S. ABINGTON TWP- When Abington Heights was in desperate need of a clutch hit, senior right fielder Alex Dequeiroz delivered with a RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
“That was huge,” Abington Heights head coach John Kelly said. “We couldn’t get anybody on (base) with less than two outs. We finally did and Alex got us going. We got a couple hits right behind her and the bats stated to come alive.”
Two first inning errors by Abington Heights allowed Lake-Lehman to gain a 1-0 advantage.
“We played a little nervous in the first few innings,” Kelly said. “Our third baseman and pitcher and freshman. This is all new to them, there is a lot of pressure. Once they got into the game and relaxed a little bit, the bats starting coming around and that was the difference.
Lake-Lehman built on their lead in the third inning when Vicki Cadwalader drove in Sarah Stacey.
Following Dequeiroz’s double, Alivia Pleyvak tied the game when she blooped a single over third base.
With Lake-Lehman threatening the regain the lead with runners on second and third with one out in the top of the fourth, Abington Heights’ pitcher Paige Harris went to work. The freshman induced two straight ground outs and kept the runner at third base on a single before striking out the final batter of the inning.
“Paige is very tough,” Kelly said. “When somebody gets on, she buckles down. She stayes very positive and is very seasoned for a freshman.”
The Lady Comets broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning. The combination of small ball and power produced five runs
Freshman second baseman Cassie Toth led off with a double, and after two straight bunt singles by Kiana Sladicki and Kelsey Sarafinko, Claire Laktos lined a single off pitcher Jordan Hodle’s glove, driving in two runs. The next batter, Dominique Emmett, added an RBI.
Then, after Dequeiroz reached base, Casey Wrobel homered over the centerfield wall. According to the junior, she was unsure if it had the distance off the bat.
“I was hoping,” she said. “I was holding my breath running to first (base), then as soon as I saw it (was out), it was just a relief.”
Harris slammed the door once more in the top of the sixth. After Kirsten Cope and Miranda Dembowski each singled with one out in the inning, Harris got the next two batters to pop out.
Third-seeded Abington Heights (10-4) will host on Wednesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m.