AVON, May 23 – It’s been a frustrating season for the Avon High baseball team. Two years ago, the Falcons went to the Class L semifinals. A year ago, they had a fine season, winning 14 games.
No one expected just five victories this season for the Falcons. There were some tough losses this season on the diamond including back-to-back one-run losses to Hall and Southington in early May.
But Avon ended the season on a high note Wednesday under splendid blue skies at Buckingham Field. The Falcons rallied from a six-run deficit, rapped out eight of their 10 hits in the final two innings and beat Bristol Central, 7-6.
Senior Will Boone was the star. He had a pair of home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including a game-winning grand slam. He drove in all seven runs for the Falcons (5-15) and was 3-for-4 at the plate with the two home runs and a double.
Bristol Central and pitcher Alex Balfour were cruising for five innings. Balfour allowed only two hits and struck four. The Rams (7-12) led 6-0 as Avon came to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jake Coppen led off the winning with a single for the Falcons but was thrown out at second base on a fielder’s choice hit by Miles Borenstein. Ryan Ollestad singled to put two runners on base when Boone hit a three-run home run to right field to cut the lead to 6-3. Avon had five hits in the inning and stranded two runners on base.
In the seventh, Chris Angus led off the inning for Avon with a single. Coppen struck out but Borenstein singled to left field. Ollestad walked to load the bases. Boone won the game with a grand slam over the centerfield fence.
Avon pitcher Daniel Bae pitched two innings of shutout relief, allowing just one hit and not walking a batter. He picked up the victory to improve to 1-2 on the year.
For Bristol Central, Steve Warkowski was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Ryan Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with two doubles. The Rams can earn a spot in the Class L tournament with a win over Platt on Wednesday.
It was the final game in the dugout for long-time coach Marty deLivron. He was the head coach of the Avon baseball team from 1978 through 2014, compiling a record of 483-256. He led the Falcons to 10 North Central Connecticut Conference titles and a pair of Northwest Conference Division II crowns.
For the past four years, he has been an assistant coach under head coach Jon Yolles – keeping the scorebook and providing counsel and advice when needed.
The Falcons missed the CIAC tournament for the first time since 2006 and had the fewest wins in a season since 1993 when Avon posted a record of 7-12.
Avon 7, Bristol Central 6
Bristol Central (7-12) 020 130 0 — 6-10-1
Avon (5-15) 000 003 4 — 7-10-0
Alex Balfour and unknown; Will Boone, Jake Coppen (5), Daniel Bae (6) and Ryan Ollestad; WP: Bae (1-2); LP: Balfour; 2B: Ryan Rodriguez (BC) 2, Will Boone (A); HR: Boone (A) 2