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Canton, Avon earn big opening day victories on diamond

CANTON, April 3, 2023 – Jackson Senecal was 3-for-3 with two doubles to lead the Canton High baseball team to a 15-0 win over Gilbert School in five innings at Bowdoin Field on opening day of the high school baseball season.

Canton (1-0) had 14 hits in the five-inning contest. Sammy Lincoln was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI for the Warriors while Nate Niscox was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Catcher Noah Asmar was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI.

Four Canton pitchers combined to throw a one-hit shutout. The four pitchers combined to strike out six.

The Warriors hit the road on Tuesday to face Bolton at 3:45 p.m. Canton has three games in four days to open the season. Canton hosts Rockville on Thursday at Bowdoin.

Canton 15, Gilbert 0 (5)
At Canton
Gilbert (0-1)              000  00  — 0-1-3
Canton (1-0)              902  0x  — 15-14-2
Aiden Blanchette, Nick Closson (1) and Z. Richardson; Rob Dlubac, Joseph Nadeau (2), Ben Biskupiac (3), Pat Bruno (4) and Noah Asmar; WP: Dlubac (1-0); LP: Blanchette (0-1); 2B: Michael Archangel (C), Robbie Dlubac (C), Sammy Lincoln (C), Jackson Senecal (C) 2, 3B: Lincoln

Avon 13, Simsbury 3
AVON, April 3, 2023 – Pitcher Connor Lavore was 3-for-4 with four RBI and a double to help lift the Avon High baseball team to a season-opening victory over Simsbury, 13-3, at Buckingham Field.

The Falcons had 13 hits and three Avon pitchers scattered seven hits and struck out five Simsbury batters.

David Pengel was 2-for-2 with a triple and one RBI while Chase Beloin was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a home run. Shortstop Luke Coppen was 2-for-5 with three RBI for the Falcons.

Patrick Matyczyk was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI for Simsbury (0-1).

Avon returns to action on Tuesday when they host Middletown at 3:45 p.m.

Avon 13, Simsbury 3
At Avon

Simsbury (0-1)          011  100  — 3-7-3
Avon (1-0)                 420  016  — 13-13-4
Evan Odegard, Joe Smith (4), Jacob Cohen (5), Charles Ayers (6) and Patrick Matycyzk; Connor Lavore, Daniel Choi (3), Parker Jobe (5) and James Walsh; WP: Lavore (1-0); LP: Odegard (0-1); 2B: Lavore (A), Matyczyk (S), Mitchell Wallman (S), 3B: David Pengel (A), HR: Chase Beloin (A)

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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