AVON, July 12 – The American Legion baseball season really isn’t that long. It started about six weeks ago and 24 games later, the Avon American Legion baseball team is the Zone 1 champion for the third time in the last five seasons.
Post 201 closed out a successful 2017 regular season campaign with 12 hits in a 9-3 Zone 1 victory over Terryville at Buckingham Field on Wednesday night.
Avon finishes the season with a record of 19-5 under second-year coach Donny Annicelle. It’s the sixth time in the nine seasons since the program was reborn in 2009 that Avon has won at least 19 games in Zone 1 play.
As a zone champion, Avon gets the weekend off while the teams that finished second, third and fourth in their respective zones begin a single-elimination round in the Connecticut state tournament on Saturday. Eight teams will need to win two games to advance to play best-of-3 series with the eight respective zone champions beginning on Tuesday, July 18.
Terryville (4-19) led 2-1 after two innings before Avon blew the game open with its largest run scoring inning of the season with seven runs in the third inning. Jeremy Zarwanski and Miles Borenstein each had RBI singles while Sean Del Gallo had a two-RBI single. Joe Suski ripped a two-RBI double to left field for Post 201. Del Gallo closed out the inning but scoring on a passed ball.
Justin Olson was 3-for-3 for Avon while Del Gallo was 2-for-3. Zarwanski and Borenstein each drove in two runs in the game.
On the mound, Connor Harris improved to 7-0 on the season with the win. Harris pitched five innings, struck out eight and allowed six hits. Del Gallo pitched two innings of scoreless relief to close out the contest.
Post 201 resumes play on Tuesday in the state tournament.
Avon 9, Terryville 3
Terryville (4-19) 020 000 1 – 3-7-1
Avon (19-5) 107 100 x – 9-12-0
Jared Kahn, Dominic Zappone (3) and Collin Bambrick, Jake Torrence (3); Connor Harris, Sean Del Gallo (6) and Ryan Ollestad; WP: Harris (7-0); LP: Bambrick; 2B: Joe Suski (A); 3B: none; HR: none
Zone 1 standings
x-clinched Zone 1 championship
y-clinched state tournament berth