Avon’s Major All-Stars opened state tournament play with a blowout, then showed they could win a close one.
After blowing away Bellevue 17-0 in its tournament opener Saturday in South Pointe, Avon edged Maumee 4-3 on Sunday.
Avon scored three runs in the first as Conner Walker tripled to left-center and scored on Ian Long’s sacrifice fly. Andrew Lee followed with a single, Mitch Tomlin reached on an error and Brian Kelly drove them both in with a double.
Jack Poyle drove in Avon’s other run in the fourth.
Avon got strong pitching from Lee and Alex Tomko. Lee struck out five in 51/3 innings, while Tomko got the final two outs on two pitches to nail down the win.
Lee also had a team-high two hits.
In Avon’s rout of Bellevue on Saturday, Long went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Poyle had a double and a triple. Lee had a home run, a double and three RBIs, and Robbie Cramer had two hits, one a double, and drove in two. Walker scored three runs.
Cramer got the win, allowing one hit and striking out four in three innings. Tomko fanned one in one perfect inning of relief.
Avon plays Canfield today at 4 p.m.
Elyria North Seniors blow away Bucyrus
Elyria North had no problem shaking off a tough opening loss in the Senior state tournament in Englewood, blowing away Bucyrus 19-6 Sunday behind a strong outing from Chris Knapp.
Knapp allowed no earned runs and struck out seven to lead North into a 2 p.m. game today against Maumee in a losers bracket semifinal.
North, which had 10 hits, was relentless at the plate, as well, scoring four runs in the first, five in the second, five in the third and five in the fourth.
“We jumped on them early,” North coach Todd Brubaker said. “Every inning we jumped on them. We scored early and just kept going.”
Josh Brubaker had three hits, Brandon Victor had a home run, Justin Murray scored four runs and Justin Hobart and Kyle Brown had doubles.
Elyria Big League team in Final 3
Another split Sunday was good enough to land Elyria in the Final 3 at the Big League regional tournament in Wyoming, Mich., one more win away from a shot at the regional title.
After losing 4-2 to the Michigan District 9 team in the morning, Elyria bounced back with a 5-0 win over the Michigan state champs from District 2.
Gus Long led the way in that win, throwing a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts. Long was so dominant he needed just 64 pitches in his seven innings. In fact, he stayed under the 105 pitch-per-day limit even though he also worked part of Sunday’s first game.
Joe Fitch had two hits, one a double, to lead the offense.
Elyria scored twice in the second inning as Fitch singled and scored on a single by D.J. Halluer, who then came around to score on a single by Brenton Brada.
Three more runs came across in the third. Nolan Neuschafer started things off with a single and Jon Koepf and Edwin Cruz both turned sacrifice bunt attempts into hits to load the bases. Fitch singled to drive one run in and two sacrifice flies brought home the other two runs.
In the opening game, Neuschafer and Halluer led the offense with two hits apiece. Dan Poskocil pitched well, but still suffered the loss.
Elyria plays the loser of Sunday night’s Illinois District 15-Michigan District 9 game today at 4 p.m. If Elyria wins, it will then play an
8 p.m. game for the regional championship.
Lack of offense hurts East Juniors
The Elyria East Juniors had six hits Sunday in the state tournament in North Canton.
They also struck out nine times.
That was the kind of day it was offensively for the East All-Stars, who lost 11-5 to a tough Hiland squad. With the loss, Elyria drops into a losers bracket game today at 6 p.m. against Youngstown Boardman at Hoover High School.
Of course, it wasn’t all offense that hurt East. Hiland scored five runs in the first, two more in the second and eventually built a 9-2 lead.
Walks and defensive problems didn’t help the East all-stars. Still, they had their chances, twice loading the bases with just one out only to have back-to-back strikeouts kill both rallies.
Scott LaMoreaux had a double and a single to lead East, while Devin Schultz had two singles. Dustin Stolarski and Bryan Feldmann both had singles.