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Roundup: Red-hot Stolzenberg leads undefeated baseball team

Avon roundup, week 2: April 11-18
AVON, April 18 — The weather is warming up with the arrival of spring. Avon’s T.J. Stolzenberg is already red-hot. Stolzenberg have seven hits in two days with two home runs, two triples and eight RBI as the Avon High baseball team remained undefeated (5-0, 2-0 NCCC) with three victories last week.

Stolzenberg had a home run, triple and four RBI as the Falcons outslugged Granby, 21-18. In an 8-0 win over rival Canton, Stolzenberg was 4-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBI. David Lavoie earned the win against the Warriors, scattering eight hits.

Earlier in the week, pitcher David Wyrick had three hits and two RBI in a 9-2 victory over Suffield. Brandon Telfer pitched six strong innings to get the victory.

SOFTBALL: Hits and runs were hard to come by for the Falcons. In three games last week, the Falcons scored two runs and had three hits and picked up three defeats. Suffield had 16 hits in a 18-1 victory in five innings and Canton had 17 hits in a 17-0 win, also in five innings. Granby also beat the Falcons, 5-1.

Avon will have to improve its defense. The Falcons made 17 errors in three games.

BOYS LACROSSE: Avon (2-2, 1-1 NCCC) couldn’t catch Conard in a 10-6 loss on Saturday at Buckingham Field.  The Falcons did pick up their second win with a 12-9 win over Somers on Thursday as Connor Manning scored four goals and Terrence Olsen added six assists. Granby handed Avon its first loss of the season on Tuesday with a 10-3 decision. Chris Carlson had a game-high three goals in Avon’s 11-4 win over Farmington to open the season. The Falcons held Farmington scoreless in the second half.

GIRLS LACROSSE: After a season-opening loss to Glastonbury, Avon (2-1, 2-0 NCCC) easily rolled to a pair of league victories over Granby (13-2) and Somers (19-4). J.J. Gower had four goals in the win over Granby while Lindsay Horbatuck had three goals and four assists in the win over Somers.

TRACK: Avon’s first meet was postponed because the Falcons were on school vacation. Last week’s meet with Coventry and Stafford was postponed because they were on school vacation. This week, Avon will finally open the season with a tri-meet at East Windsor against the Panthers and Canton. The Canton boys are 4-0.

TENNIS: The defending NCCC champion Avon girls tennis team improved to 5-0 with dominant wins over Tolland (7-0), Canton (6-1) and Suffield (7-0). The Avon High boys team improved to 3-0 with wins over Windsor Locks (7-0), Suffield (6-1) and Canton (7-0).

GOLF: The Avon High boys team won its season-opening match with a 165-170 win over Canton at Blue Fox. The Falcon girls dropped a pair of difficult matches, losing to Canton, 212-221 and Simsbury, 196-212.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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