Avon Eagles notch sweep of Midview Middies in West Shore Conference

EATON TWP. — Avon won the battle of the long ball to earn its first season sweep of Midview in a while.

The Eagles blasted three home runs compared to the Middies two. After building up a nine-run lead, Avon saw Midview rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, they were able to hold on for an 11-9 West Shore Conference win on Saturday.

“We have a lot of respect for Midview,” Avon Coach Ken Matuszak said. “The first time we beat them in the last nine tries was last Thursday at home. We were proud of that. To come over here and sweep is just awesome.”

Avon (17-6, 12-2) used the long ball to open up an 11-1 lead. Kaylee Morton had a two-run homer in the first inning. Caitlyn Beltz hit a solo home run in the second inning, while Ally Sumser provided the big blow in the fourth inning with a grand slam. It was her fifth homer of the year. She finished the game with six RBIs.

“When I stepped in with the bases loaded; I knew it was time,” Sumser said. “After Kaylee and Caitlyn hit home runs; it felt pretty good. It was a fastball.”

The Middies (15-9, 9-3) started to crawl back into it, scoring a run in the fifth inning to avoid the mercy rule from going into effect. They plated three more runs in the sixth inning, but still trailed 11-5 going into the seventh.

After Eagles pitcher Anna Edwards got the first out, Kate Thomas singled to center. Amanda Beursken launched her second home run of the game — this one just right of center. It was Beursken’s 12th home run of the year and her third multi-homer game this season. The home runs also help Beursken add to the school record she set earlier in the season. The previous record was eight home runs in a season.

“I took a deep breath and relaxed and thought I was going to hit the ball.” Beursken said.

The rally continued with Cassie Haight doubling to left-center, scoring Leia Peffer, who was running for Lexie Hamker, and Trish Koleski.

“We got pumped up as a team,” Beursken said. “We had a talk and just to go out there and hit the ball as a team.”

With the tying run at bat, Edwards bore down. She got a ground out and an infield pop-out to end the game. The left hander struck out six, improving her record to 10-2.

Along with the home runs, Avon’s offense was impressive in the first four innings.

After Morton and Beltz’s home runs in the first two innings, the Eagles broke through with three runs in the top of the third inning. Sumser singled to center to drive in a pair of runs. She scored on an RBI single by Beltz.

A couple of walks and a miscue by the Middies’ defense helped Avon extend its lead. With two outs, Morton laced a liner which was too hot to handle and allow Kayla Wysocki to score. Sumser blasted her grand slam to give the Eagles an 11-1 lead.

Besides Sumser’s six RBIs, Beltz and Morton each had two RBIs. Though Hamker shut down the Eagles over the last three innings, the offense still has plenty of confidence as they head into the post-season.

“It feels good to beat a good team,” Sumser said. “It is good conference competition and we are playing really well. There is a lot of confidence going into the tournament. I’m excited (for it).”

Avon starts tournament action Tuesday when they host North Olmsted. Midview continues WSC action taking on North Ridgeville Monday.

Avon 11, Midview 9

West Shore Conference

Avon (17-6, 12-2) 323 500 0 – 11 9 0

Midview (15-9, 9-3) 010 013 4 – 9 12 1

TWO HITS OR MORE – Avon: Ally Sumser, Caitlyn Beltz (3), Anna Edwards; Midview: Amanda Beursken, Lexie Hamker, Trish Koleski, Carlee Grunda, Kate Thomas; 2B – M: Audra Clapper, Cassie Haight, Carlee Grunda; HR – A: Sumser (GS), Beltz, Kaylee Morton; M: Beursken (2); WP – Edwards (9-3); LP – Hamker.

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Last Updated: 5/11/2013 11:50:17 PM EST

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