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Avon closes out zone campaign beating Winsted for 16th Zone 1 victory

Will Boone was 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Avon American Legion baseball team to a 10-3 win over Winsted Monday night.

AVON, July 16 – The Avon American Legion completed their most successful Zone 1 campaign with a 10-3 victory over Winsted to close out the regular season Monday night at Buckingham Field.

Avon had 10 hits and three Post 201 pitchers combined to strike out eight Winsted hitters to finish the Zone 1 campaign with a 16-2 record and capture their third straight Zone 1 championship. It’s the best Zone 1 winning percentage (.888) in team history. Avon won 20 of 24 Zone 1 games in 2013 for a .833 winning percentage.

Will Boone was 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead Avon (17-4-1, 16-2 Zone 1) while Chris Jacobs was 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Catcher Jeremy Zarwanski was 2-for-5 with one RBI with Ryan Ollestad getting one hit and driving in two runs. Avon took advantage of 10 walks from five Winsted pitchers.

Avon pitcher Connor Harris (8-1) pitched four innings, gave up four hits and struck out five to earn the victory – his eighth of the season. Jake Coppen pitched two innings and Chris Jacobs pitched one inning to close out the contest.

Post 201 took a commanding 6-0 in the first inning thanks to a RBI single from Zarwanski, a two-RBI single from Boone, a RBI single from Ollestad and a Winsted error.

Avon plays an exhibition game on Tuesday when they host an AAU team called the Connecticut Hammerheads at 5:30 p.m. at Buckingham Field.

Avon makes their tenth consecutive state tournament appearance beginning Saturday at Buckingham when they host the No. 4 team from Zone 8. They will play another game on Sunday in the double elimination Group A. Avon won nine of their final Zone 1 contests.

Avon 10, Winsted 3
At Avon
Winsted (11-8)                    000  201  0 – 3-6-1
Avon (17-4-1)                      601  201  x – 10-10-2
Jayson Redar, Zachary West (2), Kyle Matthews (4), Vinny Tancreti (5), Sam Foley (6) and Kevin Sullivan; Connor Harris, Jake Coppen (5), Chris Jacobs (7) and Jeremy Zarwanski; WP: Harris (8-1); LP: Redar; 2B: Jacobs (A)

2018 Zone 1 standings
Team Zone Overall
xy-Avon 16-2 17-4-1
y-Bristol 12-5 16-5-1
y-Winsted 11-7 11-8
y-Simsbury 10-7 14-8-1
Wolcott 4-12 4-12
Plainville 4-14 4-14
Torrington 3-13 3-13
x-won Zone 1 championship
y-qualified for state tournament
Sunday’s games
Simsbury 4-7, Bristol 1-9
Monday’s games
Avon 10, Winsted 3
Bristol 12, Plainville 0
Wolcott 5, Torrington 1
Tuesday, July 17
Simsbury at Wolcott
Torrington at Bristol
CT Hammerheads (AAU) at Avon, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18
Stratford at Bristol
Saturday, July 21
State tournament
TBA at Avon
TBA at Bristol
Winsted at TBA
Simsbury at TBA
Sunday, July 22
State tournament
Avon vs. TBA
Bristol vs. TBA
Winsted vs. TBA
Simsbury vs.TBA

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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