Colonial League Update: Loomis Beats Avon to Take a Share of First Place

Loomis’s Bobby Cecere ’16 (Yale) out-dueled AOF’s Matt Gill ’16 (BC) in an outstanding competition at Loomis’s Sellers Field. The 3-1 victory was an important one for the Pelicans, as it ties them for first with AOF in the Colonial League. After his victory, Cecere spoke about his mindset going into the game, “I really just wanted to attack the hitters. I was not going to pitch around anyone.” The Pelicans’ Ace did just that, and his defense was there to back him up when the Winged Beavers put the ball in play.  

 

Gill’s performance is not to be discounted, as he got the job done in the first two innings just like Cecere. The game was busted open in the top of the third by a scorching line-drive home run from Jake Witkowski ’16 to put the Winged Beavers up 1-0. The two-out blast was followed up by a deep triple from Avon co-captain Stephen Thibault ’16 (Sacred Heart). Cecere followed that with a walk. With Avon’s cleanup hitter Hudson Haskin ’18 at the plate, it seemed that the Pelicans might let this game slip away before it had really started. However, Cecere ended the rally by forcing Haskin to fly out to right.IMG_0965

The bottom of the third ultimately decided the game. Loomis’s DH, Will Thramann ’18, reached first on an error. Two batters later there were two outs and men on second and first. Avon’s coaching staff made the decision to intentionally walk Loomis’s left-handed three-hitter, thus loading the bases with two outs and Callum Slater ’16 up at the plate. The move proved to be a mistake for the Winged Beavers, as Slater poked one between the first and second baseman to score two runs.

Cecere would go on to finish all seven innings himself, not letting up a single run after the Witkowski dinger.

It was the errors that cost Avon the game, as Gill had no earned runs. The Pelicans did a great job of having long at-bats with Gill, racking up his pitch count.

The win was pivotal for Loomis’s chase for the Colonial League crown, but neither Avon or Loomis has clinched that trophy yet. Perhaps the most likely opponent to knock Avon or Loomis off of their first place pedestal is Choate. Bobby Cecere isn’t one to get complacent and give his best against only the strongest opponent, saying that Loomis’s next big game is “every game until our last on May 25th.”

Loomis will try to keep their momentum going as they host Kent tomorrow at 2:30.

AOF will look to get back on track with a home victory over Hotchkiss tomorrow at 2:30.