SOUTH WINDSOR, July 24 – There were two big plays in Avon’s loss to defending Northeast Regional champion RCP American Legion baseball team on Saturday.
The most visible one was the ejection of Avon catcher Jeremy Zarwanski and manager Donny Annicelle for the use of an illegal bat. But the play that resonated into Sunday’s elimination game against Tolland was Justin Olson’s single in the first inning.
Olson accidentally stepped on the foot of RCP first baseman Leo Thomas and rolled his ankle, injuring his left foot. Olson was able to finish the game at second base but he ran into trouble when he came into the game as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning. When he pitches, Olson lands on his left foot. RCP scored twice in the bottom of the eighth Saturday to beat Avon, 3-2.
It wasn’t much better on Sunday. Olson tried to pitch and had one good inning of work. But Tolland was able to get bats going and eliminated Avon, 10-0 in six innings in the Northern Division finals of the Connecticut American Legion state tournament at Rotary Field.Continue Reading