HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: AVON WINS SWC OPENER OVER AVON LAKE

By Marissa McNees, The Morning Journal

With the pressure of an early conference game and the daunting Southwestern Conference schedule looming large, Avon held on to beat Avon Lake, 3-2, on the road March 29 in an SWC opener.

The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but as the day got colder, so did the bats, and even the pitchers struggled to get a good grip on the ball with the wind off the lake cooling things down more and more. An insurance run in the fifth turned out to be the game-winner when Will Kocar hit a line drive to left field, scoring Neil Strodtbeck.

“We need to execute a little bit better,” Avon coach Frank DeSmit said. “I know it’s cold and nobody really likes swinging a bat this time of year, but fortunately our pitchers came through at the end there. We got a little wild there in the middle.

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