AVON, May 10 – The Central Connecticut Conference isn’t the ideal environment for a young high school softball team to gain some experience. It’s a tough place to play.
The Avon High girls softball team has already faced two teams ranked in the top 10 of the state coaches poll and has played squads from much larger schools such as Conard, Bristol Eastern and New Britain.
“It’s been very difficult,” Avon’s first-year coach Bruce Michaels said after Wednesday’s 13-12 loss to Weaver in eight innings at Fisher Meadow. “The girls are great kids and they try hard. But it’s difficult to compete in (the CCC).
“We’re tending to hit the ball right at people and we’re not making the right plays at the right time,” he said.
The Falcons had a season-high 13 hits against Weaver and had a season-high 12 runs but the Beavers scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to win their first game of the season.
“We have a young team. We tend to lose our concentration at times,” Michaels said.
Avon (0-9) doesn’t have a senior on the roster. There are just five juniors. The Falcons have seven sophomores and five freshmen on the varsity team. That’s a tough recipe for success in high school – especially in the competitive CCC.
Throughout the season, every player has had a game in which they have shined. But it hasn’t been enough to earn a win – yet. The Falcons have lost 11 straight since they beat East Catholic, 10-7 late in the season last May.
“We’re building on the positive things we do and not focus so much on the negative things,” Michaels said.
Junior centerfielder Bre Braun had the first home run of the season for the Falcons in the second inning. Freshman shortstop Kendra Hards had an outstanding afternoon, going 5-for-5 at the plate with a double.
Freshman first baseman Sarah Jacobs and freshman pitcher Sophia Aguilar each had three hits for Avon with Aguilar hitting a double. Junior Emma Brown had a single and a triple. Aguilar went the distance on the mound for Avon and took the loss.
Weaver 13, Avon 12 (8)
Weaver (1-9) 500 050 01 – 13-16
Avon (0-9) 333 110 10 – 12-13
Washington and Gary; Sophia Aguilar and Kim Washington; WP: Washington; LP: Aguilar; 2B: Hards (A), Aquilar (A); 3B: Jill Haworth (A), Emma Brown (A); HR: Bre Braun (A)