AVON — It took almost two times around the batting order for Avon to get the big hit it was waiting for Monday but eventually Adam Novak delivered.
Novak’s two-strike, two-out, fifth-inning single scored pinch runner Zack Sarka to give the Eagles the lead as they held on for a 4-2 non-league season-opening win over St. Vincent-St. Mary at Sprenger Stadium.
Avon loaded the bases in the second and fourth innings thanks to six walks but in both cases Neil Strodtbeck was unable to deliver a two-out hit.
An inning later, Novak, a senior designated hitter and the No. 8 hitter in the Avon lineup, came through in the clutch with a single up the middle off St. Vincent-St. Mary reliever Michael Martin.
“Going down 0-2 is always tough but he hung me a curveball and I was able to come through,” Novak said. “It was all about the team, we had many situations where we had runners in scoring position, so being able to finally come through and help the team felt so good.”
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