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Amateur baseball roundup: Canova scores all eight runs in the eighth to stun Angels

CANOVA--In a matchup of traditional Class B amateur baseball powers, Canova waited until the final moment before making its move on Alexandria in Sunshine League play on Thursday.

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CANOVA-In a matchup of traditional Class B amateur baseball powers, Canova waited until the final moment before making its move on Alexandria in Sunshine League play on Thursday.

The Gang fell behind 7-0, but scored all eight of their runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to score an 8-7 win.

The Angels surrendered six hits all game, but the pitching staff couldn't finish the game, as Alexandria allowed four walks, four hits and hit three batters in the eighth inning. Justin Miller scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk.

Peyton Smith started the scoring for Alexandria with a lead-off home run, while Tyson Gau hit a three-run blast in the third to give Alexandria a 4-0 lead. Smith and Gau both finished with three RBIs apiece.

Ethan Davis pitched seven strong innings without allowing a run on two hits and striking out 11 for the Angels.

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Kendall Gassman earned the win on the mound for Canova after pitching one scoreless inning. The Gang used seven pitchers that gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and recorded eight strikeouts.

Canova (1-0) travels to Lennox on Sunday, while Alexandria (1-1) plays Winner/Colome on Sunday in Winner.

Menno 5, Parkston 4

MENNO-After falling behind early, Parkston clawed all the way back to tie the game, only for Dylan Lehr to hit an RBI ground ball for the eventual game-winning run for Menno on Thursday in amateur baseball action.

The Mad Frogs jumped out to an early lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Macon Oplinger and a two-run double by Adam Walter. The Mudcats rallied to tie the game in the ensuing inning on RBI singles by Pat Harris and Jake Weber, before briefly taking a 4-3 lead on a Matt Malloy RBI single in the sixth.

Oplinger also drove in the game-tying run in the seventh on a single to left, before Menno finally took the lead for good.

Parkston moved a runner to third with two outs in the ninth, but Jacob Hertz forced a pop fly to end the game.

Parkston (1-1) travels to Wagner on Sunday, while Menno plays at Wynot, Nebraska on Sunday.

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