AVON — The unpredictable Northeast Ohio weather held up just long enough Thursday afternoon for Avon and Midview to complete a game highlighted by fireworks and controversy.
The Eagles and Middies needed every second of playable weather, as the Southwestern Conference showdown wasn’t decided until an event-filled seventh inning at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The Middies’ final rally was the difference for a 5-4 win.
Logan Doenges pitches for Avon at All Pro Freight Stadium on Thursday, March 31. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
Midview improved to 3-0 overall, with all the wins inside the conference. Avon fell to 2-2.
“Being down for most of the game and being able to come back in the last inning is a big win for us,” Midview coach Todd Ratica said. “Our goal this year is to contend for a conference championship and Avon is one of the better teams in it.”
It looked as if Avon was going to escape with a 3-2 victory, as it had all the momentum going into the final inning.
The momentum started to slip away when Midview opened the top of the inning with singles by Cam Large and Aaron Mitchell. One batter later, Gavin Taulbee smashed a ground-rule double to left field to tie the game with one out.
After a strikeout, Avon pitcher Shane Docherty had Dylan Brister down 0-2 when he hit a ground ball to the right side. First baseman Will Kocar made the stop, but the toss to Docherty was wide and both runners scored for a 5-3 lead.
“We just have to work on keeping our composure in situations like that,” Avon coach Frank DeSmit said. “We had the lead and we just weren’t able to close it out there at the end.”
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