CANTON, May 13 – It may have been the final game between old rivals and the Falcons went out with a bang. Avon had 16 hits and six doubles in a 13-4 decision over Canton Wednesday afternoon at Bowdoin Field.
The two schools have been facing each other nearly every year since 1960. But with Avon’s departure from the North Central Connecticut Conference in a few weeks, the future of the series is uncertain. Both teams will have openings for non-league games on their future schedules but will there be room for each other? Only time will tell.
Wednesday’s game was actually a non-league contest. The Falcons prevailed in the NCCC game about three weeks ago with 11 hits in a 12-1 victory. On Wednesday, Avon’s hard hitting prevailed again as the Falcons scored four runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away.
Canton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Ben Sullivan singled, moved to second on a groundball out and scored on Ethan Burke’s RBI single to centerfield. Avon rebounded in the third to take the lead, 3-1. Justin Olsen doubled and moved to third on Sean DelGallo’s double. Olsen scored on a sacrifice fly and DelGallo scored on Jeremy Zarwanski’s RBI single. Zarwanski scored on a steal of home.
Canton (6-10) took the lead back with a three-run outburst of its own. Catcher Sam Beadle singled to centerfield with two outs and moved to second base on an infield single from Ethan Burke. Ryan Enns’ RBI single to centerfield cut the Avon lead to one run and the Warriors retook the lead, 4-3, on a two-out, two-run double to centerfield from Jake Schaetzel.
But Avon (11-4) was took strong with four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away. In the fourth nning, Avon took the lead for good on a three-run double by Ian McDonald. In the fifth inning, Olson had a two-RBI single, Steve Carrier had an RBI single and Bryant St. Jean stole home to score a run.
Olson got on base four times, scored four runs and had two RBI. Andrew LeDuc was 3-for-4 at the plate while DelGallo was 2-for-2. Pitcher Conner Harris picked up the win, allowing four runs over six innings. He struck out three, walked two and scattered nine hits. Avon has won eight of its last nine games with its only loss coming in a two-run decision at the hands of NCCC leader Stafford.
Burke and Enns were each 2-for-3 with one RBI for Canton, which needs to win two of its final four games to qualify for the Class S tournament. Canton travels to Coventry on Thursday and closes out the regular season with three games next week against Gilbert (May 18, home), Somers (May 19, home) and against Sport Medicine Science Academy at Colt Park in Hartford on May 21.
Avon 13, Canton 4
Avon (11-4) 003 440 2 — 13-16-0
Canton (6-10) 103 000 0 — 4-9-6
Conner Harris, Chris Jacobs (7) and Jeremy Zarwanski; Ethan Burke, Justin Mulchany (5) and Sam Beadle; WP: Harris; LP: Burke; 2B: Jake Schaetzel (C), Justin Olson (A), Ian McConald (A), Sean DelGallo (A), Andrew LeDuc (A), Matt Boone (A), Paul Giarratana (A)