Horn, Roslyn shut down Jenk­in­town

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By Brian Good For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

CHELTENHAM » It’s easy for a pitcher to rec­og­nize when he has his best stuff and when he doesn’t. Whether its com­mand, move­ment or ve­loc­ity, some nights are just bet­ter than oth­ers.

Fri­day night, Roslyn pitcher Matt Horn didn’t feel as though he’d be able to put up a dom­i­nant per­for­mance, as he found him­self miss­ing his spots at times, but that’s ex­actly what he did. Horn gave his team seven strong innings, al­low­ing just two hits and lead­ing the Blue Hawks to a 9-1 win over Jenk­in­town in Lower Montco Amer­i­can Le­gion ac­tion.

“Hon­estly, I didn’t have my best stuff to­day,” said Horn. “I came out and was walk­ing too many bat­ters and didn’t feel that sharp. Luck­ily it was one of those games where I could just put the ball over the plate and let my in­field do their job and that’s ex­actly what they did.”

While he may not have felt as sharp as he would have liked, Horn was ex­cel­lent all game. He hit his spots with his fast­ball when he needed to and used an arse­nal of off-speed pitches to keep the Jenk­in­town hit­ters guess­ing.

He didn’t give up his first hit of the game un­til the bot­tom of the fifth, when lead­off hit­ter Jared Smith man­aged to break through on a sin­gle to right, but it was too lit­tle too late.

“Not get­ting baserun­ners against a team like that will hurt you,” said Jenk­in­town head coach Brad Stetler. “He kept us off bal­ance and even when he would walk a guy and we could get a few men on we weren’t able to move them. He was able to get us to hit ground balls or pop­ups that would get him out of any trou­ble we would get him in and that’s why he was so suc­cess­ful.”

Jenk­in­town starter Adam Turk-karen had some suc­cess against the Roslyn lineup early on, but wasn’t able sus­tain it. He was cruis­ing through the first three innings but got in trou­ble in the fourth when he loaded the bases and was sub­se­quently pulled.

With Horn deal­ing and Turk-karen’s night com­ing to an early end, it was up to Jenk­in­town’s bullpen to keep them in the game, but they would strug­gle as well.

The usu­ally sure-handed John Con­toudis was hit un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally hard dur­ing his re­lief stint. While Turk-karen was able to keep Roslyn off bal­ance at times with his slower pitches, they were tee­ing off on the hard throw­ing Con­toudis, some­thing their coach sus­pects has to do with their tim­ing on his fast­ball.

“He (Con­toudis) is a great pitcher but I think our hit­ters al­most pre­ferred the high ve­loc­ity he has op­posed to their starter,” said Roslyn head coach Mark Troyer. “It was re­ally a tim­ing thing and they did a good job of ad­just­ing to John (Con­toudis) and get­ting good wood on the ball.”

He let up five earned runs in the fifth in 1/3 of an in­ning and got hit hard when he was in the zone, al­low­ing the Blue Hawks to ex­tend their lead and pull away for good to earn the win. Roslyn 9, Jenk­in­town 1 Roslyn Jenk­in­town 0102600—971 2000100—122 WP: Matt Horn (7IP, 1R, 1ER, 2H, 4SO, 5BB, 0HBP). LP: Adam Turk-karen (3.1IP, 3R, 3ER, 4H, 1SO, 2BB, 0HBP). 2B: R-paul Pop­pert.

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