AVON, May 1 – The Avon High baseball exploded for five hits and five runs in the fifth inning and reliever Jake Coppen got the save in the seventh inning to lead the Falcons to a hard fought 6-5 Central Connecticut Conference win over Farmington Monday at Buckingham Park.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Indians (2-7), who grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run home run to right field from Jake Rappanport.
Avon cut the lead to one with a run in the third inning thanks to a pair of Farmington errors. Adam Theriault singled and moved to second on an error. Theriault took third base on a successful sacrifice bunt by Miles Bornstein and scored on an error on a ground ball to second base from Justin Olson.
The Falcons (5-4) took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Consecutive walks to Borenstein and Olson put two men on base. Brendan Dyer reached on a successful sacrifice bunt and an error on the play allowed Borenstein to score and tie the game at 2-2.
Justin Zarwanski’s two-RBI single to right field expanded Avon’s lead to 4-2. After Zarwanski reached second base on a wild pitch, a RBI single from Chris Jacob gave Avon a 5-2 advantage. Will Boone’s RBI single gave Avon a 6-2 lead.
Farmington refused to go quietly in the seventh inning. A pair of walks with one out put two runners on base. Coppen came to the mound in relief of Falcon starter Kyle Emery and Coppen gave up a single to Troy Dunham to load the bases.
Farmington’s Dante Colagiovanni grounded out to second base but a run scored. Brooks Milhalek followed with a two-out, two-run line drive single to right field to cut the lead to one, 6-5. But Coppen got Alex Sowinski to pop up to Dyer at third base in foul territory to secure the victory and earn his first save of the year.
Emery allowed just four runs over 6 1/3 innings of work, striking out four and walking three to earn his first win of the season. Boone and Jacobs were each 2-for-3 with a RBI while Olson was 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI. Theriault was also 2-for-3 as Avon rapped out 11 hits.
Zac Conrad had two hits for the Indians, who had just six hits.
The two teams will play again on Monday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at Tunxis Meade Park in Farmington.
Avon is in the midst of a nine-day stretch with seven games. The Falcons travel to Conard in West Hartford on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m., travel to face Northwest Catholic on Wednesday for a 3:45 p.m. and conclude the marathon with a home game on Friday against Glastonbury at Buckingham at 3:45 p.m. Through four games, the Falcons are 3-1.
Avon 6, Farmington 5
Farmington (2-7) 002 000 3 – 5-6-3
Avon (5-4) 001 050 x – 6-11-2
Troy Dunham and Callaghan Brost; Kyle Emery, Jake Coppen (7) and Jeremy Zarwanski; WP: Emery (1-0); LP: Dunham; Save – Coppen (1); 2B: Justin Olson (A); HR: Jake Rappaport (F)