AVON - Practicing the fundamentals does help. It showed for the Newington 15U Post 117 American Legion baseball team Saturday against Avon.
In a back-and-forth game, right fielder Eamon Coggins hit first baseman Sean Hurley, who then threw a strike to Hank Penders at the plate to get the tying run at the plate as Newington won 8-7 in eight innings at Avon High School.
Avon had scored two runs earlier in the inning after Newington scored three times in the top of the frame thanks to a walk, single and sacrifice fly.
Coggins drew a bases-loaded walk to break a 5-5 tie. Andrew Bugnacki’s base hit increased Newington’s lead to 7-5 and Christian Rodriguez finished the inning with another sacrifice fly to make the game 8-5.
Newington had tied the game in the top of the fifth after Rodriguez drove in Coggins with a sacrifice fly and Bugnacki ran home on a wild pitch. Avon had scored four runs in the third to go ahead 4-3 and added another run in the bottom of the fourth.
Newington scored its first three runs over the first two innings. A wild pitch brought Hurley home to make it 1-0. Andrew Bugnacki made it 2-0 after Danny Braga was hit by a pitch. Erik Huffman provided the third run with a single to score Abel Collado.
JP Gieras, Danny Braga and Alex Bugnacki all pitched for Newington, which now improves to 7-11 on the season as Avon falls to 12-7.