Tigers rally past Canton, move to 3-1 in district

Senior Riley Ramsey helped Wills Point improve to 3-1 overall in District 14-4A play, allowing just two earned runs in six innings of work March 25.

So far this season, the margin between victory and defeat has been razor thin in the majority of District 14-4A baseball games. That trend continued to hold true for the game between Wills Point and Canton March 25, with the former scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a thrilling 5-4 victory over the latter.

Canton got on the scoreboard first against the Tigers, loading the bases in the top of the second before Johnnie Krawietz delivered an RBI single for a 1-0 Eagle lead.

The Eagles got two quick outs on Wills Point in the bottom of the second, but back-to-back singles coupled with a Canton fielding error knotted the score at 1-1.

Canton nosed back in front in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of two Wills Point fielding errors to re-establish a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless bottom of the third innings, Canton put together its third consecutive one run inning with a Kyle Farrell sacrifice fly that scored Bryce Branson in the top of the fourth.

The Eagles tacked on another run to their lead in the top of the fifth, getting a leadoff triple from Zach Brown and an RBI single from Cade Shaw to establish a 4-1 lead over the Tigers.

The tide began to slowly turn towards Wills Point’s favor in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the home team manufactured a run on a single, sacrifice, ground out and steal of home by Bryan Mitchell to cut the deficit in half, 4-2.

Wills Point got three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 5-4 lead that they would hold for the rest of the night. The inning began with a Caden Bennett single, followed by a fielding error that allowed Hosea Carroll to reach first base safely.

After an attempted sacrifice, the Tigers scored a run on a groundball to third base. Wills Point added two more runs on a single to right by Riley Ramsey to take the lead and close out the scoring for the night.

Hunter Moore got the start and the loss for the Eagles, allowing five runs (just two earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work. Moore allowed seven hits while striking out seven Tiger batters.

Steven Stirling worked 1/3 inning of relief, not allowing a run, hit or walk.

Leading Hitters for Canton included Zach Brown going 2/4 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored, Cade Shaw going 2/3 with an RBI and a run scored, Johnnie Krawietz going 1/2 with an RBI, Bryce Branson going 1/3 with a run scored and Blayne Clower going 1/2. 

Canton is scheduled to continue district play with a game in Van April 1, and a home date against Emory Rains April 5. After enjoying their open date April 8, the Eagles will return to the field for another home game against Wills Point April 12.

Riley Ramsey picked up the win against Canton, surrendering just two earned runs in six innings of work. Ramsey also helped his own cause offensively, going 3/3 with an RBI.

Kolton Adams worked an inning of relief, striking out two Eagle batters.

Other leading hitters for the Tigers included Charles Smith going 1/3 with a run scored, Caden Bennett going 1/3 with a stolen base and a run scored, Logan Morris going 1/3, Jarred Sanford going 1/4.

Wills Point is scheduled to tackle back-to-back-to-back road games with trips to take on Brownsboro April 1, Community April 2 and Van April 5. The next Tiger home game will be April 8 against Emory Rains.