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Bristol blanks Avon to keep heat on Simsbury in Zone 1 pennant chase

Miles Borenstein had one of Avon’s three hits in Monday night’s 4-0 Zone 1 loss to Bristol at Muzzy Field.

BRISTOL, July 15 – The Bristol American Legion baseball team is keeping the heat on Simsbury. Post 2 beat Avon on Monday night, 4-0, in a Zone 1 contest at Muzzy Field to remain in the hunt for the Zone 1 Northern Division championship.

But Simsbury, which dropped a one-run decision to Southington on Sunday, picked up a huge victory with an 8-7 victory over Southington Post 72, the Zone 1 Southern Division champions at Memorial Field on Monday night.

Simsbury (18-7, 17-6 Zone 1 Northern) can clinch their first Zone 1 championship since 2016 with a victory over Avon on Wednesday night at Memorial Field. Simsbury would also clinch the title if Avon can upset Bristol (19-7, 17-6) on Tuesday night in the regular season finale for both clubs.

If Simsbury and Bristol finish tied for first place, Simsbury captures the championship because Post 84 captured two of the three games with Bristol this summer. Simsbury and Bristol have both qualified for the American Legion state tournament but winning a zone title would give the zone champion several home games in the first round of the tournament.

It was a scoreless game for three innings at Muzzy Field between Avon and Bristol before Avon committed two errors and threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third base in the fourth inning. Bristol’s Evan Bouchard had a RBI single to center field while Stephen Warkowski grounded out to second base but still drove in a run for a 2-0 Bristol lead.

Bristol added two more runs in the sixth inning. With two runners on thanks to an error and a single, Joshua Nohilly drove in a run and Bouchard had a RBI double for a 4-0 Bristol advantage.

That was more than enough support for Bristol starting pitcher Alex Balfour, who allowed just three hits and struck out 10. Balfour improves to 3-0 on the season.

Jake Coppen had a double for Avon (6-19, 6-16 Zone 1 Northern) while Miles Borenstein and Emmett Borenstein each had singles. Ben Angus gave up seven hits and struck out two on the mound. Post 202 has lost seven straight games — their longest losing streak of the season.

Avon hosts Bristol in the final game of their three-game series Tuesday night at Buckingham Field.

Bristol 4, Avon 0
At Bristol
Avon (6-19)        000  000  0  — 0-3-3
Bristol (19-7)      000  202  x  — 4-7-1
Ben Angus and Emmett Borenstein; Alex Balfour and Carson Sassu; WP: Balfour (3-0); LP: Angus (1-4); 2B: Jake Coppen (A), Evan Bouchard (B); 3B: none; HR: none

Zone 1 standings

Northern Division Zone Overall
y-Simsbury 17-6 18-7
y-Bristol 17-6 19-7
Winsted 12-12 12-12
Avon 6-16 6-19
Southern Division Zone Overall
x-Southington 17-7 18-7
y-West Hartford 13-9 14-10
y-Berlin 13-10 13-10
Newington 9-15 10-16
Hartford 0-23 0-23

x- won division title; y-clinched state tournament berth. Two division champions qualify along with three wild cards.
Sunday’s results
Bristol 5, Avon 2
Newington 1-1, Hartford 0-0 (forfeits)
Southington 2, Simsbury 1
West Hartford 8, Berlin 2
Monday’s results
Bristol 4, Avon 0
Simsbury 8, Southington 7
Newington 1, Hartford 0 (forfeit)
Berlin 4, West Hartford 3
Tuesday’s games
Bristol at Avon
Berlin at West Hartford
Wednesday’s game
Avon at Simsbury, 5:30 p.m.

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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