Due to darkness, Avon and Winsted game suspended; tied at 0-0 going into 10th

WINSTED, June 29 – For the second time in less than a week, the Avon American Legion baseball team went into extra innings without scoring a run.

On Tuesday night, Avon had just three hits in a 1-0 loss to Bristol in 11 innings. On Thursday night, Post 201 played nine innings of scoreless baseball against Winsted before the game at Walker Field was called due to darkness, tied at 0-0.

There are no lights at Walker Field. The game will be continued at a later date in the 10th inning. Winsted does come to Avon for a game on Friday, July 7, at Buckingham Park.

Avon (12-2) had just two hits in the first innings against Winsted (10-5). Pitcher Ryan Sholtis fanned 12 Avon batters in seven innings of work.

Avon starting pitcher Kyle Emery didn’t give up a run in five innings of work but pitched out a jam. In the fourth inning, Emery walked three consecutive batters with two outs to load the bases. But Emery got Winsted’s Connor Toffey to line out to shortstop Chris Jacobs to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Emery gave up his fifth walk to the first Winsted hitter of the inning – Jayson Reola. But Avon coach Donny Annicelle brought in reliever Justin Olson, who struck out the side.

Winsted threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning. Mike Oley singled with one out to left field. On Toffey’s single to center field, Oley advanced to third base. But Olson got Cameron Wilheim to strike out and Tony Pacino grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.

Avon had a chance in the top of the seventh inning. Adam Theriault had a one-out double to left field and moved to third bases on a wild pitch. But Jacobs struck out and Ryan Ollestad was called out when catcher Chris Closson caught a foul tip to end the inning.

Through nine innings, Theriault and Ollestad are the only Avon players with his. Pacino has two of Winsted’s four innings after nine innings.

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