Avon scored two runs in the first inning, and it looked like Geneseo would take the lead when they hit a long fly ball to the left-centerfield gap with two runners on base. But the ball went under the nearby fence for the track and was ruled a ground-rule double, meaning only one run scored. Avon junior pitcher Julie Holmes was able to get out of the inning otherwise unscathed, and Geneseo was never as close to taking the lead for the rest of the game.
“They didn’t hang their heads, they kept playing, and we’re going to get better,” Geneseo manager Dave Pero said. “We were on the other side of this kind of game on Monday. You lose 29-5 or 6-5, it’s still a loss and you get back to the drawing board.”
Avon senior 3B Mindy Mazurowski hit a grand slam in the second inning and Holmes hit a 2-RBI single in the third inning to help blow open a 12-3 lead. Pero made a pitching change after that, but it did not effect the dominant hitting ability of the Braves lineup.
“We had eight or nine walks, and you can’t walk a good hitting team and put girls on base, because they’re going to come around and score,” Pero said. “You can’t catch a walk, is what I tell the girls. So if we don’t throw strikes, we’re going to struggle to get outs.”
Geneseo drops to 1-1 on the season and will take on Keshequa on Friday. Avon (2-2) plays Warsaw on Thursday.