AVON — In what typically has been a battle between two sharp, well-focused teams that have played some of the best games in the county in recent seasons against each other, last night’s contest between the Avon and Brownsburg baseball teams was anything but.
The Orioles and Bulldogs combined for eight errors and with most contests that involve mistakes, the team that takes advantage usually comes out on the winning end.
Brownsburg made the most of its opportunities and handed the Orioles an 8-3 defeat as the Bulldogs advanced into the second round of the Hendricks County Tournament.
“I will chalk that up to the cold weather because these two teams will not have that many errors when we play for the HCC,” Mattingly said of the amount of errors. “These are two teams that won’t play like that for the rest of the year.”
For Avon coach Troy Drosche and his Orioles, they know what went wrong and will try to build upon the experience as they progress into the young season.
“We didn’t play our best game and I know (Brownsburg) didn’t either as there were a lot of errors in this game,” Drosche said. “The difference was they capitalized on our mistakes and we didn’t capitalize on theirs.”
Brownsburg came out swinging as leadoff hitter Mike Hartnagel started the Bulldogs out with a double. He came home a batter later on an Avon error.
In the second, a sacrifice fly by Caleb Sampen brought in Kyle Yeager and the Bulldogs led 2-0.
It was more of the same in the third as Hartnagel came in on a passed ball for a 3-0 Brownsburg lead.
The floodgates opened in the fourth as Sampen collected another RBI, bringing in Yeager again and then Garrett Isch’s two-run homer put the Bulldogs in a commanding 6-0 lead.