ELLINGTON, May 14 – The Avon High baseball squandered a three-run lead in the sixth inning and fell to Ellington, 6-4 on Thursday. The Falcons gave up four walks in the pivotal sixth inning as the host Purple Knights scored five runs to move in front to stay.
Avon, which received two hits each from Ian McDonald and Andrew LeDuc, saw their five-game winning streak snapped. The Falcons (11-15, 9-5 NCCC) had won seven of their previous eight games.
Avon led 4-1 before the sixth inning. But Avon pitchers Justin Olson and Sean DelGallo walked four of the first five batters, driving in two runs. Ellington’s Jay Skorluski had a two-run single to put the Purple Knights in front for the first time, 5-4. An insurance run came in on a fielder’s choice by Shane McGowan.
Olson took the loss but was sharp for most of his outing. He allowed just four hits and fanned six. But he gave up a leadoff walk in the sixth and DelGallo gave up three.
Avon extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning. With two outs and leading 1-0, McDonald singled and Will Boone reached on an error to keep the inning alive. Alex Zacchio ripped a two-RBI triple to right field and LeDuc followed with a RBI single to left field for a 4-0 advantage.
McDonald finished with a single and a double for the Falcons while Steve Carrier doubled. McGowan had a double for Ellington, which improves to 9-7 overall and 8-6 in the NCCC.
Ellington 6, Avon 4
Avon (11-5) 100 300 0 — 4-8-1
Ellington (9-7) 000 105 x — 6-5-1
Justin Olson, Sean DelGallo (6), Will Boone (6) and Jeremy Zarwinski; Jay Skorluski and Derek Litty; WP: Skorluski; LP: DelGallo; 2B: Shane McGowau (E), Steve Carrier (A), Ian McDonald (A); 3B: Alex Zacchio (A)
Coventry 10, Canton 2
COVENTRY, May 14 – Two days after handing Stafford its first loss of the season, the Coventry High baseball team continued their winning ways with a 10-2 victory over the Warriors. It was the sixth straight win for the Patriots, now 11-4 and 10-4 in the NCCC.
Canton, which lost its fifth straight game, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Pitcher Kevin Gurry singled and scored on James Treacy’s RBI double.
The Patriots pulled ahead in the fourth inning, sparked by a RBI triple from Luke Terrance and a RBI double from Dan Lawrence. Bruce Smith added a RBI triple in the sixth inning.
Canton (6-11, 5-10 NCCC) needs to win two of their final three games to qualify for the Class S tournament. Canton closes out the regular season with three games next week against Gilbert (Monday, home), Somers (14-2, Tuesday, home) and against Sport Medicine Science Academy (7-9) at Colt Park in Hartford on Thursday, May 21.