CLARKS SUMMIT — Two swings of the bat swung the momentum and helped Abington American defeat Abington National, 13-8, in a District 17 10-11 All-Star baseball game Thursday, July 7 at Ackerly Field.
With his team trailing 8-7, Abington American’s Noah McCarty led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run to straightaway center field. McCarty had a hit in his first three at-bats of the game.
“I was just keeping my eye on the ball and hitting it hard,” McCarty said.
After Colin Davis drew a walk, Brodie Robertson drove a two-run homer over the fence in left field.
“It was a little high, but I like high pitches,” Robertson said.
Garrett Pietryka also drove in a run for American in the fourth when we was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Each team scored a run in the first inning. McCarty singled and scored on a throwing error for American while Charlie Hamm reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a passed ball for National.
Gavin Kerrigan drove in a run with a double off the fence in the left-center field and scored on an error, and Jake Kelly added an RBI double to give National a 4-1 lead after two innings.
American answered with six runs in the top of the third to take a 7-4 lead. McCarty singled and scored on a passed ball, Colin Davis was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a wild pitch, Jack Burke walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run, Nico Bossi was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch, Jack Sorenson singled to drive in a run and scored on a wild pitch.
“It was exciting to watch our guys battle,” Abington American head coach Mike McCarty said. “We got down early and made some errors when we shouldn’t have, but the guys came back and played hard. We talked about staying positive and things turned around for us.”
National regained the lead by scoring three four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Luke Morgan drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run, Kerrigan was credited with an RBI after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Brayden Grohs followed with an RBI single, and Kelly drove in a run with a walk.
American added two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Burke scored on a throwing error and Mitch Petty scored on a passed ball after reaching base with a bunt single.
Abington American finished with a 3-1 record in pool play and advanced to the double elimination championship tourney, July 12-16.
Abington National was eliminated from the tournament after going 0-4 in pool play.
Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.