CLARKS SUMMIT — Abington National outslugged Abington American, 24-11, in the second round of the District 17/32 City-County Tournament Aug. 10 at the Ackerly Little League Complex.
Abington American took an early lead when leadoff hitter Gray-Paul Bossi singled and scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Abington National pitcher Scott Gilbert allowed two hits and a walk, but also struck out three batters in the inning.
American added four runs in the bottom of the second to lead 5-0 after two innings. Nico Bossi walked and scored on a passed ball, Gray-Paul Bossi drove in a run with a double, and Garrett Pietryka and Gavin Lacoe contributed RBI groundouts.
American American pitcher Gavin Lacoe held National scoreless over the first two innings. He allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out three batters over that span.
National responded to the early deficit by scoring six runs in the top of the third inning. Mason Shay walked and scored on a throwing error, Michael Servas and Aidan Hopkins each drove in a run, Seth Blakiewicz delivered an RBI groundout, and two runs scored after a throwing error by American.
Blakiewicz held American scoreless in the third and struck out three batters.
National added four runs in the top of the fourth on RBI singles from Noah O’Malley and Gilbert and an RBI groundout from Blakiewicz. Servas also walked and scored after a pair of errors.
American cut the deficit to two runs in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run from Gabe Pietryka.
National stretched its lead again by scoring six times in the top of the fifth inning. Michael Stanton walked and scored on a throwing error, Corey Abel drove in two runs with a single, Gilbert delivered a two-run home run and Clayton Torbeck lined an RBI double.
“We’re very strong at the top of the lineup, but even the kids down at the bottom stepped up for us,” Abington National manager Ryan Mitvalsky said. “We have to improve our defense, we had seven or eight errors. If we tighten it up, we should have a shot Wednesday night.”
American scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth when Garrett and Gabe Pietryka contributed RBI singles, and a run scored on a throwing miscue.
National finished strong by scoring eight runs in the top of the sixth inning. Abel knocked in two runs with a triple during his first at bat of the inning and drove in another when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. O’Malley contributed an RBI single, Gilbert hit a two-run home run, Jake Kelly walked an scored on wild pitch during his first at bat of the inning and drove in a run with a groundout his next time at the plate.
Stanton allowed one base hit, but stuck out two batters to hold American scoreless in the bottom of the sixth.
Abington National will play Archbald at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at A.C. Field in Archbald for the County championship.
Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.