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Despite 20 hits, Avon splits first two contests

UNCASVILLE, July 22 – The Avon Major Division baseball (ages 11-12) All-Star team isn’t struggling to hit the ball. In the first two games of its Section II tournament, Avon has 10 hits in each of their games.

It wasn’t enough in its opener, a 6-5 loss to nearby Jewett City as the District 11 champions rallied from a three-run deficit and scored three runs in the fifth inning on a home run from Camden Edmond. Jewett City had just three hits in the game and two were home runs.

But Avon (8-1, 1-1 Section II) rebounded quickly with a solid 5-0 win over District 8 champion Tolland on Thursday with another 10-hit performance. Avon played some stellar defense to dominate Tolland and earn the shutout. Pitchers Kyle Emery and Andrew Marshall combined to pitch 5 2/3 innings and struck out eight.

Justin Olson led the way against Tolland with three hits, including a double. Ian McDonald had a home run and single while Chris Jacobs had a home run and a two-RBI double that gave Avon a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. Evan Deckers followed with an RBI triple for a 5-0 advantage.

Against Jewett City, Olson was 3-for-4 at the plate with a single, triple and home run. Emery added a single and a two-RBI home run in the fifth inning. Jack Prete had a two-RBI single in the first inning that gave Avon an early 3-0 lead. On the mound, Olsen struck out nine and allowed three hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Avon continues play with a game against District 9 champion Madison on Saturday, July 23 at 5 p.m. and another contest against District 7 champion Glastonbury American on Sunday at 5 p.m. Avon concludes pool play on Monday night at 7 p.m. against Waterford South. The top two teams in the six-team pool play for the sectional championship on Tuesday night.
Avon 5, Tolland 0
At Montville
Avon (1-1)      011  030 – 5-10
Tolland (0-2)  000  000 – 0-3
Kyle Emery, Andrew Marshall (4), Sam Leopold (6) and Evan Deckers, Ryan Nolan (4), Deckers (5); Gottier and Penney; 2B: Justin Olson (A), Chris Jacobs (A); 3B: Deckers (A); HR: Ian McDonald (A), Jacobs (A)

Jewett City 6, Avon 5
At Montville
Avon (0-1)    300  020 — 5-10
Jewett (1-0)  002  31x – 6-3

Justin Olson, Andrew Marshall (5) and Evan Deckers; Ryan Nolan (4), Deckers (5); Nicholosi and Murphy; 2B: Ian McDonald (A); 3B: Olson (A); HR: Olson (A), Kyle Emery (A), Edmond (J), Labose (J)

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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