Canton, Hammond Split Opening Softball Twinbill
CANTON - Canton and Hammond split in a nonleague doubleheader which opened the NAC Softball season on Tuesday.
The host Bears won the opening game 8-2 behind a 13-strikeout two-hitter by Emily Wentworth and Hammond took the nightcap 7-6 behind Sydney Tanner who hurled both games of the twinbill for the Red Devils.
Canton 8 - Hammond 2: Emily Wentworth struck out 13 in a two-hitter and also sparked the Bears' offense by drilling a double and two singles and scoring two runs. Brooke Larabee doubled and singled and Hadley Alguire ripped a triple and scored two runs. Lexi Huiatt singled twice and scored twice, Alyssa Jacobs singled twice and Natalie Warner and Cate DeCoteau added singles.
Zoey Cunningham and Alyvia Crosby singled for Hammond.
Hammond 7 - Canton 6: Zoey Cunningham and Alyvia Crosby both tripled in the first inning for Hammond which tallied the winning run in the fifth inning when Crosby drew a walk and came around to score on a single by Hannah Belknap. Winning pitcher Sydney Tanner, Avery Kenyon and Brooklyn Arquitt also singled for the Red Devils.
Emily Wentworth and Canton starter Hadley Alguire doubled and singled for Canton and Lexi Huiatt and Natalie Warner singled twice. Sydnee Francis added a single.
Canton will face Heuvelton and Hermon-DeKalb in two other doubleheaders on Thursday and while Hammond faces Thousand Islanders on Thursday.