When scores have been close so far this season, the Avon Lake baseball team has found a way to win. At the start of this week, the Shoremen sit at 4-2 overall (2-1 Southwestern Conference), with all four of their wins decided by a total of six runs. They opened the season with a 3-1 win over Brunswick, then followed with an 11-10 win over Firelands. On April 7-8, they earned back-to-back close victories over Westlake (7-5) and North Ridgeville (5-4 in eight innings). In the win over the Demons, they led by a slim 5-4 margin heading into the bottom of the fifth and needed some insurance. They loaded the bases with nobody out, then pinch-hitter David Phillips hit a two-run double to left field, scoring Kevin McKinley and Nick Gorczyca to make it 7-4. The Demons got one back in the sixth, but the Shoremen were able to finish on top for the league victory.

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