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Avon Grove baseball earns a walk-off win over Coatesville

05/22/2024 09:19AM ● By Adam Waxman

Photo courtesy of Avon Grove Baseball

After a 10-2 rout of the Kennett Blue Demons on May 8, the Avon Grove baseball team (11-7 overall) looked to make it two wins in a row as it hosted Coatesville (10-9 overall) on Monday.

Avon Grove emerged victorious, winning 2-1 via a walk-off single by Jon LeStourgeon

Getting the start for Avon Grove was senior Brayden Gregg, who struck out five batters while allowing four hits over four innings. Gregg kept the Red Raiders off the scoreboard.

The contest became a pitchers duel through the first four innings, as both sides only combined for five hits. 

As for Coatesville, Jayden Guiseppe went just shy of a complete game as his 6.1 innings of work saw him strike out five Avon Grove batters, allowing two runs on five hits. 

A triple by Aidan Casey set the stage for LeStourgeon as he drove home the first run of the game with an RBI single to right field, giving Avon Grove a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the fifth.

With only three outs to play with, needing a run to tie the game, a pair of walks issued by Avon Grove closer Jake Holdren allowed the tying run to come home and score on a wild pitch. Holdren was able to get out of the jam, giving his team a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the seventh.

The Red Raiders sent Sean Kinzler to the mound in an attempt to salvage the game and send it to extra innings. 

Back-to-back singles by Josh Parsons and Logan Nelson gave Jackson Mills a chance to be the hero. 

Mills laid down a bunt to advance both Parsons and Nelson into scoring position for LeStourgeon. 

On the fourth pitch of his at-bat, the senior second baseman lined a walk-off single to right, allowing Parsons to cruise home for the 2-1 victory. 

For Avon Grove, this was the 12th win of the season, and they went on to pick up win No. 13 when they defeated Hatboro-Horsham, 10-0, on May 16. That win was highlighted by Trevor Dosenbach, who hit for the cycle.