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Avon Lake Shoremen put on hitting display in rout of Westlake Demons
Avon Lake brought 15 batters to the plate and strung together 11 runs on seven hits to take down the Demons 15-4 in a five-inning mercy rule win.
“They put together a lot of really good hits in the fourth inning,” Avon Lake coach Kevin Marlow said, “We hit the ball hard all day.”
The 11-run rally started off when Avon Lake’s Kyle Kuhar hit a one-out, two-run double to put the Shoremen ahead 6-4.
After Kuhar reached base, Avon Lake had three-straight hits, scoring two more runs to take an 8-4 advantage.
Avon Lake scored five more times before Westlake got the second out of the inning. Matt Morissette then hit a two-run double to put the Shoremen up 15-4.
“I’m happy with how everyone played,” Morissette said. “Everyone is hitting and no one is slumping right now. We’re just getting hot at the right time.”
Brad Hamilton put Avon Lake on the board first after hitting a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the first, giving the Shoremen a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Brett Kiser drove in Kuhar on a single to increase the lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, the Shoremen tallied one run after Kuhar hit a sacrifice fly to center field, putting them up 4-0.
Westlake responded in the top of the third with a run of its own. Danny Strodtbeck reached on a double and later scored after Kent Axcell hit an RBI double. The Demons cut the deficit to 4-1.
Westlake tacked on three runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 4.
Ryan Nebraska hit a bloop single to right field, scoring Andrew Kettel, trimming Avon Lake’s lead to 4-2. With the bases loaded, Matt Leonard reached on an infield error, allowing two more runners to score to tie the game.
Westlake had the momentum, but Avon Lake responded with 11 unanswered runs.
“Tip their hat to them, they hit the ball,” Westlake coach Brendan Zepp said. “I used four different pitchers. First guy throws off-speed, they (Avon Lake) hit him, next guy throws hard, they hit him.
“It’s nothing we did wrong. Sure it’s frustrating, we had some momentum going. We get back to four to four, Avon Lake came back and they responded and scored 11. From there, it’s just an uphill battle.”
Avon Lake put together 12 hits, including three hits by Morissette, who also knocked in three RBIs.
The Shoremen will play Lorain at Avon Lake at 4:30 p.m. today in the Division I Lorain District sectional final and look to continue their winning ways.
“I think everyone is really focused,” Morissette said. “We just have to keep our heads in the game at all times. We have to make sure we don’t let other teams back into the game once we’re up.”
Avon Lake 15, Westlake 4
Division I Lorain District
Westlake (11-15) 001 300 0 — 4 8 2
Avon Lake (14-10) 310 110 0 — 15 12 1
TWO HITS OR MORE — W: Andrew Kettel; AL: Matt Morissette (3), Jeremiah Campo (3), Brett Kiser; 2B — W: Kettel (2), Matt Leonard, Danny Strodtbeck, Kent Axcell; A: Morissette (2), Campo, Kyle Kuhar; HR — A: Brad Hamilton; WP — Kiser; LP — Strodtbeck.
Last Updated: 5/15/2013 11:12:10 PM EST