July 29, 2014

Elyria
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Avon offense key in win over North


AVON — Avon’s 9-10-year-old Little League All-Stars accomplished most of their goals as they defeated Elyria North 15-6 Friday night at Veterans Memorial Park to win the North Division championship for District 3.
With its win, Avon advances to play at South Division champion Tallmadge tonight at 6 p.m. Avon will have to beat Tallmadge twice to claim the District 3 championship.
Avon’s Colin McNamara walked to lead off the game before advancing to second base on a passed ball and to third base on a fielder’s choice grounder. First baseman Alex Guzik singled McNamara home with the game’s first run.
Some controversy came in the bottom of the first.
Andrew Galloway walked to start things off for Elyria. Denny Szalai tripled him home with a long blast to the center-field fence before Marcus Inman received an intentional walk. After a strikeout, Kevin Cloen popped out to Avon shortstop Alex Stump. Szalai tagged up and attempted to score but was ruled out when he ran into the catcher.
The ruling didn’t sit well with Elyria manager Denny Szalai.
“That call popped our bubble,” Szalai said. “In my opinion, the umpires didn’t go by the rule book. They made the wrong call and weren’t overruled by the other tournament officials.”
After that, Avon manager Mike Stump’s team put the game away, scoring eight runs over the next three innings, while shutting out Elyria.
Will Sharer’s two-run triple in the second inning, three unearned runs in the third and two walks and a pair of singles in the fourth did the damage.
“We came out and accomplished our goals,” said Mike Stump. “We wanted to score in each inning and play solid defense. We also got some great pitching, especially out of starter Vince Mingo. We kept momentum on our side.”
“My change-up and four-seam fastball baffled them,” said Mingo, who threw 53 pitches through four innings and later left the game with an injury. “Our defense was really good and backed me up with some big plays.
“I helped my cause with two singles, a double and three RBIs.”
Avon scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings but saw North make things interesting. Szalai’s team scored four runs in the fifth before adding one in the sixth.
Hunter Parsh’s three-run triple was North’s key hit in the fifth. Cloen singled home North’s final run in the sixth.
“We play with a lot of heart and character,” said Szalai. “We don’t give up until the last out and never fold. Our kids love the game of baseball and have hearts the size of a lion’s.”

Avon                    North
    AB    R    H    BI        AB    R    H    BI
McNamara    2    1    0    0    Galloway    1    2    0    0
Howard    1    1    0    0    Szalai    4    1    2    1
Stump    5    2    2    0    Inman    0    2    0    0
Guzik    3    1    3    2    Parsh    4    1    2    4
Mingo    5    4    3    3    Cloen    2    0    1    1
Biro    3    0    0    0    Majoras    4    0    2    0
Kaleel    2    1    1    1    Price    3    0    0    0
Moroz    2    2    1    0    Marks    3    0    0    0
Collins    1    1    0    0    Carosella    1    0    0    0
Flando    1    1    1    2    Cooke    2    0    1    1
Ohradzansky    3    1    0    0   
Sharer    3    0    2    3
Durrin    0    0    0    0
Totals    31    15    13    11    Totals    24    6    8    7
Avon    124    233    —    15    14    0
North    100    041    —    6    8    2
2B – Mingo, Moroz, Parsh. 3B – Sharer, Szalai, Parsh. LOB – Avon 10, North 10. SB – Stump 2, Guzik 2, Mingo 2, Sharer, Inman, Price.
    IP    R    ER    H    BB    SO
Avon
Mingo (W)    4    1    1    3    3    3
Moroz    1/3    4    4    2    2    0
Biro    1 2/3    1    1    3    1    1
North
Szalai (L)    2 2/3    7    4    5    4    2
Cloen    3    5    5    5    4    5
Galloway    1/3    3    2    3    1    1
HBP, by Moroz (Galloway, Cloen); by Cloen (McNamara). WP – Mingo, Moroz 2, Szalai, Cloen 3, Galloway 3. PB – Marks 3.