The varsity baseball team defeated Avon Old Farms 5-3 on Wednesday, May 25, to capture the inaugural Founders League Tournament title, capping off one of the program’s best seasons under head coach Donnie McKillop.
In front of a crowd of more than 1,000 people, the Winged Beavers and Pelicans put on a defensive show in the first three innings, but the Pelicans took the lead in the fourth inning when junior infielder Aidan Healy ripped a two-run home run into left field.
The Pelicans added to their lead the following inning when sophomore Gabriel Tirado drove in a run, bringing the score to 3-0.
Avon did not go down without a fight. though, as the Winged Beavers clawed their way back into the game and tied the score in the sixth inning with three runs of their own.
After two scoreless innings, the tie was broken in the eighth inning when Aidan Healy hit a two-run double to give the Pelicans a 5-3 lead and leaving the Loomis defense with the job of recording the three final outs of the game to seal the championship.
Avon managed to load the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth, quieting the fans, but senior pitcher Davis Hanson came in at relief and retired the next three batters in dramatic fashion.
“These guys worked so hard and trusted our game plan and trusted one another, and to see our season end this way and be able to win the last one is something they will never forget,” Coach McKillop said. “We also owe a special thank you to all the fans who made this such an amazing moment.”
It was the third time this spring that the Loomis team has beaten Avon Old Farms, and the win capped off an 18-2 season for the Pelicans, who also won the regular-season Founders League title.