Barnhart and Kristman hit grand slams in Avon Grove win
● By Steven Hoffman
Lexi Barnhart hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to score the first runs of the game for Avon Grove.
Megan Kristman crushed a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the second inning to score the last runs of the game for Avon Grove.
In between those two big hits, the Red Devils scored 12 runs and collected 2 triples, 4 doubles, 8 singles and 2 walks. In the second inning alone, the team sent 21 batters to the plate and scored 16 runs. Brooke Salisbury singled three times in the one inning.
Avon Grove’s hits seemed to come in only two varieties: hard-hit shots that cut through the blustery wind to land in the outfield’s open spaces and well-placed grounders that were destined to elude the glove of whichever fielder came the closest to the ball. For the home team, it was one of those glorious days when things just went right―unbelievably, ridiculously, right.
Kennett’s two pitchers gamely kept pumping in strike after strike. The Blue Demons’ fielders kept their heads up even though the ground balls kept finding holes and the pop flies were wind-blown just out of reach.
Barnhart handled the pitching duties for Avon Grove, and kept Kennett off the scoreboard as Avon Grove secured the win after three innings as a result of the mercy rule.
The victory on April 20 improved Avon Grove’s record to 6-2 on the season. The team has ranked among the best in the Ches-Mont League for the last five years. Some of Avon Grove’s biggest contributors on this day―Barnhart, Kristman, and Salisbury―are sophomores, so the team appears to be well-positioned to continue the run of success even beyond this season.