Behind another strong outing from Junior right-hander, Trent Lewis, Avon Park was able to shutout McKeel Academy 4-0 to win their final district game of the season.
The Red Devils (16-3, 8-0) victory, Thursday night, preserved their perfect record in class 5A-District 10 play, and earned them the honor of hosting the District tournament for the second straight year at Charles R. Head Field.
Making his 5th start this season, Lewis pitched six stellar innings. He allowed just two hits, while striking out 9 Wildcats. The Junior faced a bases loaded jam in the top of the first, but once he came away unscathed, he settled in and sat McKeel’s hitters down in order the next three consecutive innings. Lewis improved to 3-2 on the season, and leads the team with 54 strikeouts.
At the plate, Shortstop Corey Leech and Second Baseman Dayvon Terry, provided the necessary run support.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Leech drilled a fastball to left-center, which scored Luis Perez from second base to give Avon Park the early 1-0 lead. The next at bat, Terry sat dead red on a 2-0 fastball, and bashed it over the left field wall for a 3-run home run. The Senior second baseman’s blast gave Avon Park a 4-0 lead, and tied Trent Lewis for most home runs on the team.
Red Devil Head Coach, Whit Cornell, said the win was another big step in the long road to get back to the State Final 4. “We played a really good ball club tonight, and were able to make key plays in the field and at the plate. Hosting the District Tournament, again, was something we wanted to accomplish, and now we gotta keep fighting hard to knock more things off our list.”
Avon Park will host Lake Placid Monday Night at Charles R. Head Field. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.