AVON, April 18 – The Avon High baseball team trailed Farmington by four runs with six outs remaining Saturday afternoon at Buckingham Field. But they Falcons didn’t wilt or go through the motions.
They kept swinging and scored five runs in the sixth inning – four with two outs – to rally and beat Farmington on an outstanding afternoon for baseball. Chris Jacobs and Andrew LeDuc each had two-RBI singles to lift their third win in four games. Two of the three wins have been one-run victories.
“These kids never give up,” Avon’s first-year head coach Jonathan Yolles said. “I’ve been here for a quite a while and I haven’t seen this before. They didn’t get down on themselves.” Yolles was an assistant coach for eight years here at Avon before moving up to the head coaching position when long-time coach Marty deLivron retired last spring after 38 years.
This is a young team, too. There were two seniors in Saturday’s starting lineup – second baseman Bryant St. Jean and centerfielder Steve Carrier. There were three juniors, three sophomore and two freshmen in the lineup, including the designated hitter.
“We want to get the young kids some at-bats and game experience,” Yolle said.
Youngsters helped Avon rally. Trailing by four runs, 5-1, Olson, a sophomore, led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk. He stole second on the first pitch. After a strikeout, Carrier and sophomore catcher Jeremy Zarwanski coaxed walks to load the bases with one out.
Junior third baseman Ian McDonald grounded out to the first baseman for the second out as Olson scored from third to cut the lead to 5-2.
Sophomore shortstop Chris Jacobs ripped a two-RBI single to left field to cut the lead to one, 5-4. Freshman left fielder Ryan Ollstead singled between first and second base to put two runners on base. And then, LeDuc, a junior rightfielder, belted a two-RBI single down the first base line to give Avon the lead for the first time.
In the seventh, sophomore reliever Kyle Emery got two outs before Jeffrey Crook singled to right field. Olson struck out Farmington’s Noah Gulino to end the game.
Avon’s pitching staff is young, too. Freshman Will Boone went five innings and scattered seven hits. He gave up four runs and struck out two. Emery came on in the sixth and he allowed a run to allow Farmington to extend the lead to 5-1. But with runners on second and third base, he struck out pinch hitter Brandon Loehle to keep Avon in the game.
Farmington had 11 hits including two each from Derek Fern, Mike Webber and Joe Webber. The Indians (2-2, 2-1 CCC) did strand seven runners. Carrier had a double for the Falcons (3-1, 2-1 NCCC).
This was Avon’s fourth game of the week. The Falcons beat Granby on Monday, 3-2 with Zarwanski getting a two-RBI single in the first inning and a RBI in third inning. On Tuesday, Avon outlasted Ellington, 3-2 with a two-RBI single from Boone and a RBI single from Jacobs. On Thursday, Avon committed three errors in a 5-2 loss to Somers. Del Gallo was 4-for-4 in the game while LeDuc was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double. Avon had 11 hits and stranded 11 runners.
Avon 6, Farmington 5
Farmington (2-2) 100 301 0 – 5-11-2
Avon (3-1) 100 005 x — 6-5-1
Elija Sidekick, Palis (6) and Dan Alfano (6) and J. Nadel; Will Boone, Kyle Emery (6) and Justin Olson (7) and Jeremy Narwanski; WP: Emery (1-0); LP: Alfano; 2B: Steve Carrier (A); Dan Alfano (F), Derek Fern (F), Joe Nadel (F), Mike Webber (F)