Bulldogs eliminated

Head coach JP Scott and senior captain Pat Vartanian have helped to turn around the Bulldog baseball program. (Mike Barucci photo)

The Bulldogs found a winning formula in 2015 under coach JP Scott and senior captain Pat Vartanian. (Mike Barucci photo)

Update: After earning its first playoff win in several seasons earlier this week, the Canton High baseball team ran out of steam against top-seeded and undefeated Westwood on Saturday, falling 20-6 in the second round of the Division 2 south sectional tournament. The Bulldogs finish the season at 11-11 overall.

The Canton High varsity baseball team is headed to the playoffs after knocking off King Philip Regional 8-5 last Wednesday at home. The victory was Canton’s 10th of the season, giving the program its first double-digit win total since 2004. This was also the first time that the baseball team has qualified for the playoffs under the current MIAA format, which requires teams to win 10 games or finish with a .500 winning percentage or better.

Canton (10-10) earned the No. 17 seed in the Division 2 south playoff bracket and will face No. 16 Greater New Bedford (9-9) on Thursday, June 4, at 3 p.m. in New Bedford. The winner of that game would then go on to face undefeated Westwood (20-0), which received a first-round bye, Saturday at 2 p.m. at Westwood High School.

The Bulldogs notched four impressive wins over their final six games to finish strong and qualify for the tourney.

Kevin Powers and Griffin Jerrier ended the season tied with three wins a piece and ERAs of 3.41 and 3.58, respectively. Jerrier also had a team-high 38 strikeouts on the season, while Powers finished with 31. Sean Doyle and Pat Vartanian each had two wins as well.

Offensively, Powers finished the season hitting .409 with a team-high 27 RBIs. Joe Peccia, Mike McMahon, and Vartanian all hit over .300, and Vartanian had 20 RBIs.

In their May 27 win over King Philip, Powers pitched all seven innings and also went 2 for 4 at the plate. Peccia, McMahon, Alex Spoor, and Jerrier also had two hits on the day.

“I am very proud to coach a great group of kids,” said head coach JP Scott. “They play hard and have learned to become a team. We have had a goal of 11 wins since day one of practice.”

The Bulldogs could now reach that goal with a victory this afternoon in their postseason opener.

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