Abington Leads Pittston City/Duryea

July 15, 2018

DURYEA — Back Mountain National will have to wait to find out its next opponent in the Section 5 Major baseball tournament. Abington National took a 4-3 lead over Pittston City/Duryea on a two-run error in the bottom of the third inning before a flash of lightning lit up the sky behind home plate around 9 p.m., sending the game into a delay. Fifteen minutes later, the rain began to fall at the Duryea Little League field as officials decided to suspend the contest around 9:30 p.m. It will be resumed today at 3 p.m. Abington has the bases loaded and one out with Thomas LaCoe at the plate and a 2-0 count. The two games slated for today will go on as scheduled. Green Ridge will face off with the loser of the 3 p.m. contest at 5:45 p.m., while Back Mountain takes on the winner at 8 p.m. “Hopefully, we can get the nerves settled down,” Pittston City/Duryea manager Lou Lussi said. “Maybe playing a doubleheader could benefit us tomorrow. We had like six or seven walks, and a lot of uncharacteristic errors. Hopefully, we can play two and get two wins. Hey, it’s only 4-3 and we have some innings left. The boys are going to hit the ball.” It was Abington National that took the early lead in the first inning, taking advantage of some control issues by Pittston City/Duryea starter Jeff Mazonis. After loading the bases with three walks, Mazonis got the next batter swinging before Michael Naegele’s two-run single to center scored LaCoe and Zach Brister for a 2-0 lead after one inning. That’s when Abington manager Chris Vida pulled starter Ryan Nealon, who cruised through the Pittston City/Duryea lineup, after just 20 pitches. He has Nealon and Gavin Walsh eligible for today as Vida pulled each of the boys before the 20-pitch limit. “There are three games to be played, so we wanted to hold Ryan back,” Vida said. “Our team is a bunch of hitters, top to bottom. We had confidence that they were going to keep scoring runs for us.” That’s when the District 16 champs struck. A single by Lou Lussi and an error on Nic Borgia’s fielder’s choice put two on in the top half of the third. Silvio Giardina’s sacrifice fly to center cut the lead to 2-1, and Mickey O’Malley followed one pitch later, driving a game-tying double to left. O’Malley later scored on a passed ball to give Pittston City/Duryea its first lead, 3-2. “Our kids were a little rattled, so we told them to relax. I told them the score was 0-0 and to keep playing hard,” Vida said. “Now, we will see how the delay plays out. I know they want to play baseball, so we will see what tomorrow brings.” Pittston City/Duryea almost escaped the bottom of the third jam — bases loaded and only one out — but the error on a ball popped up by Walsh scored two and gave Abington National the 4-3 lead before the game went into suspension. Section 5 9-11 baseball At Jenkins Twp., winning pitcher Aiden Lynn had two hits to lead Jenkins Twp./Pittston to a 20-7 win over Archbald in an elimination game. Preston Rusyn, Drew Cisney, Chris Scavo, Ryan Flaim and Brycen Martin also had two hits for the winners. Jaden Sweeney had two hits for Archbald. The later game, Dunmore vs. Back Mountain National, was suspended in the second inning because of weather.

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