Magic number for Avon Legion down to 4; Simsbury wins to remain in playoff hunt

AVON, July 7 – The doubleheader between the Avon American Legion baseball team and Winsted Post 43 on Friday was postponed due to rain. It will be played Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Buckingham Field.

The first game will be the end of the June 30 game between Avon and Winsted that is tied 0-0 after nine innings. Game two will be the regularly scheduled game.

Post 201 returns to the field on Sunday when they travel to Unionville (3-17) for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. at Tunxis Meade Park in Farmington.

Avon (15-3) saw their magic number for clinching their second straight Zone 1 championship sliced to four on Thursday night when Bristol beat Southington, 5-1. Southington (14-5) can finish 19-5 if they win their remaining five games. But if Avon finishes tied with Southington, they will win the Zone 1 title because they won the season series between the two teams, 2-1.

Simsbury (11-9) kept their slim hopes alive for earning an Zone 1 playoff berth with their third straight win on Friday with a 5-2 win over Bristol at Muzzy Field. Jake Nichols allowed five hits and struck out seven for Post 84. Nate Orluk had a key two-run double in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.

On Thursday, Canton’s Peter Myers went the distance and struck out 12 in a 4-2 win over Unionville. Myers allowed five hits and one earned run.

Simsbury needs to win their final four games and hopes that Winsted (12-6) goes 2-4 in their final six games. If Simsbury and Winsted finish tied, Post 43 gets the advantage and the playoff berth because Winsted has won two of the three games between the two teams this year.

Simsbury has a doubleheader at Terryville on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a game on Monday against Torrington at Memorial Field. Post 84 closes out the regular season with a game against Winsted at Walker Field on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Only the top four teams in Zone 1 qualify for the state tournament. Avon clinched a berth in the state tournament for the ninth straight year with their win over Torrington on Thursday.

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