The bats were busy, and when the dust cleared, the Howland Tigers had a 9-8 win over Canfield in seven innings on Monday. There were 22 hits, including four extra base hits in the game. The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to seven lead changes in the game. The Tigers finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning. A sacrifice fly by Ray Hill scored Joey Shver and gave the Howland Tigers the lead for good.
Joey Shver recorded the win for the Tigers, and they were sparked by Kurtis Kuszmaul and Ryan Fleming, who teamed up for six hits and four RBIs. The bottom of the first saw Howland take an early lead, 4-0. A single by Kuszmaul, plating John-Mark Weisman started the inning off. The Tigers added more runs when Ruberto and Kuszmaul scored on a two-run single by Fleming and Froats scored on an RBI double by Shver. The Tigers scored one run in the second inning, and then followed it up with one more in the third. In the second, Howland scored on a passed ball, scoring Kuszmaul.
Canfield got one-run rallies in the fourth inning and the fifth. In the fourth, Canfield scored on a passed ball, bringing home Pilolli.
A key sixth-inning rally gave the Howland the lead for good. Howland tacked on a total of three runs on a two-run single by Kyle Watson.
Courtesy: Howland Baseball