Abington National edges Abington American in Little League pool-play game

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com
Abington American’s Lincoln Anderson had three hits and drove in two runs during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington American’s Luke Leventhal winds back to throw a pitch during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington American’s Luke Swank had two hits and scored a run during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington American’s Connor Griffin struck out five batters during 2 2/3 innings of a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. - - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington National’s Conner Abel had two hits during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. - - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington National’s Reece Vida had a hit during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. - - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington National’s Ryan Nealon allowed two runs on seven hits, over 5 1/3 innings, to pick up the win on the mound against Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. - - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
Abington National’s Zach Brister had a hit and scored a run during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. - - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

SCRANTON — Abington National scored all of its runs in the bottom of the third inning and held off a late charge to defeat Abington American, 4-3, in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29.

National’s Declan Walsh lined a two-run single off the wall in left-center field, scoring Zach Brister and Ryan Nealon, who both singled. National added two more runs when Thomas LaCoe drew a bases-loaded walk and Mark Nazar delivered an RBI single.

American’s Luke Leventhal entered the game in relief of Connor Griffin, with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the third, and recorded a strikeout to prevent further damage.

American scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Luke Swank and Samuel Specht singled, and Leventhal walked to load the bases. Lincoln Anderson drove in a run with a single and Brian Heard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

National’s starting pitcher Ryan Nealon, who earned the win, induced pop outs from the next to batters to limit the damage.

American added another run in the top of the sixth when Anderson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, but Nazar, who entered the game in relief of Nealon, got a pop out to end the game.

Nealon led National with three hits. Abel, Gavin Walsh and Nazar each had two.

Anderson led American with three hits. Swank and Specht each had two.

Abington National and North Pocono advanced out of the pool-play round and will face off in a best-of-3 series for the District 17 championship. The first game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 5 at Abington Little League and the second game is set for 1 p.m. July 7 at North Pocono. A third game, if necessary, will be played July 9 at a site and time to be determined.

Abington American’s Lincoln Anderson had three hits and drove in two runs during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-1-1.jpgAbington American’s Lincoln Anderson had three hits and drove in two runs during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington American’s Luke Leventhal winds back to throw a pitch during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-2-1.jpgAbington American’s Luke Leventhal winds back to throw a pitch during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington American’s Luke Swank had two hits and scored a run during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-3-1.jpgAbington American’s Luke Swank had two hits and scored a run during a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington American’s Connor Griffin struck out five batters during 2 2/3 innings of a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-4-1.jpgAbington American’s Connor Griffin struck out five batters during 2 2/3 innings of a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game against Abington National June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington National’s Conner Abel had two hits during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-5-1.jpgAbington National’s Conner Abel had two hits during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington National’s Reece Vida had a hit during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-6-1.jpgAbington National’s Reece Vida had a hit during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington National’s Ryan Nealon allowed two runs on seven hits, over 5 1/3 innings, to pick up the win on the mound against Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-7-1.jpgAbington National’s Ryan Nealon allowed two runs on seven hits, over 5 1/3 innings, to pick up the win on the mound against Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

Abington National’s Zach Brister had a hit and scored a run during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_ABJ-LL-8-1.jpgAbington National’s Zach Brister had a hit and scored a run during his team’s win over Abington American in a District 17 Little League baseball pool-play game June 29. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal
National will play North Pocono in a best-of-3 series for the District 17 championship

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

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

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