The Canton Little Giants scored five runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning and led the rest of the way in defeating the Farmington Farmers 12-5 at Bob Ems Field on Friday.

The Canton Little Giants scored five runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning and led the rest of the way in defeating the Farmington Farmers 12-5 at Bob Ems Field on Friday.


Canton improves to 10-6 while the Farmers fall to 6-8.


Both teams hit the ball well as the Little Giants banged out 13 hits while the Farmers finished with 11 hits. However, many of Canton’s hits came in a timely manner while the Farmington batters missed numerous opportunities to drive in runs.


The Farmers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third off of Canton’s Dalton Crumley (2-0). With one out, Blake Mattson was was replaced on base by courtesy runner Ethan Kenney, who was balked to second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Nick Johnson.


The Little Giants didn’t trail long as coach Mike Walters’ team went to work in the bottom of the inning off of Farmington starter Isaiah Humphrey. Clay Schroeder began the inning with a single, being replaced on base by Ethan Magnuson. Then with one out, Crumley reached on an infield single. Drake Strode followed in an RBI-single that tied the game.


Canton’s inning continued as Clint Wells was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Luke Randall delivered the big hit in the inning as his triple cleared the bases. Landon Cummins added a single for an RBI, giving the Little Giants their 5-1 lead.


The hosts scored two more runs in the fourth inning. Magnuson reached on an error, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Later, Strode singled before scoring on a single by Wells.
The Little Giants made it a 9-1 game with two more runs in the fifth inning. Devin Downs’ single accounted for the second run after Cummins had scored the first run on a Farmington error.


Avery Dean took over the mound chores for the Little Giants in the sixth and got himself in immediate trouble with a walk, a single by Eric Higgs, and another walk. The Farmers then got a run when Cade Lansford was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Farmington’s second run came on a Canton error.


The eventual winners got those two runs back and one more in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Ketcham singled home both Zach Shubert and Cummins. Eli Postin contributed an RBI-single for Canton’s final run.


Farmington completed its scoring in the seventh inning when Higgs singled in Johnson, who had led off the inning with a single of his own.


Crumley got the win, allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out six. Dean allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in two innings.


Humphrey surrendered all 12 of Canton’s runs on 13 hits in six innings.


“We started off slow then got the hits,” said Canton’s Walters. “I thought Dalton pitched a good game and the kids ran the bases well.”


Cummins had three of Canton’s hits. Strode and Ketcham had two hits apiece. Crumley, Wells, Randall, Postin, Schroeder, and Downs chipped in with one hit apiece. Randall drove in three runs. Ketcham supplied two RBIs. Strode, Wells, Cummins, Postin, and Downs had one RBI apiece.


Higgs had four of Farmington’s hits. Tanner Crowe and Johnson finished with two hits apiece.


Lansford, Mattson and Jarod DePriest finished with one hit apiece. Lansford, Johnson, Higgs, and Dylan Hayden drove in one run apiece.