Legion falls short of Zone I title; Post 72 gets edged by Avon in the final week of the season

On Thursday, July 11, Southington scored one win with a forfeit by Winsted and scored another win by turning eight hits into 13 runs scored. Joe Daigle scattered four hits over a six inning game, and Southington rallied to a 13-1 win.

“We had some good approaches at the plate,” said Verderame. “We’ve been doing a great job of that lately. If you look at the hits we have, we’ve been getting a lot of hits going to the opposite field. We don’t strike out that much, and I’ve been impressed with the way we’ve been coming along.

Avon

Can Southington put teams away, or will they lose focus when they have the lead?

That is the million dollar question, and it’s the only one that still haunts the Southington coach.

Southington led by two in the seventh inning in their first game against Avon, but they surrendered two runs in Avon’s final at bat and lost the game in 12 innings, 3-2, in a game with an eight day stoppage of play.

“We were up 2-0 in the seventh inning with one out and nobody on base. We just made some errors, walked a couple of guys, and they got a timely hit,” said the coach. “You have to tip your hat to them for getting that hit, but I’m proud of our guys for hanging around for those four innings after that letdown. An error got us again with a dropped ball in left field.”

The same thing happened in the second contest. Joe Rivera and Froebl scattered six runs over 6 2/3 innings. Southington was up 3-0 with two innings to go, but Avon rallied for four unanswered runs and a 4-3 victory.

“We walked a bunch of guys, and they came back,” Verderame said. “Walks killed us, but we still got to the last inning with a one-run lead. We made two errors to blow the game.”

That’s why the coach was pleased with his team’s efforts in the third and final contest. Southington took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and added runs in all but one of the next five plate appearances to win, 8-4..

“They beat us in the first two games with a pair of lefties, and we got out of our game plan,” he said. “We went back to it in game three by stealing a lot of bases and making things happen. That’s who we are. When we stick to that game plan, we can be very dangerous.”

So can the locals answer these questions and any more that pop up along the way? We’ll find out in the upcoming weeks.

“All we have to do is execute,” aid the coach. “If we do that, we can beat anybody.”

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