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Avon tops Middletown for 2nd straight win in U-15 Legion state tournament

AVON, July 28 – Ben Angus and Andrew Pedersen gave up just one hit and combined to strike out four batters to lead the Avon 15-and-under American Legion baseball team to a 4-0 victory over Middletown in the state tournament at Buckingham Field.

Avon (15-7) has yet to give up a run in a pair of state tournament victories. Post 201 advances to face Ellington in Northern Division play on Sunday at 1 p.m., on the road.

Avon took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Tyler Nyberg led off for Avon with a double and moved to second base on a single from Matt Leopold (2-3, double, two stolen bases). Leopold eventually stole second base. Both scored on a two-out flyball to right field from Dylan Love. The third run scored on an error.

In the second inning, Avon extended their lead to four runs. Leopold singled and eventually stole third bases. He scored on another error for a 4-0 lead.

Love finished with one single and two RBI while Nicolas Amatulli also had a single for Avon.

Avon 4, Middletown 0
at Avon
Middletown (14-8)    000  000  0 — 0-1-3
Avon (15-7)                 310  000  x – 4-5-1
Powers, Smith (6) and unknown; Ben Angus, Andrew Pedersen (7) and unknown; WP: Angus; LP: Powers; 2B: Matt Leopold (A)

American Legion baseball
State tournament
Age 15 and under

North Division
Friday’s games
Middletown 12, RCP 6
Avon 5, Manchester 0
West Hartford 13, Windsor Locks 1
Ellington 9, Tolland 6

Saturday’s games
Avon 4, Middletown 0
Ellington 11, West Hartford 8
RCP 5, Manchester 0, loser eliminated
Tolland 7, Windsor Locks 4, loser eliminated

Sunday’s game
Avon at Ellington, 1 p.m.
RCP at West Hartford, loser eliminated
Tolland at Middletown, loser eliminated

Southern Division
Friday’s games
Ridgefield 5, North Haven 4
Wallingford 6, Glastonbury 3
Branford 10, Meriden 6
Stamford 10, Newington 0

Saturday’s games
Ridgefield 4, Wallingford 2
Stamford 6, Branford 4
North Haven 5, Glastonbury 3, loser eliminated
Meriden 10, Newington 0, loser eliminated

Sunday’s games
Ridgefield at Stamford, 11 a.m.
North Haven at Branford, loser eliminated
Meriden at Wallingford, 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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