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Avon earns berth in Section II title game

UNCASVILLE, July 25 – Evan Deckers and Max Kritikos each had home runs and the Avon Major Division baseball All-Star team (ages 11-12) had 13 hits in a 9-7 win over Waterford South on Monday night.

The win puts Avon (10-2, 3-2 Section II) into the Section II championship game against undefeated Glastonbury Americans (5-0) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Section II champion will play a best-of-3 series for the state championship and a berth in the Eastern Regionals in Bristol.

Avon took a 6-1 lead after three innings and added two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. Deckers had two hits, including a double while Kritikos also had a single. Jack Prete was 2-for-4 with a double and single. On the mound, Justin Olson went 4 2/3 innings for Avon , striking out eight and giving up four hits and two runs. Andrew Marshall and Sam Leopold finished up in relief.

Avon lost to Glastonbury American on Sunday, 6-5 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Avon was the only team not to lose to Glastonbury by the 10-run mercy rule.

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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