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Seven Avon players, five Simsbury players selected to play in Legion All-Star games

Avon second baseman Connor Dunn (1) takes the throw as Southington's Mike Rogalski (12) goes to steal second base.

Avon second baseman Connor Dunn (1) is one of seven Avon players selected to play on three Zone 1 American Legion All-Star teams.

AVON, July 31 – Seven players in the Avon American Legion baseball program have been selected by Zone 1 coaches to participate their respective All-Star games.

Ben Suski, Connor Dunn and Matt Williamson were selected to represent Post 201 in the Senior Legion (ages 17-19) All-Star game. The Zone 1 All-Stars will face the Zone 8 All-Stars on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Field in Simsbury.

Sean DelGallo and Justin Olson were selected to play in the Senior Legion Futures All-Star game on Tuesday night, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Tunxis Meade Park in Farmington.

Avon’s Kyle Emery and Will Thramann were selected to play on the Zone 1 team in the Junior Legion (ages 15-17) All-Star game against Zone 8 on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Park in Windsor Locks.

Pitcher Chris Enns

Pitcher Chris Enns

Five players from Zone 1 champion Simsbury were named to the Senior Legion squad including Canton pitcher Chris Enns and first baseman/catcher Jake Wood. Also named to the team from Post 84 was centerfielder Jake King, shortstop Jack Lavigne and catcher Mike Amato.

Simsbury’s Jake Nichols and Peter Myers were named to the Future All-Star squad. Myers and Wood won’t play due to nagging injuries. Wood injured his hamstring in a 5-4 loss to RCP in the state tournament. Myers had back spasms and didn’t make it out of the second inning of Simsbury’s 5-2 loss earlier this week to RCP in the state tournament.

Suski played primarily at shortstop for Avon this summer, hitting .247 with nine RBI and three stolen bases. Dunn was a pitcher for Post 201, leading the team in innings pitched (39), strikeouts (24) and saves (3). He had a 1.78 ERA. Williamson spent most of his time in centerfield for Avon (13-12), hitting .348 with 10 RBI and three stolen bases.

Enns went 5-0 for Simsbury (25-5) this summer, including a no decision in his final appearance for Post 84 in the 5-4 loss to RCP in 11 innings. Enns pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits. Wood had a strong season at first base, catcher and DH before getting hurt. Lavigne was named to the All-Tournament team and led the tournament in hitting with a .467 average.

DelGallo and Olson will represent Avon in the Futures All-Star game. DelGallo played primarily at first base for Post 201, hitting .260 with eight RBI and a team-high eight stolen bases. He also pitched.

Olson was a versatile player for Avon seeing time in the mound, at second base, third base and shortstop. Olson led the team in hitting (.345) with a .450 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases. On the mound, he led the Avon staff with four wins, 20 strikeouts and a team-leading 1.30 ERA.

Emery and Thramann will represent Avon in the Junior Legion (ages 16-17) All-Star game. Avon finished fourth in Zone 1/7 with a 12-12 record in Junior Legion play. Avon dropped its state tournament opener to Southington, 11-2, beat Middletown Red, 7-2 but was eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Cheshire.

Emery was an outfielder and pitcher with Avon but also played first and third base. He led the junior team with a .340 average, 32 hits and 18 RBI. On the mound, he had a team-high 42 innings pitched, 34 strikeouts and a ERA of 2.48. He did play in some Senior Legion games, too, chipping in as a pitcher.

Thramann played second base, shortstop and pitcher for the Avon junior squad. He hit .312 with a team-leading .636 on-base percentage. He led the team with 25 walks and scored 16 runs. He did play some second base in Senior Legion contests for Post 201.

Zone 1 Senior Legion All-Stars
Bristol – Troy Micale (P/SS), Jerry LaPenta (P/OF), Kyle Pileski (CF), Jake Hall (1B); Unionville – Bailey Meccarillo (OF/P), Jack Roy (3B/Utility), Ethan Finn (P); Terryville – Jake Wright (1B), Taylor D’Onofrio (P/3B), Kyle Skidmore (3B/P); Torrington – Shane Bierfeldt (OF/P); Simsbury – Jake King (CF), Jack Lavigne (SS), Chris Enns (P), Jake Wood (1B/C); Mike Amato (C/utility); Avon – Ben Suski (1B/SS/P), Connor Dunn (P), Matt Williamson (OF); Wolcott – J.J. Harkin (2B/P), Toivon Maia (CF/P), Tyler Fernandes (1B)
Coaching staff: Simsbury

Zone 1 Senior Future All-Stars
Southington – John Mikosz (SS); Avon – Sean DelGallo (1B), Justin Olson (P/Inf); Simsbury – Jake Nichols (OF/P); Peter Myers (P/OF); Bristol – Brad Burney (P/OF), Nick Sassu (C), Jaeden Rasmus (P/Inf); Torrington – Jason Vinisko (P/Ult), John Swanson (C/OF); Unionville – Joe Nadel (C/OF), Brandon Loehle (OF), Brendan Walsh (1B/P), Brandon Quigley (utility); Terryville – Connor Levins (2B), Doug Throne (P), John Grimes (1B), Shawn Fulton (SS); Wolcott – Jake Gabriel (OF); Winsted – Lukas Gryniuk (C/1B)
Coaching staff: Unionville

2015 Connecticut American Legion baseball tournament results

 

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.

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