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Avon Eagles, Alex Tomko, get past Elyria Catholic Panthers in West Shore Conference action
Elyria Catholic got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning. Panthers’ Joey Begany hit a double to left field after a sliding attempt by Avon’s Andrew Lee was unsuccessful. Begany advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ian Kovacs. With two outs in the inning, Taylor Reaser singled to left field, putting Elyria Catholic up 1-0.
Begany, who started the game for Elyria Catholic, pitched masterfully for the first three innings, striking out three and gave up only one hit. In the fourth inning is when the defensive blemishes started.
Lee walked to start the inning for Avon and got to second on a stolen base. Kevin Maloney was next up to bat and hit a flyball to right field. Lee attempted to tag up but stopped halfway between second and third. Right fielder Chris Tomshack tried to make a throw to third to hold Lee at second, but Tomshack’s ball sailed into the stands, allowing Lee to score, tying the game at one.
After a single by Matt Wentz, a pickoff attempt to first base by catcher Darion Katynski was off target and went into the outfield, allowing Wentz to go to third. Donny Kelly then hit a two-out RBI double to left, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
The Panthers tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth after an RBI single by Angelo Cruz.
Avon started to pour on the runs in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out in the inning, Bradford Dill reached on an error to the second baseman and later stole second. Brandon Linna reached on an infield single and Dill advanced to third. Lee reached on an infielders choice, loading the bases.
Maloney then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Dill and gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
Wentz then hit a two-run single to blow the game open, giving Avon a 5-2 lead.
“Matt has been starting to come around,” Avon coach Frank Desmit said. “He kind of had a rough start to the season offensively. Lately, he has been looking to turn on his pitch. He came up with some clutch hits. I’m glad to see him start hitting the ball better.”
Wentz had two hits in the game and two RBIs.
“We came together as a team,” Wentz said. “We weren’t that hot in the beginning of the game and we just got the bats going and it showed.”
After an Ian Long single to center field, Wentz advanced to second. Wentz stole third and eventually scored after the attempt to throw him out sailed into the outfield, giving Avon a 6-2 going into the top of the sixth.
The Panthers had two errors in the inning and five errors total in the ballgame.
“That’s been our theme this season — walks, errors, and just not getting the next guy out,” Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky said. “We need to clean up the mental mistakes, we’re a better ball team than that.”
Avon added a run in the bottom of the sixth after Brandon Linna hit an RBI single.
Avon starting pitcher Alex Tomko went the distance, pitching seven innings and notched his fifth win of the season. Tomko gave up two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Begany was tagged with the loss for Elyria Catholic. Begany went five innings, gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits, struck out four and walked one.
Avon 7, Elyria Catholic 2
West Shore Conference
Elyria Catholic (6-9, 2-5) 010 010 0 — 2 4 5
Avon (9-11, 5-5) 000 241 x — 7 7 2
TWO HITS OR MORE — Elyria Catholic: Joey Begany; Avon: Matt Wentz, Brandon Linna; 2B — EC: Begany; A: Donny Kelly; WP — Alex Tomko (5-2); LP — Begany (2-2).
Last Updated: 5/2/2013 5:03:53 PM EST