2’HDRD, SRUGHRWRN sur­vives Hatters

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By An­drew Mar­cus

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com Af­ter Hat­boro-Hor­sham scored two runs on two er­rRrs in WhH firsW in­ning, SRuGer­ton’s start­ing pitcher Dan O’Hara de­cided to do it him­self.

Be­hind 14 strike­outs the right-han­der stranded the Hatters hopes of split­ting the sea­son se­ries with the In­di­ans. The 4-3 win was the sec­ond win against the GHIHnGing SuEurEDn 2nH Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence champs.

“They have a lot great hit­ters and they hit the ball toGDy,” 2’HDrD sDiG. “BuW wH were able to get out of some tough sit­u­a­tions. I tried to stay low when I was ahead in the count and chal­lenge WhH hiWWHrs.”

O’Hara al­lowed a lead­off dou­ble to Grant Opal­isNy in WhH sHYHnWh in­ning, wDONHG WhH EDsHs ORDGHG, but forced a ground out to end the game. The Hatters (7-4, 5-3) sWrDnGHG 11 run­ners in the loss. Opalisky had three of the team’s seven hits.

“In a game where we knew we needed to put prHs­surH Rn WhHP, wH sWruFN RuW 14 WiPHs,” HDWters coach Pete Moore said. “We did not make them make plays and we did not play the de­fense we are sup­pRsHG WR pODy.”

Opalisky was hop­ing his lead­off two-bag­ger was go­ing to make up for an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic blun­der in the field a few in­nings ear­lier. The In­di­ans’ Brett Hale came in to tie the score 3-3 in the fifth af­ter O’Hara reached on the er­ror.

“We had sec­ond and third and no­body out Ein the sevHnWh in­ning),” 0RRrH sDiG. “I do not ex­pect this out­come when that is the case. You have to ex­e­cute ev­ery day in our league to win and we did not play our best game WRGDy.”

The mis­cue also was the end of the line for Hatters’ sWDrWHr ZDFh 3rHnGHrgDsW, whR piWFhHG D sWrRng fiYH in­nings wiWh fiYH sWriNHRuWs. ThH SHWRn HDOO FRPPiW wDs nRW TuiWH Ds flDshy Ds WhH In­di­ans O’Hara was on Thurs­day.

“They have good pitchHrs, EuW wH EDWWOHG,” In­di­ans coach Mike Childs said. “Dan is our guy. He mixed his pitches pretty well and threw curve­balls in the dirt.

Hale was the lone InGiDn (5-5, 3-3) wiWh two hits on the af­ter­noon. Re­plac­ing an in­MurHG SWHphHn HinN in WhH OHDGRII pRsiWiRn, WhH lefty lifted the In­di­ans to vic­tory with his two-out RBI base knock off re­lief pitcher Tyler Markovic.

“I saw the lead­off spot as Py Rp­pRrWu­niWy,” HDOH sDiG. “I sDw TrHy (ZiHgOHr) Rn sHFond and I knew we needed WhDW run.”

The other big blast on the af­ter­noon was by the In­di­ans’ Brad SWROWzIus, whR wDs IiOOing in for Hink in the field at short­stop. The ju­nior ’s two-run homer in the sec­ond in­ning knot­ted the score at 2-2 and helped the In­di­ans for­get about the night­mar­ish first in­ning.

“YHs, wH PDGH Rur PisWDNHs, EuW wH piFNHG iW up DW WhH HnG,” HDOH sDiG. “WH have an­other tough one to­mor­row. We are go­ing to try and win as much as pos­siEOH.”

The In­di­ans will hope to have Hink back Fri­day for the night game against North Penn. They also hope to carry the mo­men­tum Hale and O’Hara pro­vided over be­cause in the Con­ti­nen­tal CRnIHrHnFH, WhHrH DrH nR easy days.

“WH DrH hHrH WR fighW WR WhH HnG,” ChiOGs sDiG. “WH FRnWrRO Rur Rwn GHsWiny.”

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