Abington National downs Abington American to reach County championship game


By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com



Abington American’s Xander Davis had a single during American’s, 24-11, loss to Abington National in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.


Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Abington National’s Scott Gilbert struck out three batters as a pitcher and hit two home runs and drove in five runs at the plate during National’s, 24-11, win over Abington American in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.


Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Abington American’s Cole Kroptavich walked twice during American’s, 24-11, loss to Abington National in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.


Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Abington National’s Michael Servas had two hits and drove in a run during National’s, 24-11, win over Abington American in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.


Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

How the teams got here:

Abington American defeated Throop, 7-2, in the District 17/32 City-County Tournament Aug. 6. Winning pitcher Jim Miller recorded 12 strikeouts. Garrett Pietryka had three hits, including a triple. Gabe Pietryka had a double. Gavin Lacoe, Miller and Jason Thiel each had a single. Kevin Carr had two singles for Throop. Mike Mazzino had eight strikeouts in the loss. Mazzino and Zack Kalinoski each had a single.

Abington National defeated Carbondale, 11-0, in four innings, in the District 17/32 City-County Tournament Aug. 6. Winning pitcher Michael Servas threw a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters. Michael Stanton had a triple for Abington National. Corey Abel and Scott Gilbert each had a double, and Noah O’Malley, Corey Abel, Gilbert, and Servas each singled.

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.

Abington American’s Xander Davis had a single during American’s, 24-11, loss to Abington National in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-City-County-Davis.jpgAbington American’s Xander Davis had a single during American’s, 24-11, loss to Abington National in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10. Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Abington National’s Scott Gilbert struck out three batters as a pitcher and hit two home runs and drove in five runs at the plate during National’s, 24-11, win over Abington American in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-City-County-Gilbert.jpgAbington National’s Scott Gilbert struck out three batters as a pitcher and hit two home runs and drove in five runs at the plate during National’s, 24-11, win over Abington American in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10. Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Abington American’s Cole Kroptavich walked twice during American’s, 24-11, loss to Abington National in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-City-County-Kroptavich.jpgAbington American’s Cole Kroptavich walked twice during American’s, 24-11, loss to Abington National in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10. Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Abington National’s Michael Servas had two hits and drove in a run during National’s, 24-11, win over Abington American in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-City-County-Servas.jpgAbington National’s Michael Servas had two hits and drove in a run during National’s, 24-11, win over Abington American in a City-County baseball game Aug. 10. Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

How the teams got here:

Abington American defeated Throop, 7-2, in the District 17/32 City-County Tournament Aug. 6. Winning pitcher Jim Miller recorded 12 strikeouts. Garrett Pietryka had three hits, including a triple. Gabe Pietryka had a double. Gavin Lacoe, Miller and Jason Thiel each had a single. Kevin Carr had two singles for Throop. Mike Mazzino had eight strikeouts in the loss. Mazzino and Zack Kalinoski each had a single.

Abington National defeated Carbondale, 11-0, in four innings, in the District 17/32 City-County Tournament Aug. 6. Winning pitcher Michael Servas threw a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters. Michael Stanton had a triple for Abington National. Corey Abel and Scott Gilbert each had a double, and Noah O’Malley, Corey Abel, Gilbert, and Servas each singled.

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

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