High school baseball: Battle of equals turns out not to be as Avon rolls over North Ridgeville

Tim Gebhardt
The Chronicle Telegram

AVON — It didn’t take long to break open Thursday’s Southwestern Conference game in what was expected to be a battle between evenly-matched teams.

Avon (5-4, 3-1 SWC) pounced on North Ridgeville’s first two pitchers for 14 runs, eight hits, six walks and a hit batsmen over the first two innings in routing the Rangers 16-2 at Mercy Health Stadium. The Rangers are a respectable 6-6 overall and 2-5 in the SWC.

“I felt our guys came in as focused as we wanted them to be,” Avon coach Craig Kirschner said. “We took advantage of everything that was given us. I loved how our guys approached the game. Any game in the SWC, you just never know. We all kind of beat up on each other.”

North Ridgeville’s starting pitcher Gavin Padgett came in with a 2-0 record but he couldn’t find the strike zone early. He walked the first two hitters on eight pitches and gave up an RBI single to Troy Sudbrook before getting an out.

“Every game you’ve got to go 100 percent no matter what,” said Sudbrook, who had two hits and a sacrifice fly to drive in four runs. “You can’t take anything for granted. You can’t take any team easier than any other opponent.”

After Sudbrook’s single, a balk call brought in the second run and Jacob Siegart and Jack Pogoreik kept the inning going with two more hits. Karl Wearsch’s sacrifice fly to left scored the fourth run, but the Eagles were just getting warmed up.

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