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Another home run from Hasler helps Avon earn first tournament win since 2000

Avon catcher Amanda Hasler hit her 11th home run of the season to help the Falcon softball win their first state tournament game since 2000 on Wednesday.

AVON, May 29 – Catcher Amanda Hasler hit her eleventh home run of the season as the Avon High softball team won their first CIAC tournament game since 2000 with a 5-2 victory over East Lyme in the first round of the CIAC Class L tournament Wednesday at Fisher Meadows.

No. 13 Avon (13-8) advances to Thursday’s second round when the Falcons travel to No. 4 Brookfield (16-5) on the road beginning at 4 p.m.

Freshman pitcher Jackie Pengel (12-6) got the win for the Falcons, going the distance, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits.

Avon took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. With one out, Pengel singled and moved to second base when Kaitlyn Hards walked. Hasler followed with a home run to center field. Hasler, also a freshman, has hit five home runs in the last six games.

East Lyme (10-12) cut the lead to two runs with a run in the fifth inning. Leadoff hitter Nicole Marsh walked. With two outs in the inning, Marsh stole second base and scored shortly when Angelina Venditti singled to left field.

Avon answered quickly in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hasler walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Kendra Hards reached on an error. A sacrifice from Nicole Detora allowed Hards to move to third base. Hards scored on a wild pitch to give Avon a commanding 5-1 lead.

Since this is Avon’s first appearance in the Class L tournament, it is the first victory for the Falcons in Class L.

Avon 5, East Lyme 2
At Avon
East Lyme (10-12)                   000  011  0  — 2-2-2
Avon (13-8)                              003  020  x  — 5-5-4
Olivia Quagan, Isabel Siciliano (3) and unknown; Jackie Pengel and Amanda Hasler; WP: Pengel (12-6); LP: Quagan; 2B: Angelina Venditti (EL); HR: Amanda Hasler (A)

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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