AVON - Just when his team needed a big hit, Hank Pender delivered.
Pender hit a two-out single in the top of the sixth to bring home Sean Hurley as the Newington 15U Post 117 American Legion team defeated Avon 2-1 last Sunday.
Hurley singled and advanced to second on an error, allowing him to score the game-winning run.
Erik Huffman provided Newington’s first run in the fourth when he singled in Abel Callado, who also singled and stole second.
Alex Bugnacki led Newington with two hits, while Austyn Howe, Collado, Hurley, Huffman, Penders and Andrew Bugnacki all had base hits for the team.
Newington also got a solid effort on the mound between Danny Braga and Howe. The two combined to throw a five-hitter.