Avon Grove scores key win over West Chester East

Photo by Brad Spahr

In the last two years, the Avon Grove High baseball team has finished first (2008) and second (2009) in the Ches-Mont League's National Division.

Last Friday afternoon, the Red Devils played host to defending champ West Chester East in an early season battle between the last two National Division winners.

And both came into the meeting in familiar territory, at the top of the league standings.

When the dust cleared it was Avon Grove who walked away with the pivotal victory.

The Red Devils got an outstanding pitching performance from Colin Taylor and plenty of offense to go along with it as they handed West Chester East its first league loss of the season by a score of 8-2 at Avon Grove High School.

Avon Grove improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Ches-Mont. They moved one-game behind East (6-1) in the Ches-Mont National standings.

Taylor tossed a seven-inning complete-game. He allowed just six hits and only walked one.

The Devils staked him to an early lead with a four-run second inning, and later plated three more in the fifth to go up 7-0 entering the sixth inning.

Avon Grove had 12 hits on the day.

Dean Roland led the way with three of those and an RBI. Taylor and Corey Snyder each had two hits. Ryan Gorman, Steve Barker and Mike Rooney all had strong games at the plate as well.

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