S. ABINGTON TWP. — Alivia Plevyak and Dom Emmett struggled to get on track early in the game against Honesdale on Monday afternoon.
That all changed for the Abington Heights duo in the fifth inning with two swings of the bat.
Left fielder Plevyak and catcher Emmett blasted back-to-back home runs to lead the Lady Comets to a 7-5 win in a Lackawanna League crossover game.
After shortstop Cassie Toth singled, Plevyak, who had popped out in her first two at-bats, lined a two-run homer over the left field fence to tie the game, 5-5.
“You’ve got to stay positive,” Plevyak said, “and the team is really good with keeping each other up. (The pitch) was kind of high and I like them a little high.”
Emmett, who had grounded out in the first and fourth innings, followed with a solo home run to deep center field to give the Lady Comets a 6-5 advantage.
“Alivia’s home run sparked us,” Emmett said. “I was kind of struggling all day, but I knew how important (this game) was to the team so I just wanted to step up.”
Jessa Sablan, the eighth hitter in the lineup, added an RBI double to cap the rally.
“The bottom of the lineup really helped us,” Abington Heights head coach John Kelly said. “(Number-seven hitter Caroline) Mattise had two hits and Sablan had three.
“It was a big game, because we we’re tied with them in the district standings. It was a big win for the district seeding.”
After a loss to division champion Valley View in their last game and the district playoffs looming, the Lady Comets played with a sense of urgency.
“This game was so important,” Emmett said, “the whole team knew it. We were 100 percent dead-set on winning today.”
The Lady Comets struck first in the bottom of the third inning when Sablan singled and later scored on a throwing error. Toth added a sacrifice fly to give Abington Heights a 2-0 lead.
Honesdale answered with four runs in the top of the fourth. Mackenzie Dirlam singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, pitcher Faith Decker, drove her in with an RBI single. Sabrina Wood lined a sacrifice fly to score courtesy runner Lauren Krol and Jaclyn Martin delivered a two-run single.
Abington Heights pushed one run across in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Sablan.
Honesdale’s Aly Scarfalloto drove in Dirlam in the top of the fifth to stretch the Lady Hornets lead back to two runs.
Lady Comets pitcher Paige Harris, who scattered five runs and seven hits over seven innings, finished strong by retiring five of the next six Honesdale batters after Abington Heights took the 7-5 lead.
“It gave me a lot of confidence (when we took the lead),” she said. “I like having my team there for me, it makes me pitch a lot better and it fires me up when I don’t pitch well.”
Abington Heights (8-3) will host Scranton in a Division 1 contest on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.