AVON — Winning in the Little League District 3 tournament seems to be common-place in Avon and the Under-10 team might just be starting its run to the state tournament after posting a 5-3 win over Tallmadge on Saturday.
Avon faces Cuyahoga Falls North on Monday in the final of the championship bracket.
Even if Avon loses that game, it would fall to the loser’s bracket and still be alive in the tournament.
Despite only six total hits in the game — just one for Tallmadge — there were plenty of scoring chances for both teams as each side issued eight walks and had several errors. The miscues led to the majority of the game’s runs.
Mason Dexter opened the scoring for Tallmadge, walking against Avon starting pitcher
Jason Clay, and scoring thanks to a stolen base, a passed ball and a fielder’s choice by Jacob Reiter.
Walks set up a pair of runs for Avon in the bottom of the first as Tyler Louth and Bruce Duelley were issued free passes. Both scored on a series of passed balls from Tallmadge for a 2-1 lead.
Jacob Eiermann came on in relief for Avon and went 4⅔ innings, allowing two runs on no hits. Jacob Becks and Nate Amato both reached on walks and came around to give Tallmadge a 3-2 lead — without a hit in the game — on a pair of errors by Avon.
Avon made sure that trend didn’t hold form as it picked up a run in the fourth when George Berki walked and eventually scored on an error on a ball put in play by Louth to tie the score at 3.
Avon grabbed a two-run lead in the bottom of the fifth as Eierman doubled to right-center and came home on a single by Mason Bingham, who then scored on a Jacob Stitchick single.
Eierman got a strikeout and a grounder back to the mound to start the final half-inning of play, but ran into trouble walking Nico Roldan and giving up the only hit of the game to Aaron Williams to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
Avon coach Ron Stitchek went to Louth to close out the game and Louth responded by getting Dexter to ground out to the shortstop on the second pitch.