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Harley, UD win over Abington

- By Ed Morlock emorlock @21st-centurymed­ia.com @emor09 on Twitter

ABINGTON » Upper Dublin’s Nick Harley thought he had his first home run of the season two different times earlier this week against Springfiel­d Montco.

Once it was ruled to have bounced off the fence and over — resulting in a double — and the other was called a foul ball.

Against Abington Wednesday afternoon, there was no doubt about it. Harley sent a two-run shot over the fence in right-center field to highlight the Cardinals dominant offensive effort in a five-inning 13-1 Suburban One League Liberty Division win at Abington Senior High School.

“I was due for that,” Harley said. “In the Springfiel­d game it went out and they didn’t count it — hit the top of the fence and then I hit a foul home run. I felt like today I was due.

“Whenever I’m up there I always think fastball and if it’s a curve just adjust to the curve. I remember my first at-bat I got a little jammed, so I had to be early on this one. It was all good.”

The Upper Dublin (9-4, 9-2 SOL Liberty) offense totaled 11 hits while working six walks and getting hit by two pitches. Harley, Kyle Rizzo and Jared Levis each had multi-hit games and the lineup combined for six extra-base hits.

The scoring started in the top of the first inning. Tristan Cairnes hit into an error with two outs, allowing a run to score from second base and make it 1-0. Levis followed with a walk before Leo Soriano made it a 3-0 game with a two-run double.

After Abington trimmed its deficit to 3-1 in the bottom half of the first, the Cardinals offense was back on the attack in the top of the second. Nick Lombardo made it 5-1 with a two-run double before Harley’s two-run blast made it 7-1.

Four more runs crossed the plate in the top of the third. David Sharp and Levis hit RBI singles while

Harley ripped a two-run double, extending the Cardinals lead to 11-1.

Rizzo hit an RBI double in the top of the fourth before Lombardo grounded out to score a run, rounding out the scoring in the 13-1 win.

“They lit it up today,” Upper Dublin coach Ed Wall said. “Obviously Nick Harley with his bomb that he hit, but we had a number of guys — Soriano early had a big rip to the fence for a double, (Ethan) Madnick was finding holes out there, too. These guys work really hard in the cage and they’ve been doing a great job.”

While the offense was putting up crooked numbers, Cairnes was working through the Abington lineup. In five innings, the right-hander struck out four batters to one walk and allowed one run on three hits.

“(The offense scoring) makes it so much easier,” Cairnes, who was throwing first-pitch strikes and commanding his curveball, said. “There’s no pressure at all. I just need to throw strikes and then I have my fielder’s behind me, makes it even easier. I’m just throwing to contact.”

“Tristan with another shutout performanc­e out there, did a great job,” Wall said. “Didn’t shut them out literally, but really was in control the whole way. It was really good to see.”

The Ghosts (9-5, 7-5 SOL Liberty) only run came in the bottom of the first inning when Matt Worek hit a solo home run. Worek went 2-for-2 at the plate, also singling in the bottom of the fourth.

LJ Wolfe took the loss for Abington. In two innings he allowed seven runs — four earned — on five hits. He struck out three batters to two walks.

Chase Wolf, Johnny Dzielawa and Brian Murtha each threw one inning in relief.

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