AVON, May 29 – Catcher Amanda Hasler hit her eleventh home run of the season as the Avon High softball team won their first CIAC tournament game since 2000 with a 5-2 victory over East Lyme in the first round of the CIAC Class L tournament Wednesday at Fisher Meadows.
No. 13 Avon (13-8) advances to Thursday’s second round when the Falcons travel to No. 4 Brookfield (16-5) on the road beginning at 4 p.m.
Freshman pitcher Jackie Pengel (12-6) got the win for the Falcons, going the distance, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits.
Avon took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. With one out, Pengel singled and moved to second base when Kaitlyn Hards walked. Hasler followed with a home run to center field. Hasler, also a freshman, has hit five home runs in the last six games.
East Lyme (10-12) cut the lead to two runs with a run in the fifth inning. Leadoff hitter Nicole Marsh walked. With two outs in the inning, Marsh stole second base and scored shortly when Angelina Venditti singled to left field.
Avon answered quickly in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hasler walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Kendra Hards reached on an error. A sacrifice from Nicole Detora allowed Hards to move to third base. Hards scored on a wild pitch to give Avon a commanding 5-1 lead.
Since this is Avon’s first appearance in the Class L tournament, it is the first victory for the Falcons in Class L.
Avon 5, East Lyme 2
East Lyme (10-12) 000 011 0 — 2-2-2
Avon (13-8) 003 020 x — 5-5-4
Olivia Quagan, Isabel Siciliano (3) and unknown; Jackie Pengel and Amanda Hasler; WP: Pengel (12-6); LP: Quagan; 2B: Angelina Venditti (EL); HR: Amanda Hasler (A)