The boys varsity baseball team defeated Avon Old Farms for the second time this season, rallying from a 5-0 deficit and taking the game 10-9 in the final inning.
The top half of the first three innings were tough sledding for the Pelicans, as Avon scored two runs in the first and second innings, and a run in the third, taking a 5-0 lead, while the Pelican bats fell silent. The momentum changed in the bottom of the third when junior John LaFleur drove in a run on a fielder’s choice play.
Avon and Loomis went on to trade runs in the fourth inning to make the score 6-2, but a 1-2-3 inning on the mound from senior pitcher Charlie Biskupiak jolted the Pelicans back to life, as their offense exploded.
Sophomore catcher Gabriel Tirado and LaFluer opened the inning with back-to-back homeruns, and methodical baserunning, a couple of hit plunked batters, and singles from senior Tommy Cancian and junior Louis Hernandez gave the Pelicans a 10-6 lead headed into the sixth inning.
Avon would not go down without a fight though, and clawed their way back into the game. In the final inning, with the score at 10-9 and two runners on base with no outs, senior pitcher Davis Hanson came in at relief and managed to strike out all three batters he faced, securing the win for the Pelicans in dramatic fashion.
Up next, the Pelicans look to cement home field advantage in Founders League play when they take on Kingswood Oxford on Friday, May 13, at Kingswood Oxford. The game begins at 5 p.m.