CANFIELD OH- On Senior night the goal is simple, win right in front of your family members and parents, make them proud for all you have done. This time around, the 2007 state champion and now 15-0 Canfield Cardinals looked to get a win on Senior Night against the AAC 14-7 conference Rival Howland Tigers.
Last time these teams met, it was Canfield getting the two to nothing victory. This time, the Tigers wanted a piece of that revenge
Howland would be the first to step up to the plate, only to get struck out Landon Beidelchies put both senior Joshua McCleery and junior Ryan Hooper. Anthony Massucci then grounded to second with AJ Havrilla getting the out ending the top of the first.
Canfield would get two runs going in the bottom of the first as Havrilla grounded out with Gianni Gaetano stealing second and then advancing to third with Dom Magliocca scoring. On the next play, it was the pitcher Beidelchies getting the grounder sending Gaetano home making it three runs to nothing.
Canfield would score one more run in the game as Magliocca hit a sacrifice fly ball to Anthony Massucci with Chris Sammarone scoring.
Howland’s next time out, they looked to have a possibility to tie the game, but some late fielding power by the Cardinals kept them for the most part scoreless, only giving up two runs in the top of the third with was a Massucci single on a grounder with Gumino scoring and then the top of the sixth where Jared Mindel had a single to right field getting Massucci home.
The game would end off of a double play in the top of the seventh as Ryan Hooper lined the ball with Havrilla getting the out at second and first making the final 4 to 2.
Landon Beidelchies was the winning pitcher for the Canfield Cardinals, moving to 5 and 0. Beidelchies surrendered two runs on seven hits striking out nine Tigers. Jake Grdic was the closer recording the last five outs.
Austen Price took the loss for Howland going two and two on the season. He allowed six hits and four runs striking out four and walking none.
Canfield (16-0) will meet their AAC conference Rivals in Howland (14-8) at Howland for the last game of the series. Game will start right at 5pm on Thursday.
*contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien*