TALLMADGE — Avon’s U11 team must have known the rain was on its way Monday night because it took care of business in the District 3 consolation final just in time.
Avon scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning while its defense limited Tallmadge to just 13 plate appearances in a 13-0 four-inning victory.
The rain followed as fans and players were leaving the field.
“We just got our guys on base and kept moving us around,” Avon coach George Berki said. “They gave into us a little bit and we just took advantage of it. The defense was exceptional with a couple of double plays.”
Avon will face Cuyahoga Falls North on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Cuyahoga Falls. If it wins, it forces a rematch for the championship in Avon on Friday at 6 p.m.
“Cuyahoga Falls North is a really good team,” Avon’s Jason Clay said. “We’ll come to the game with a positive attitude and ready to play.”
Clay was a big part of why Avon will play for the District 3 championship. He walked just one in two innings, facing six batters and striking out two. He helped his own cause when he assisted on a double play in the second inning.
Then, in the bottom half of the second, Clay sent a shot to deep center for a bases-clearing double that scored two. It was also the first hit of the inning despite Avon already scoring two runs — Jacob Eiermann and Matt Granitto reached base on errors while George Berki (junior) and Andrew Siler walked.
Siler’s walk brought in the first run. Berki scored on a passed ball, which also advanced Granitto and Siler into scoring position and setting up Clay to do his work.
Avon’s defense played flawlessly, highlighted by a nip-tuck double play in the top of the third. Brendan Patterson — who came in at shortstop when Eiermann relieved Clay on the mound — corralled a ball that hit off of Eiermann’s foot, then took the force at second himself and gunned Carson Cowley out at first just in time.
“It’s just really great to be a part of this team,” Clay said. “To get hits and score 13 runs, it’s all really good.
“With no errors. We played unselfish baseball. Just a good game overall.”
Avon’s pitching allowed only three baserunners. Eiermann closed out the game, allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings.
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