The River Rats continue to put runs on the board but pitching and defense have been challenges so far in this young season. Huron lost a twin bill on Saturday to Canton, dropping the first game 10-5 and the second game 11-5.
In the opener, the two teams traded big first innings. Canton scored five in the first and Huron answered with three in the bottom of the frame. The Chiefs scored two in the second to take a 7-3 lead. Each team scored twice in the fourth and Canton added a final run in the seventh.
Canton had 17 hits in the game to Huron’s seven.
Taha Ebrahim (two RBI) and Hayden Glover each had doubles and Alex Cole had a triple and a walk.
Joe Wade went 3.1 innings and took the loss for the River Rats. He allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits but struck out five. Ian Barritt (3.2 innings, six hits, one run) and Kade Cupp also pitched.
In the second game, Huron tied the game with a four-run third inning but Canton scored seven more runs over the next three innings to put the game away. Again, Canton had 17 hits to Huron’s seven.
Kade Cupp, Davis Malmer and Jake Bernstein all had two hits for the River Rats. Alex Cole had the other hit.
Matthew Wyderko started and allowed three earned runs and six hits in 2 innings. Malmer allowed three earned runs on five hits in 3 innings and Richard Hurly pitched the final two innings (four earned runs on six hits).
The River Rats play at Skyline on Monday in a DH.