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Warminster appears to be peaking at the right time. After completing a comprehensive sweep of Horsham with a 7-0 game three victory, it is clear that the Warriors are not afraid of either team they PDy IDFH Ln WKH finDO.
“It was nice to see us come out and do what we needed to do,” Warminster manager Dave Boice said. “We got a great start from Billy Shannon, we hit the ball and we played good defense, everything we are supposed to be doing at this point in the season which is play solid baseball all the way around.”
The Warriors brought the lumber, as well as got a great outing from Billy Shannon in game three and continued to torment Horsham on both offense and defense. Shannon, the youngest player on Warminster’s team, was forced to step up because James Brown was hurt in game one, but he was more than ready. The Warriors’ hurler through a complete game, three hit shutout.
“I went out there and did it all for the team,” Shannon said. “Everyone went out there and raked for me. I wasn’t really nervous going in. I’ve been pitching all my life and I know to just use my talent and go out and pitch. We had a couple injuries to pitchers, but I think wH’OO EH finH JRLnJ IRUwDUG.”
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“Our pitching has been pretty solid all year, but at times during the season our bats have gone quiet,” Boice said. “But the guys were pumped and ready to hit all three games in this series. I think the fact that we lost four times to these guys dur- ing the regular season woke them up a little bit. Horsham is a good hitting team, so we knew we had to hit with them.”
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