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Avon Legion’s 15-and-under baseball earns opening day victory in state tourney

AVON, July 27 – Matt Leopold was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and scored two runs as the Avon 15-and-under American Legion baseball team won their state tournament opener with a 5-0 victory over Manchester Friday at Buckingham Field.

Avon (14-7) had eight hits including four in the second inning to take control of the game. Three Avon pitchers, led by Dylan Love, allowed just five hits by Manchester.

Post 201 advances to face Middletown today at 1 p.m. at Buckingham Field in the double-elimination event.

Avon took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Leopold doubled, moved to third base on an off-balance throw into the infield and scored an error.

Avon added four more runs in the third inning. After Emmett Borenstein and Noah Gordon singled, Avon took a 2-0 lead on Daniel Galliher’s sacrifice fly. With two outs, Gordon scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 advantage.

Leopold singled, stole second base and moved to third on an error. He scored on a second error on the same play for a 4-0 lead. Colby Nemarich scored on a passed ball to give Avon a 5-0 lead. Borenstein was also 2-for-3 for Avon.

Avon 5, Manchester 0
at Avon
Manchester (13-12)  000  000  0 — 0-5-3
Avon (14-7)                140  000  x – 5-8-3
Holbrook, Mushinski (3), Nielson (7) and unknown; Dylan Love, Nicholas Amatulli (4) and Colby Nemarich (7) and unknown; WP: Love; LP: Holbrook; 2B: Matt Leopold (A)

American Legion baseball
State tournament
Age 15 and under

North Division
Middletown 12, RCP 6
Avon 5, Manchester 0
West Hartford 13, Windsor Locks 1
Ellington 9, Tolland 6
Saturday’s games
Game 5: Middletown at Avon, 1 p.m.
Game 6: West Hatford at Ellington
Manchester at RCP, loser eliminated
Windsor Locks at Tolland, loser eliminated

Southern Division
Ridgefield 5, North Haven 4
Wallingford 6, Glastonbury 3
Branford 10, Meriden 6
Stamford 10, Newington 0
Saturday’s games
Game 5: Ridgefield at Wallingford
Game 6: Branford at Stamford
Glastonbury at. North Haven, loser eliminated
Newington at Meriden, loser eliminated

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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