Horn, Roslyn shut down Jenkintown
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.