Avon Eagles sink Avon Lake Shoremen in slugfest

AVON — The Avon Eagles outslugged neighboring Avon Lake 17-7 on Friday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium in non-conference play. Scheduled for 5 p.m., a heavy downpour pushed the game back to nearly 6 p.m., something both coaches agreed had an effect on the teams.

“The routine threw us off a bit,” Avon Lake coach Kevin Marlow said. “It’s not an excuse because they had the same issues that we did, but they came out a little more ready to play and it cost us today.”

Both teams were looking to preserve arms for the upcoming postseason. As a consequence, the Eagles (14-12, 9-5) started sophomore hurler Scott Barnum (2-0), who traditionally closes, and Avon Lake sent out sophomore Logan DeLong (2-1), who had made two varsity appearances coming into the game.

The Shoremen touched up Barnum for four runs in the top of the first. David Winkel began the game with a single to left before Matt Gottshall worked the count for a walk. Brad Hamilton brought them both home with a single of his own.

Hamilton moved to second on the attempt to throw out Gottshall at home and made his way to third on fly out to mid-center off the bat of Matt Russell. He was plated the following at-bat by Matt Morissette, who scored when Barnum loaded the bases and proceeded to walk in Avon Lake’s fourth run.

DeLong’s first inning struggles were greater than Barnum’s, however. His third varsity start ended in 2/3 of an inning, in which he allowed seven earned runs, hit a batter, walked three and gave up four hits, including a three-run triple to Brian Baker. Kyle Kuhar took the bump to stop the bleeding after the ceremonial home team batted around.

“It was tough that first inning to get in the right frame of mind so I gave the guys a little warm up talk after they came in from the top of the first,” Avon coach Frank DeSmit said. “They came back, they responded and they did a nice job. The guy was putting some pitches in there for us to hit and fortunately we did hit them.”

Barnum shut down the Shoremen in the top of the second and the Eagles went back to work in their half of the frame. Kuhar issued three walks and gave up back-to-back triples to Ian Long and Austin Bevins as Avon totaled five hits and took advantage of a pair of errors in an eight-run inning to make the score 15-4.

“We didn’t pitch real well to start,” Marlow said. “We walked some guys, hit some guys, they had a whole bunch of baserunners early on and we didn’t make a couple plays too. All of a sudden we looked up and we were down ten runs.”

The road team countered with a three-run top of the third, chasing Barnum after 2 2/3 innings. The Eagles starter surrendered all seven of Avon Lake’s runs.

Avon grabbed two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kuhar walked Tony Morales who was driven in by a double off the bat of his brother Jonny Morales the next at bat. Andrew Lee plated Jonny Morales with a single past short to bring the score to 17-7.

Lee finished the day 3-3 with an RBI and two runs while Long joined him with an RBI and two runs on 2-3 hitting.

Morales kept the Shoremen off the board the board in the fourth and Matt Wentz came on to blank them in the fifth to ensure the run ruling.

Avon 17, Avon Lake 7


Avon Lake (13-9, 7-6) 403 00 — 7 6 3

Avon (14-12, 9-5) 792 0X — 17 12 1

TWO HITS OR MORE — Avon Lake: David Winkel; Avon: Andrew Lee (3), Ian Long; 2B — AL: Winkel; A: J. Morales 3B — A: Baker, Bevin, Long; WP Scott Barnum — (2-0); LP — Logan DeLong (2-1).


Last Updated: 5/10/2013 11:24:59 PM EST

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