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Avon, Canton baseball teams can’t hold leads in close defeats

Avon’s Miles Borenstein was 3-for-4 with five RBI in Tuesday’s CCC West loss to Conard.

WEST HARTFORD, April 16 – Trailing by three runs, the Conard High baseball team scored five unanswered runs to hand Avon their fifth straight loss with a 9-7 decision in Central Connecticut Conference West Division action.

Conard (3-2) trailed by three, 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning but the Chieftains had a player steal home and Emmett Coco blasted a two-run double to tie the ballgame. John Brennan’s RBI double gave Conard the lead for good, 8-7. The Chieftains added an insurance run in the sixth inning.

Conard pitching gave up just one hit in the final three innings.

Avon (0-5) had three leads in the game along with a season-high nine hits. Miles Borenstein was 3-for-4 with five RBI with a double and triple. Jake Coppen was 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Avon took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Borenstein ripped a two-run double to centerfield and Daniel Bae had a RBI single. Conard took a 4-3 lead in the first inning thanks to four walks and two errors by the Falcons.

In the second inning, Avon moved ahead again, 5-4, on a two-run triple to right field from Borenstein. The Falcons extended the lead to three runs, 7-4, in the fourth inning on Borenstein’s two-run single to left field.

Brenndan was 3-for-4 for Conard with two RBI and a pair of doubles. Teammate Ryan Farley had a pair of triples.

Avon returns to action on Wednesday when they host Northwest Catholic at Buckingham Field.

Conard 9, Avon 7
At West Hartford
Avon (0-5)                             320  200  0  — 7-9-3
Conard (3-2)                         400  401  x  — 9-10-1
Blaise Engle, Tabor Engle (1), Jake Coppen (5), Ben Angus (6) and Arciero; John Brennan, David Regan (2), John McGovern and unknown; WP: Regan; LP: Tabor Engle (0-1); 2B: Miles Borenstein (A), John Brennan (Co) 2, Emmett Coco (Co); 3B: Ryan Farley (Co) 2, Borenstein

Suffield 5, Canton 3
CANTON, April 16 – The Canton High baseball team rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to tie the game but visiting Suffield scored twice in the sixth inning to earn a 5-3 win in North Central Connecticut action Tuesday at Bowdoin Field.

Richard Ferrari’s RBI single put the Wildcats ahead in the sixth inning and a second run scored on an error to give Suffield (4-3, 3-2 NCCC) a two-run advantage.

Canton (2-3, 2-3 NCCC) scored three times in the fifth inning. Drew Ferrone scored on a passed ball for Canton’s first run of the game while Jack Rose added a two-run triple to tie the game at 3-3.

Rose led Canton with a 2-for-3 performance and two RBI. Ferrone had a double in the game, too.

Canton returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Ellington for a 4 p.m. start. Canton hosts Thomaston in a non-league contest on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at Bowdoin Field.

Suffield 5, Canton 3
At Canton
Suffield (4-3)                        120  002  0  –  5-9-0
Canton (2-3)                         000  030  0  — 3-5-4
Ryan Robidoux and unknown; Nate Lincoln and Matt Rose; WP: Robidoux; LP: Lincoln; 2B: Nick Kreuzer (S), Drew Ferrone (Ca), Jack Rose (Ca)

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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