Antelopes come from behind for win

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By J.J. IGIMS

Fans are satisfied with games ending with the 10-run rule, but late-game rallies are even better. Avonworth competed against Freedom last Wednesday and pulled out a 5-4 victory after trailing most of the game.

The team seemed to lose focus as soon as Freedom knocked in three quick runs in the second and then another in the third, but Avonworth was not to be defeated yet. The team turned it around in the fifth inning when four runs scored to tie the game.

The ‘Lopes came out ready to hit in the fifth inning, loading the bases, with a run walked in to shorten the lead. Then, sophomore left fielder Brandon Cerminara came to bat and delivered a huge hit for the team, skyrocketing into right field and sending two runners to home.

By now the team was down by only one, still in the fifth inning with one out. Brach Herzig stepped up to the plate and laid down a perfect bunt that managed to bring home another run to tie up the game and get Herzig safely to first.

The run that put Avonworth ahead came in the sixth inning when senior pitcher/first baseman Chris O'Malley hit a bomb to right field that was just enough to place him on third. During the next at-bat, the catcher was unable to secure the ball, which prompted O'Malley to steal home, and gave his team the lead.

The game ended with Avonworth preventing another run in the top of the seventh, and a ground-out and two strike-outs by junior pitcher Thomas Donovan sealed the deal.

The 'Lopes are now off to a great start to the season, posting a 3-1 record. Coach Phil Coffin said they will be embarking on a challenging season: "I told them we will be in tight games all year long. They need to learn how to win. Once we can get that ball rolling, good things will happen. Today was a great win for the boys!"