Avon’s 9- and 10-year-old Little League All-Stars advanced to the third round of the championship bracket, putting Elyria East in the losers bracket Thursday in a tournament game that started Monday afternoon but was not started again for three days because of rain postponements.
Plus it didn’t manage to go the distance as Avon walked off with a mercy-rule, four-inning 11-1 victory Thursday at Elyria East’s Vic Janowicz Memorial Park.
Avon, 2-0 in tournament play, advances to meet Tallmadge at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Avon’s Veterans Park. Elyria East, 0-1, hosts Green today at 6 o’clock in an elimination game.
Avon was up 1-0 after one inning Monday before the game was postponed due to a heavy rainstorm. On Tuesday, the teams played one half of an inning before the rain started again. On Wednesday, there was no play because heavy rain fell just an hour before the scheduled start.
The fourth day was the charm, as the game was finally concluded under bright, sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the 70s on Thursday.
Avon’s two pitchers — Jacob Eiermann and Mason Bingham — combined for a no-hitter in the victory, each going two innings.
Bingham’s triple to right in the bottom of the fourth was the key hit, leading to the mercy-rule 10-run lead with only two outs. Bingham’s clout — the only extra-base hit of the game — scored Eiermann, who reached on an error, and Patrick Tompkins, who singled, before Bingham scored the 11th run on an error by the Elyria East shortstop on the relay throw from right field.
“I felt good about it,” Bingham said of his big hit.
It was Bingham’s fourth triple of the season, with the other three coming during regular-season play.
About the three-day delay in completing the game, Bingham added, “It was a little stressing.”
Avon manager Ron Stitchiek echoed the thought.
“It was hard to keep all the kids available for all those days because many of them had commitments to other things,” he said. “But we have a lot of good kids on this team and they’re amazing every time out. We have only given up one hit in two tournament games.”
Elyria East manager Matt Neuschaefer said, “It was very frustrating trying to play over three days of delays. It made the kids extra nervous. They did the fundamentals right today but just didn’t execute.”
Elyria East committed eight errors in the game as only three of Avon’s runs were earned.
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