After coming up with a big upset of Council Rock North last week, Abington looked to continue its climb up the ranks of the Suburban One National Conference Monday afternoon when it took on struggling National Conference opponent William Tennent.
It didn't take long to see why the two teams were heading in opposite directions as Abington jumped out to an 8-1 lead after two innings. The Ghosts finished off the deal knocking off the Panthers and continuing its ascent a top the conference, winning 10-4.
"The last thing I said to them before we went on the field, I said ' we've got to get out here and we've got to get ahead,' Abington coach Dave Torresani said.
Things started promising for Tennent when three-hole hitter Vinny Case hit a shot to center field that was good enough for a home run at the fenceless Abington field. Case later hit another bomb to center field in the seventh inning, which he legged out for a triple. Case finished the day 2-for-4.
"It's good to see him get going,' Tennent coach Rick Penecale said. "The kid's got all the talent in the world, it just took him a couple games to get going here.'
The best player on the field Monday afternoon was Abington pitcher Matt McDonongh. On the mound McDonongh threw four innings allowing six hits, three runs, two earned. McDonongh did his real damage at the plate as he had a game high three hits and four RBI. All three of McDonongh's hits resulted in at least one RBI.
"We're getting some clutch hits,' Torresani said. "Matt McDonongh, our starting pitcher, has three hits today and four RBI. I mean he was clutch.'
Abington was very consistent all game, executing small ball plays. The Ghosts had three perfect sacrifice bunts and almost had a very nice hit-and-run play were it not for a good fielding play by Tennent second baseman Ben Zeitz in the first inning. Abington also showed discipline at the plate working deep counts.
"That's what we've been doing pretty much all year in the league season,' Torresani said. "We're getting good pitching, we're playing really good defense and we're getting some clutch hits.'
The small ball play of Abington led to Tennent making mistakes in the field as the Panthers committed four errors in the game. Abington was able to take advantage as it scored in every inning in which a Tennent error was committed.
"It's no surprise what these guys do,' Penecale said of Abington's offensive approach. "They get guys on, they advance the runners and basically they put the pressure on the defense to make the plays and today we just didn't do it.'
Abington is now over the .500 mark in league play as the win Monday puts it at 3-2. If the Ghosts can continue to play with confidence and the discipline it did against the Tennent it should continue to win ball games.
"The great thing about this team [is] they're a great group together,' Torresani said. "There's no egos, they're all playing for each other, they're fun every day/ (At) practice they're fun, they're just enjoying the game right now and I think when you're together like that, wins can happen.'
Tennent ab r h bi Abington ab r h bi
Kozlowski ss 3 0 1 1 Gallagher rf 4 2 2 2
McElroy lf 4 1 1 0 Stokes dh 3 1 2 1
Case cf 4 1 2 1 Bein c 2 0 0 0
Zeitz c 4 0 0 0 McDonongh p 4 0 3 4
Hefele p 2 0 1 1 Larini cf 3 0 2 1
Brodhag 2b 3 0 0 0 Rawdin 3b 2 0 0 0
Hatala rf 2 0 1 0 Hopkins lf 2 1 1 0
Hinks 3b 3 0 0 0 Dubree 1b 3 1 1 0
Lucas 1b 0 0 0 0 Coyle ss 2 1 0 0
Shapiro 1 1 0 0 Guagliano 0 1 0 0
Day 1 0 1 0 Breslin 1 0 0 0
Cataldi 3 0 1 0 Austin 0 2 0 0
3B: McDonongh, Case HR: Case
William Tennent 101 1100—4
Abington 351 001—10
ip h r er bb so
McDonongh (W) 4 6 3 2 1 6
Breslin 3 3 1 0 0 1
Hefele (L) 1 2/3 7 8 6 0 0
Cataldi 3 1/3 2 1 0 2 3
Tocci 1 1 1 1 1 1