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North Pocono Forces Deciding Game

July 8, 2018 GMT

SPRING BROOK TWP. — After breezing through the pool-play round, North Pocono’s offense struggled against Abington National in the first game of the District 17 Little League championship series Thursday. So, manager Jeff Hatala shuffled his lineup a little and the team erupted for a 13-3 win in four innings in Game 2 at the Robert Aston Complex on Saturday. The win forces a deciding third game scheduled for Monday at a site to be determined. Following the 9-3 loss Thursday, Zach Hatala was moved from cleanup to the number two spot in the lineup behind leadoff hitter Noah West. The pair combined for six hits — five for extra bases — seven runs and seven RBIs. “Our boys were hungry and we knew it,” Jeff Hatala said. “Abington is a very good team but we didn’t play our best the other day. But we focused, practiced hard and came back and played the way that we can play against this team.” Facing elimination, North Pocono broke out fast with four runs in the first inning. West led off with a walk and Zach Hatala roped a double down the right-field line to give North Pocono a 1-0 lead. Starting pitcher Cole Dymek followed with a double off the wall in right-center field to push the lead to 2-0. After a walk and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out, Riley Moore singled through the right side of the infield to bring home both runners and North Pocono led, 4-0. After sending nine runners to the plate in the first inning, the top of the order started off things again in the second inning. West smacked a home run to center field and Zach Hatala followed with a homer to right to push the lead to 6-0. “They were throwing strikes right down the middle so if it’s there you just have to swing at it and you make contact,” West said. In the third inning, North Pocono sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs to pull away. Nick Reese walked to lead off the inning and Anthony Santaniello singled. West followed with an RBI double to right and Zach Hatala singled through the right side to drive home two runs. After a couple of walks, Moore scored on a wild pitch and Aiden Bussacco and Reese had RBI singles to give North Pocono a 12-0 lead. “They were putting it down the middle and we hit everything like that in batting practice,” Zach Hatala said. “Everyone could hit them. There’s no way that we shouldn’t be hitting them.” Dymek allowed one hit in 2⅔ innings and struck out three. “It was his second start of the all-stars and we 15-run (ruled) that team so this was his big game and he was lights out,” Jeff Hatala said. “We pulled him at 35 pitches anticipating that we’re going to use him again moving forward.” West led off the fourth inning with his second home run. He finished 3 for 3 with four runs and three RBIs. “We were confident in ourselves with the way we were practicing and we knew we could do it,” West said. Zach Hatala had three hits, three runs and four RBIs. “I was a little nervous because if we didn’t win then our season was over and we’ve worked too hard,” he said. Contact the writer: hsmith@timesshamrock.com North Pocono Abington National ab r h bi ab r h bi West ss 3 4 3 3 Nazar 2b 2 0 0 0 Hatala 1b/p 4 3 3 4 Vida c 2 0 0 0 Dymek p/3b 3 2 2 1 Brister 1b/p 1 1 1 0 Klinwski 3b/1b 2 1 0 0 Nealon ss 2 1 1 0 Gentile 2b 0 0 0 0 Summa cf 2 0 0 0 Battle ph 1 0 0 0 Naegele 3b 1 0 0 0 Moore c 3 1 3 2 DWalsh 3b 1 1 1 2 Seidata lf 2 0 0 0 Abel rf/p 2 0 0 0 Busacco ph 2 0 1 1 Curtin p/lf/1b 1 0 0 0 Hrobochak cf 0 0 0 0 Rowlands ph 0 0 0 0 Reese ph 1 1 1 1 GWalsh lf/p 2 0 1 1 Berry rf 2 0 0 0 Santaniello ph 1 1 1 0 Totals 24 13 14 12 Totals 16 3 4 3 North Pocono 426 1 — 13 Abington National 000 3 — 3 Game ended after fourth—10-run rule 2B: West, Hatala, Dymek 2, D. Walsh. HR: West 2, Hatala. North Pocono IP H R ER BB SO Dymek, WP 2.2 1 0 0 1 3 Hatala 1.1 3 3 3 2 2 Abington National IP H R ER BB SO Curtin, LP 1.1 5 6 6 5 2 GWalsh .2 3 3 3 1 0 Brister 1.2 5 4 4 3 2 Abel .1 1 0 0 1 1 District 17 8-10 baseball Jamie Prislupski had three hits and three RBIs to lead Moosic to an 18-8 win over North Pocono in five innings in an elimination game. Nick Bohenek had two hits and Jason Posluszny drove in three runs in support of winning pitcher Chris Graff. Josh Kalinowski had three hits for North Pocono. Moosic will play Dunmore today in the elimination bracket final. Abington American 13, Dunmore 7 At Moosic, Hershal Patel had two hits, including a double, and four RBIs to lead Abington American in the winners’ bracket final. Reese Zalewski had three hits and Seamus Kelly doubled in support of winning pitcher Matt Boyd. Jamie McMynne and Jackson Cady each had two hits for Dunmore.