S. ABINGTON TWP. — In a game dominated by walks, 20 in all, third baseman Kaylee DeMatteo delivered a big hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Abington Heights an 8-7 win over Delaware Valley in a Lackawanna League Division 1-2 softball crossover game Monday.
Abington Heights first baseman Nina Kozar led off the eighth with a liner up the middle and catcher Catherine Anne Kupinski followed with a single into left field to give the Lady Comets some momentum.
“Once Nina got on, I wasn’t going to bunt Catherine Anne because she’s been hitting the ball very well,” Abington Heights head coach John Kelly said. “I told her to find a gap somewhere and she got a big hit.”
When both runners advanced on a passed ball, Kelly changed his strategy.
“We were going to have Kaylee bunt, but then the (ball) gets by the catcher and she gets the big hit. It was so great to see Kaylee get it. She’s really been struggling offensively and she came through in a big way.”
Delaware Valley (5-2) took an early lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Catcher Corrine Randazzo reached on an error and scored on an RBI single from second baseman McKenna Quinn, who scored on a wild pitch. Shortstop Stef O’Grady also singled and scored on a wild pitch for the Lady Warriors.
Abington Heights (6-1) answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Kupinski led off the inning with a walk and courtesy runner Emily Scarfo scored on a wild pitch. Pitcher Meghan McGinley singled and courtesy runner Jane Mecca scored when center fielder Alison Kane walked with the bases loaded.
The Lady Warriors padded their lead in the top of the third when O’Grady walked and scored on a throwing error.
Abington Heights took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Kozar started the rally with a booming double to deep left-center field. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when right fielder Lauren Olevnik drew a walk with the bases loaded. Second baseman Naudia Solan, who walked, and Mecca, who ran for McGinley, each scored when designated player Mara Hamm reached base safely on an error.
Delaware Valley tied the game, 5-5, in the top of the fifth. Corrine Randazzo, who walked to lead off the inning, scored when right fielder Amanda Floystad walked with the bases loaded.
The Lady Warriors regained the lead in the top of the sixth. Center fielder Taylor Randazzo, who singled, and Corrine Randazzo, who walked, scored when designated player Brianna Silva reached base on an error.
Abington Heights tied the game, 7-7, in the bottom of the inning. Kupinski drove in shortstop Cassidy Bartkowski, who walked, with a liner down the third base line and scored on a groundout from McGinley.
McGinley, who struck out nine batters, induced ground balls for the first two outs of the eight inning and fanned Silva after hitting Quinn with a pitch.
“I just had to focus on my timing and throwing strikes so the batters could put the ball in play and my fielders could do the work,” McGinley said.
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