Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:12 PM
Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Patrick Stoll
The Avalon Black Knights posted its biggest win of the season with a comeback victory against sixth-ranked Gilman High School this week.
Avalon trailed 6-2 deficit in the fourth inning, but scored seven runs in the fifth and then hung on in the final two innings to win 9-8. Junior Billy Lennox again led the team with three hits, and senior Ian Foland batted in a team-high three runs.
Avalon struck early in the first, when Lennox hit a single then stole second. Senior Anthony Durbin scored the first run after an error and a fielder’s choice. The inning ended with junior Tommy Sanchez on third and senior Niko Sanchez on first when freshman Pearce Howard popped out.
However Gilman was able to strike back quickly and climbed on top early. Avalon couldn’t make it happen with its bats and had trouble on defense. The Black Knights Avalon added one run in the fourth but again missed the chance to do more. Lennox and Durbin both reached base, and Foland walked to load the bases, but Tommy Sanchez's attempt to lessen the deficit was shut down with a great catch by Tilley at shortstop; Avalon trailed 6-2.
Niko Sanchez was able to dispose of Gilman’s batters without much trouble in the fourth.
Avalon finally made the most of its chances in the fifth, exploding for seven runs.
Niko Sanchez walked, and Howard bunted and got to base. They then advanced to second and third, and Searles scored Niko Sanchez. With the score 6-4 Aspen Feldman then walked, and Gilman replaced its pitcher. That still didn’t help as Lennox then loaded the bases, and Durbin walked to make the game 6-5. Ian then brought Feldman, Lennox and Durbin home with a triple, enabling Avalon to take its first lead of the game at 8-6. Tommy Sanchez then scored Ian before another pitching substitution was made, and new pitcher John Locke made Niko Sanchez fly out to end the inning 9-6.
Niko Sanchez then shut down the Gilman side, using nine pitches to dispose of the three batters. Avalon was unable to add to their lead in the sixth. Gilman then tried to make their way back into the game, as King advanced to third before being scored by Grace.
In Avalon's final chance to add insurance runs, Billy Lennox hit a double and advanced to third. Then Tommy Sanchez reached first, with two outs, but to no avail. Avalon had to defend a 9-7 lead. Gilman managed to post one run, but fell short.