on the mound. Getting the first batter to pop out, the second hit a shot down the third base line that was stabbed by Dominic Cooper and riffled to first for out number two. Mt. Vernon got some momentum scoring the next six before the Cards got the third out. Catcher Dean Lauer took a foul ball in the wrist and had to be replaced by Seth Opladen. In Canfield’s first at bat, Wittmann and Jake Kuchmaner took walks, and Jacob Cummings hit a ground rule double over the center field fence scoring two. The next batter, Cody Holland knocked a homerun over the right field fence to bring the Cards within two runs, 6-4. Jake Kuchmaner came in the second and struck out three in a row. Mt. Vernon’s 4-6-3 double play retired the Cards in the second. Jake Cummings came to the mound in the third to retire the side after Mt. Vernon scored three more, 9-4. A double play and fly out in the third kept Canfield off the board. Cody Holland took the mound in the fourth retiring the first three batters. Sean Frisbie’s single to left started the fourth, but a fielder’s choice and double play again retired the cards. In the fifth Holland kept Mt. Vernon off the board and Canfield scored two more off Kuchmaner’s two-run homer, 13-6. Mt. Vernon stopped Canfield’s rally in the sixth with two men on.
Mt. Vernon scored 13 runs on 13 hits, Canfield scored six runs on seven hits.
On Sunday, July 24, the team was eliminated by Wheelersburg, 6-5. Wheelersburg took a 1-0 lead in the first. In the third Canfield broke the game open scoring five runs, 5-1. Wheelersburg scored three more in the fifth making it a one point game, 5-4. In the bottom of the sixth Wheelersburg was able to load the bases with no outs. The next batter was thrown out at home, before two sharply hit singles gave Wheelersburg the win.
Team members are Zachary Bernat, Cooper, David Crawford, Cummings, Frisbie, Holland, Anthony Joseph, Jake Kuchmaner, Lauer, Opladen, Kyle West and Wittmann.