FARMINGTON, July 9 – The Avon American Legion baseball ripped 30 hits in a doubleheader with Unionville Sunday to sweep a pair of games from Post 20 and move within one victory of clinching their second straight Zone 1 championship.
Avon (17-3) had a season-high 17 hits in a 13-1 win over Unionville in the opening contest at Tunxis Meade Park. In the nightcap, Post 201 scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open a tie ballgame and earn a 10-5 decision.
Avon needs just one victory in its remaining four games to bring home the Zone 1 championship for the third time since the franchise was resurrected in 2009 and earn a bye in the double-elimination portion of the upcoming Connecticut American Legion state tournament.
Avon has a doubleheader with Winsted on Monday night at Buckingham Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. The first game will be the conclusion of a game called due to darkness on June 29. Avon and Winsted played nine innings of scoreless baseball before the game was suspended at Walker Field. Game two will begin at the conclusion of the first contest.
Avon took command from the start in the opener, scoring five runs in the first two innings and led 9-1 after four innings. Miles Borenstein was 4-for-4 with three RBI and a double to lead Post 201 while Will Thramann was 3-for-5 with one RBI. Justin Olson was also 3-for-5 at the plate. Sean Del Gallo was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Kyle Zarwanski had two hits and one RBI.
Pitcher Chris Jacobs (6-0) allowed three hits in nearly four innings of work to pick up his sixth win of the season. Jake Coppen and Borenstein pitched well in relief.
The second game was more competitive despite Avon racing out to a 5-0 lead. Jeremy Zarwanski had a two-RBI single to center field in the third inning while Brady Williamson had a RBI single.
Unionville (3-19) cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the third inning on a two-RBI double from Joe Nadel. Post 20. They tied the game in the fifth on a two-out, two-RBI single from Matt Bagley and a RBI single from Jordan Kaminski.
Avon pulled away in the top of the seventh inning. Adam Theriault led off the inning with a single to right field and Ryan Ollestad beat out an infield single. Both men moved up a base thanks to a sacrifice from Jacobs and then scored on a two-RBI single from Williamson for a 7-5 lead.
After Joe Sushi was hit by a pitch, Del Gallo followed with a RBI single for a 8-5 lead. Thramann had a RBI single and Jeremy Zarwanski drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for a 10-5 lead.
Reliever Connor Harris (5-0) put down the Unionville side in order to close out two innings of relief and earn his fifth win of the season – his second in relief.
Del Gallo led Avon by going 4-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Williamson was 3-for-4 with three singles and four RBI. Ollestad was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Jeremy Zarwanski drove in three runs.
In the final week of the regular season, Avon hosts Winsted for a doubleheader on Monday, hosts Bristol at Buckingham on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and closes out the Zone 1 season by hosting Terryville at Buckingham Park at 5:30 p.m.
NOTES: Simsbury (12-10) needs plenty of help to earn a spot in the state tournament. Post 84 split a doubleheader with Terryville, dropping the opener, 3-1 and winning the second game, 4-1 to remain alive. Post 84 needs to win their final two games against Torrington on Monday and against Winsted on Tuesday and hope that Winsted (13-7) loses their four remaining games. The top four teams in Zone 1 earn spots in the state tournament. … Avon’s 13 runs against Unionville was the most they’ve scored against Post 20 since the Avon team was reborn in 2009 and the 12-run margin of victory was the largest for Avon.
Avon 13, Unionville 1
Avon (16-3) 140 401 3 – 13-17-0
Unionville (3-18) 001 000 0 – 1-9-5
Chris Jacobs, Jake Coppen (4), Miles Borenstein (7) and Jeremy Zarwanski; Brendan Walsh, Williams Collins (7) and Joe Nadel; WP: Jacobs (6-0); LP: Walsh; 2B: Miles Borenstein (A), Dante Colagiovanni (U)
Avon 10, Unionville 5
Avon (17-3) 014 000 5 — 10-13-1
Unionville (3-19) 002 030 0 – 5-10-3
Kyle Emery, Connor Harris (6) and Ryan Ollstad; Matt Bagley, William Collins (5) and Joe Nadel; WP: Harris (5-0); 2B: Sean Del Gallo (A), Matt Bagley (U), Alexander Sowinski (U)