A six-run first inning gave Farmington High School an early lead over Avon Tuesday at Buckingham Field and the Indians never looked back.
The Falcons saw strong play from freshman Alex Mangome, who cut the lead in half with a three-run homerun in the third, but the Indians held off any further onslaught en route to an 11-4 win. It was Farmington's first win over Avon in more than half a decade.
"We haven't been hitting well enough to get back from that type of deficit," said Avon head coach Marty DeLivron. "The first inning, they had a couple walks and a couple hits and all of a sudden it's 6-0."
DeLivron said he felt sophomore Noah Sittambalam "pitched well considering the situation he came into."
Farmington got off to a hot start with patient at bats and timely hits to open up a big lead and Indians pitcher John Arcidiacono was able to gain composure and settle in to get the win.
"I thought we did a lot of things well. In most facets of the game we did what we were supposed to do, starting with John Arcidiacono throwing the ball over the plate," Farmington Head Coach Mike McGuire said. "We preached that; throw strikes and we'll accept whatever happens."
Arcidiacono, a senior, did not start his high school career as a pitcher, but McGuire said, "we're a little weak in arms this year, so we asked him to take one for the team and as a senior, he did it gladly."
Indians senior Sean Fern got a base hit with the bases loaded, contributing to two of Farmington's runs in the first inning and added another RBI later in the game, driving in a runner on third base with a single.
"We had timely hitting. We hit with guys on base and we got up early," McGuire said. "When you get up early, sometimes you can get complacent and we talked about that a lot and made sure that we stayed in our game...we played hard-nose baseball, which is what we play all the time."
Indians lead-off hitter Tyler Hoffman, a junior, also reached base three times to set the table for the rest of the order. He was able to provide solid defense including helping turn a double play that put an end to the momentum Avon was gaining back.
"We caught all the balls we were supposed to catch," McGuire said. "I don't want kids to make spectacular plays. I want them to make the routine plays."
By the third inning, Farmington had established an 8-1 lead but Mangome's three-run blast brought the Falcons back into the game, even if only for a moment.
While it wasn't enough to help spark a full comeback, DeLivron said he has been impressed with the play of the young Falcon's star.
"He puts the bat on the ball," DeLivron said. "He's been doing a good job for us...he brought us a little closer and then we let it get away from us."
With a day off Wednesday, DeLivron said the Falcons will turn their focus to defense and look to find ways to prevent the game from running away from them in the future.
The Falcons travel to Simsbury on Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. game at Memorial Field. Farmington will face Northwest Catholic in West Hartford today at 3:45 p.m.
Editor's Note: The original version of this article mentioned Indians freshman Derek Fern. It should say Sean Fern and that error has been corrected.
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