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Troy Athens grabs series win over Avondale behind hot hitting in finale WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Avondale hosted Troy Athens for an OAA Blue Division baseball game on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

AUBURN HILLS — On the outside of the division race looking in, Troy Athens played the spoiler role against Auburn Hills Avondale in a three-game series that concluded Tuesday, with the Red Hawks grabbing a decisive win in the Game 3 rubber match.

Athens’ hot-hitting overpowered Avondale’s pitching-by-committee en route to a 13-3 win in a shortened five-inning series finale.

Senior Joey Stark delivered for the Red Hawks with a pair of run-producing hits totaling four RBI on the day, helping Athens to climb out of a 3-0 first-inning deficit.

“Joey is a great kid, he’s our captain and he’s our leader,” Red Hawks assistant coach Tim Pence said. “The kids trust him and I’m not surprised to see that from him today at all.”

Avondale capitalized on a throwing error and some early hits to establish a quick three-run lead, but its offense fell silent the rest of the way as Athens pitcher Hunter Nelson found his confidence and settled in.

The Red Hawks scored four runs in the second inning, three in the fourth and broke the game wide open with a six-run fifth.

“We talked about having to have self-confidence and needing to believe no matter how bleak the situation is. We’ve been down before this year and have battled back and had so many close games,” Pence said.

Nelson didn’t allow a run over his final four innings of work to record the win.

“He was a little shaky at first and maybe aiming the ball a little bit, but he was a bulldog,” Pence said of Nelson. “I went out and talked to him and said everybody trusts him so he should trust himself. Then he didn’t give up a run after that. He moved the ball around with his off-speed pitches and did great after that first inning.”

Sean McConnell had two RBI, with Ben Smith and Kyle Sweeney each chipping in with one for Athens.

Avondale's Will Fahoome had a run and a stolen base, while Brendon Down knocked in two with a two-out single.

In losing two of three games this week, the Yellow Jackets’ opportunity to keep pace with OAA Blue Division leader Bloomfield Hills took a blow.

Avondale did manage to finish off a 7-4 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday, playing the final two innings after establishing a big lead before darkness set in to suspend play Monday. Pitchers Adam Mansfield and Charlie Smith combined to record the final six outs for the Yellow Jackets.

Athens won the first game of the series 4-3 with Stark driving in the winning run.

Last Updated: 5/16/2017 8:01:12 PM EST


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