SPRING BROOK TWP. — North Pocono defeated Abington American, 11-1, in four innings, in the District 17 10-11 year-old baseball championship July 11 at the Robert Aston Baseball Complex.
North Pocono struck for four runs in the first innings off Abington American pitcher Jacob Anderson. Third baseman Damarco Maglio walked to drive in a run, catcher Kyle Serine singled in a run, and pitcher Payton Lee drove in two runs with a single.
“Right out of pool play, we’ve been hitting the ball great,” North Pocono head coach Leon Gioupis said. “All of the coach’s arms are ready to fall off….we’ve been throwing so many pitches to them. It’s just a credit to the kids hard work and dedication.”
Shortstop Ryan Ruddy provided a sacrifice fly in the second inning to give North Pocono a 5-0 lead.
Abington American cut the lead to 5-1 in the third inning on an RBI groundout from shortstop Mike Show.
Lee limited Abington American to three hits, a single and double from Anderson and a single from third baseman Luciano Medico.
“He’s been consistent all year,” North Pocono head coach Leon Gioupis said. “All these kids work real hard and Payton has been one of our workhorses for the last two years.”
North Pocono added six more runs in the fourth inning to end the game as the result of the 10-run rule. First baseman Jake Millan knocked in a run, pinch hitter Chance Grube scored on a throwing error, Ruddy drove in two runs, and Serine delivered the game-clinching two-run single.
“Despite the lopsided score,” Abington American head coach Phil Medico was proud of his team’s effort.
“We had a gifted bunch of boys,” Medico said. “They were exceptional baseball players. They beat every single team except for this one…and we really wanted to do it, but they have a heck of a team.”
Medico also praised his team’s sportsmanship and attitude throughout the season.
“As great a group of baseball players that we have, they’re better kids,” he said. “It was an absolute pleasure to have been able to coach these boys.”