North Pocono’s junior varsity baseball team was on the diamond Friday, playing host to visiting Abington Heights and fell to the Comets 9-2.
It was just the Trojans’ fourth loss of the campaign, picking up big wins over Dunmore (17-2), Honesdale (9-2), Mid Valley (25-6), and Scranton Prep (15-12) along the way.
In their first meeting of the season with the Comets back on April 11, the Trojans came out on top 12-5.
“It was a decent game and we’ve been playing pretty good all year,” said manager Eddie Holevinski.
“The kids have been working hard and the last couple of days we’ve been practicing in the parking lot due to the rain and that showed a little bit today.
“Coming into today we were 9-3 and that’s a pretty good record. We have five games left, with three this week and then two the week after so we’ll try to get wins down the stretch.”
Tyler Fisch got the starting nod on the hill, and took down the Comets in order in the first frame with some outstanding infield defense.
Shortstop Alex Gentile accounted for two putouts, scooping up hard hit grounders through the dirt and making the throw to first in time for the out.
“He’s (Gentile) been making some really nice plays all year at short,” said Holevinski.
In the bottom half of the frame, it appeared as though the Trojans were going to strike first when they put runners on second and third with two outs.
RJ Valenti reached on a throwing error, and then Cobi Edwards ripped a shot to center for a base-knock, but both were stranded when the final out of the inning was recorded.
Abington took control in the second, plating two runs, added one more in the fourth, and then exploded for six in the fifth to make it 9-0.
The Trojans responded in the bottom of the fifth, again with two outs on the board, when Jayden Hague worked a ball-four base-hit, and then Gentile launched a shot to deep left, rattling off the top of the fence for a stand-up double.
With runners in scoring position, JJ Dombrowski hit a two-RBI single to right field to plate North Pocono’s only runs of the game.
In the top of the seventh, Gentile turned a double play to Zach Smith on first, and Hague struck out a Comet looking to end the inning.
Jon Boruta blasted a double to deep center in the bottom of the seventh, but was left on base when the final out of the game was recorded.
“Abington seemed to make all the plays today and we were hitting balls hard right at them,” said Holevinski.
Page 2 of 2 - “JJ Dombrowski has been playing well at second base, Alex Gentile at short, Eric Marsico has been playing well at catcher for us and actually got moved up today to the varsity because their catcher got hurt.
“Cobi Edwards and all of the sophomores have been doing a great job and the freshmen are getting their time and starting to play.
“The whole idea with these guys is to get them playing time so that they can move up to the varsity next year, and they are doing a good job.”
The Trojans are scheduled to play Delaware Valley on Friday, May 11; Scranton Prep on May 15; and close out the regular season at Scranton on May 18.