AVON LAKE — Avon was only able to generate a little bit of offense Monday in its Southwestern Conference game at Avon Lake.
Luckily for the Eagles, a little offense goes a long way when Nate Brooks and Logan Allomong are on the mound.
Brooks and Allemong combined to strike out 10 while allowing just two hits in a 2-0 Avon win.
Avon (3-1, 1-0 in SWC) scored all of its runs in the third inning.
Shortstop Grant Mitchell led off the inning with a walk, Ryan Jones followed with a single and Tanner Egger drew another walk off Shoremen starter Ryan Shinko.
Eagles designated hitter Jack Roesch’s sacrifice fly brought home Mitchell.
Three batters later, Dan Ciarniello was hit by a Shinko pitch with the bases loaded to force home Jones with what turned out to be the final run of the game.
“It’s important to come out strong, get runners on base and score runs however you can.” said Jones, who was 2-for-4. “Scoring first is so important. It sets the tone for the game and shows the other team we’re ready to play.”
Avon Lake (1-2, 0-2) had a chance to strike first when left fielder Gage Duesler led off the bottom of the first with a single to left. Duesler went to second on an Ethan Shepard bunt but was stranded there.
The Shoremen wouldn’t get another runner into scoring position until the fifth inning when Kai Kuwalu reached base on an error followed by an Aidan Grabowski walk.
“On a cold day like today we tell our pitchers they’ve got to come out and throw strikes and make them hit the baseball,” Avon coach Craig Kirschner said. “Nate did that. He came out and threw strikes and gave us one heck of an outing and gave us a chance to win. That’s what we want from our pitchers.”
‘We have a philosophy that we have to score first, especially on the road. We did that today,” Kirschner said. “I think it’s a huge momentum shift when you get that first run.”
Brooks finished with eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Allomong, who held Avon Lake to one hit over the last 2 2/3 innings to earn the save.
“I had a lot of energy coming into the game,” Brooks said. “I know this is a big rivalry against Avon Lake so that gave me some extra energy. This will build our confidence up for the rest of the week. We’ve got three more games (all in the SWC) and we have to take them one at a time but getting this first win always helps build momentum.”
Avon Lake’s only other hit came in the sixth inning when Aidan Jantz led off the inning with a line-drive single into center. But Allomong again slammed the door on the Shoremen to preserve the Avon lead.
The Shoremen also had a pair of fine pitching performances. Shinko struck out eight and retired eight of the last 10 batters he faced before handing the ball to Jackson Armbrecht, who retired all five hitters he faced.
“When we go out and beat a good team like Avon Lake it shows we can compete with anybody,” Brooks said.