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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