Canton A’s headed to CT for Stan Musial tourneyBy Canton Citizen
By virtue of a 4-2 win over Weymouth in the Cranberry Baseball League playoffs last week, the Canton A’s have clinched a spot in the Stan Musial North Atlantic Regional Tournament, which gets underway today, August 1, in Wallingford, Connecticut.
The A’s are one of two teams from the CBL that are headed to the prestigious tournament, along with league champion Braintree (23-3), which defended its title with a 7-0 win over Canton in Monday’s championship game at Rockland Stadium.
Despite the loss, the A’s still finish second in the seven-team league after finishing second in the regular season (tied with Weymouth) with an overall record of 15-9.
Canton will now look to pull off an upset in Connecticut in hopes of advancing to the Stan Musial World Series, which kicks off August 8 in Farmingdale (Long Island), New York. The regional is a double-elimination tournament, meaning that teams play until they lose two games.
In last Wednesday’s tournament-clinching victory over Weymouth, A’s starting pitcher Jared Clement tossed six scoreless innings before getting touched up for a pair of runs in the seventh.
Offensively, Sean O’Neill led the way with three RBIs, including one in the first inning and two more in the fifth. Cory Albanese also drove in a run, while Travis Ritchie had a single and a stolen base.
Shortstop Andrew Vandini also had a great game defensively and made a big play in the final inning to get a key out in the Weymouth rally.
In other team news, Zack Walker and Dave Roberto were both named to the All-CBL first team in addition to being nominated for Pitcher of the Year, which went to Braintree’s Nick Asselin. Walker had seven wins and an earned run average of 1.50 while Roberto was 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA.
A’s manager Kee Arguimbau was also recognized by the league, earning Manager of the Year honors.
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