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West Hartford gets 10 hits to beat Avon Legion in state tournament, 7-2

BRISTOL, July 22 – West Hartford scored four times in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the seventh inning to beat the Avon American Legion baseball team in a Northern Division state tournament game Saturday at Muzzy Field.

West Hartford, which finished second in Zone 7 to RCP, advances to face South Windsor on Sunday at 4 p.m. here at Muzzy Field while Avon (21-7) plays an elimination game against Waterford on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Muzzy Field. South Windsor beat Waterford, 4-1 on Saturday.

West Hartford had 10 hits off Avon pitching to take control of the game. The contest was tied at 2-2 after three innings before Post 96 broke through against Avon starter Kyle Emery.

Post 96 loaded the bases with none out in the fourth inning on a pair of hits and a hit batter. Catcher Sean Langan hit a two-RBI single to give West Hartford a 4-2 lead. Additional runs scored on a sacrifice fly and another walk to give Post 96 a four-run lead, 6-2.

Avon did load the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning on singles from Sean Del Gallo and Will Thramann along with a walk to Justin Olson. But West Hartford reliever Patrick Baron coaxed Jeremy Zarwanski to pop it up in the infield to end the threat.

Avon took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single from Zarwanski. After West Hartford took a 2-1 lead, Post 201 tied it with a RBI double from Chris Jacobs in the third inning.

Luke Fox led West Hartford by going 3-for-4 while Maxwell Main was 2-for-4 at the plate. Joe Celio had a solo home run in the seventh inning for West Hartford.

Theriault was the only Avon player with multiple hits – two singles.

West Hartford 7, Avon 2
At Bristol
West Hartford (20-9)                  020  400  1  — 7-10-1
Avon (21-7)                                101  000  0  — 2-8-1
Luke Fox, Patrick Baron (6) and Sean Langan; Kyle Emery, Brady Williamson (4), Chris Jacobs (7) and Ryan Ollestad, Jeremy Zarwanski (4); WP: Fox; LP: Emery (2-2); 2B: Chris Jacobs (A); 3B: none; HR: Joe Celio (WH)

Connecticut State Tournament
Northern Division finals
At Muzzy FIeld, Bristol
Saturday, July 22
Game 1: West Hartford 7, Avon 2
Game 2: South Windsor 4, Waterford 0
Sunday, July 23
Game 3: Avon vs. Waterford, 1 p.m.
Game 4: West Hartford vs. South Windsor, 4 p.m.
Monday, July 24
Game 5: Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 6:30 p.m.

Southern DIvision finals
At Palmer Field, Middletown
Saturday, July 22
Game 1: Stamford 4, Greenwich 1
Game 2: Cheshire 1, Trumbull 0
Sunday, July 23
Game 3: Greenwich vs. Trumbull, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Stamford vs. Cheshire, 4 p.m.
Monday, July 24
Game 5: Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 6:30 p.m.

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