SOUTH WINDSOR, July 23 – The Avon American Legion baseball team isn’t afraid of a little adversity.
Post 201 played toe-to-toe with defending state champion and Northeast Regional champion RCP (Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Portland) in Saturday’s Northern Division tournament at Rotary Field in South Windsor.
Avon pitcher Connor Harris scattered seven hits over seven innings and held RCP to just one run, which came in on a balk. Avon’s cleanup hitter Jeremy Zarwanski and manager Donny Annicelle were ejected in the first inning after Zarwanski used an illegal bat (composite not wood). But Avon came right back, scoring a run on Andrew LeDuc’s single to right field to take a 1-0 lead.
Post 201 took the lead in the eighth inning on a RBI single from Will Thramann. But RCP didn’t wilt, winning the game with a RBI single to left field from Trevor Whalen to earn a 3-2 decision in eight innings.