ABINGTON — Ever since the 2020 Pendel Baseball League season ended, LOMA has wanted a rematch with Horsham. After Monday evening, their wish has become a reality.
The top-seeded LOMA Baseball Club completed a three-game sweep over fifth-seeded Bucks County, winning Game 3 3-0 at Alverthorpe Park, in the semifinals to set up a meeting with No. 2 Horsham in the championship next weekend.
“(Looking forward to the championship) since the end of last year when we lost to Horsham,” LOMA’s Dustin Kology said. “It’s going to be a nice rematch … It should be a good series, should go five (games).”
“We’re trying to get revenge for sure,” LOMA’s Pat Carney added. “We go back-and-forth, they’re obviously one of our biggest rivals in this league. A lot of guys play against each other in a lot of different leagues. It’s definitely going to be competitive. There’s going to be some smack talk going on. It should be a good series. I’m looking forward to it.”
The series-clinching win took more than 24 hours to finish. LOMA took a 1-0 lead Sunday before the game was postponed after two innings.
LOMA scored in the top of the first inning. Kology hit a one-out single, moved to third on a Bob Drozdowski double and scored on a Ryan Giordani single.
“In the first two games we were behind,” Kology said. “To get out early – it was very good and a big hit by Bob to get us started.”
That was all Carney needed on the mound Monday. He took over after Matt McDonough threw two perfect innings Sunday and kept the Generals scoreless for five innings. Carney struck out three batters to one walk and allowed four hits.
“It’s definitely different,” Carney said of pitching after the postponement. “You have to get up and get going from the start. Not as much time to cruise into it. (Catcher) Pete (Moore) and I had a good gameplan – threw a lot of strikes, got a lot of early outs, not a lot of baserunners, not a lot of trouble today.
“Fastball was on, circle-change and slider were working. It was good to keep them off-balance. They’re a good team.”
Kology added a couple insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With two outs and Drew Chiappa and Tim Lecompte in scoring position, Kology singled to right field. Chiappa and Lecompte scored and LOMA took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the final frame.
“It’s all because Tim Lecompte beat out that fielder’s choice and stole second,” Kology said. “He just made it easy for me.
“It was just a fastball down the middle. I know what to do with it.”
Carney allowed a single and walked a batter in the bottom of the seventh, but got a flyout to center to end the threat and send his team to the championship series.
Noah Hartwell took the loss for Bucks County. He threw two innings Sunday and five innings Monday for a complete game. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out seven batters to one walk.
LOMA 3, Bucks County 0
LOMA 100 000 2 – 3
Bucks County 000 000 0 – 0
WP: Matt McDonough 2 IP 2 K 0 BB 0 H 0 R
LP: Noah Hartwell 7 IP 7 K 1 BB 7 H 3 R
2B: L: Bob Drozdowski, Pat Carney