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Slow start dooms Avon in loss; South Windsor rallies to beat Simsbury in nine

Avon’s Ryan Ollestad had a home run in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Glastonbury

AVON, April 14 – The Avon High baseball team gave up six runs and eight hits in the first 2 1/3 innings and dropped a 6-3 CCC West decision to Glastonbury on Saturday afternoon Buckingham Field.

The visiting Tomahawks (3-1, 1-0 CCC West Patriot) were led by Andrew Botelho, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI and Ryan Molinari, who was 4-for-4 with one RBI. Glastonbury finished the game with 12 hits.

Glastonbury pitcher Angelo Dombek came with one out of a complete game. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up just four hits and striking out 11 Avon batters. He walked four.

Avon (1-3, 0-1 CCC West Patriot) was led by Blaine Engle, who was 2-for-3 and Ryan Ollestad, who had hit his first home run of the season. Miles Borenstein also had a single and one RBI. The Falcons did steal five bases led by Borenstein with two.

The Falcons have a few days off before returning to action on Thursday, April 19, when they travel to undefeated Granby (4-0) for a non-conference game beginning at 3:45 p.m. It will be the first of two straight games for Avon, which travels to face Northwest Catholic (1-3) on Friday.

Glastonbury 6, Avon 3
At Avon
Glastonbury (3-1)            141  000  0 – 6-12-1
Avon (1-3)                           000  110  1 – 3-4-3
Angelo Dombek, Michael Freeney (7) and unknown; Daniel Bae, Blaise Engle (3), Will Boone (6) and Ryan Ollestad; WP: Dombek; LP: Bae (0-1); 2B: Noah Diamond (G), Luke Stephens (G); HR: Ryan Ollestad (A)


South Windsor 5, Simsbury 4 (9)
SOUTH WINDSOR, April 14 – A two-out single from South Windsor James Tamburro in the bottom of the seventh forced extra innings and a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted South Windsor past Simsbury, 5-4 on Saturday in a Central Connecticut Conference contest.

Simsbury (1-3) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 4-3 lead but the undefeated Bobcats (4-0) rallied. With two outs, South Windsor’s Will Novak doubled and scored on Tamburro’s single to right field.

In the ninth inning, back-to-back singles from Hunter Pasqualini and Novak along with a Simsbury error allowed the winning run to score.

In the top of the seventh inning, Simsbury’s Jack Donofrio ripped a two-RBI triple to right field to tie the game at 3-3. Simsbury went ahead on Jordan Valentino’s RBI double.

Donofrio led Simsbury by going 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI and a triple. Valentino was 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI while Luke Benneche was 2-for-5 with one RBI. For South Windsor, Novak and Donahue were each 2-for-5.

Simsbury returns to the field on Tuesday when they travel to Farmington to face the Indians at Tunxis Meade Park beginning at 4:15 p.m.

South Windsor 5, Simsbury 4 (9)
At South Windsor
Simsbury (1-3)                   100  000  300  — 4-9-3
South Windsor (4-0)       020  100  101  — 5-11-0
Peter Phillips, Luke Benneche (4) and unknown; Will Novak, Zach Donahue (4), Hunter Pasqualini (7), Brendan Mabey (9) and unknown; WP: Mabey; LP: Benneche; 2B: Novak (SW), Jordan Valentino (Si); 3B: Donahue (SW), Jack Donofrio (Si)

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