North Penn-Mansfield downs Canton, 13-2
The high school baseball season may be in its early stages, but the North-Penn Mansfield Tigers appeared to be in top form on Wednesday; when they took on NTL opponent Canton.
The Tigers defense kept the Warriors scoreless in the first inning, and the Tigers offense wasted little time getting on the board. Brendan Hill reached first on an error and then burned Canton by stealing second, and later home to put the Tigers up 1-0. North-Penn Mansfield put one more run on the board before the end of the first inning.
North-Penn Mansfield continue to hold Canton scoreless in the second, while they poured it on with 7 more runs of their own. JP Shaw and Hill had RBI doubles in the inning, and Kipp Hilson scored in the inning. By the time Canton got out of the inning they found themselves trailing the Tigers 9-0.
Canton got their first run in the top of the third, and had another runner in scoring position; before the Tigers rallied, getting out of the inning with the damage limited to one run. North-Penn Mansfield added two more to their total in the bottom half of the inning, when Carl Dinger’s single brought Shaw and Hillson home.
North-Penn Mansfield didn’t allow the Warriors to gain any traction in the top of the fourth, forcing Canton to go three up and three down. Meanwhile, the Tigers offense continued to produce runs, adding two more in the bottom of the fourth; increasing the lead to 13-1.
Canton scored again in the fifth as they attempted to mount a rally and stay in the game. But North-Penn Mansfield defense closed the door, sealing the 13-2 win.
Carl Dinger got the win for the Tigers, going the distance on the mound with 6 strikeouts.
North-Penn Mansfield looks to continue their winning ways on Friday March 31st, when they host Northern Potter.