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but had that bro­ken up when Eric Jester sin­gled with two out in the first in­ning.

The Gen­er­als got their first run on some of their trade­mark ag­gres­sion in the sec­ond in­ning. On Al­bert John’s sin­gle, Boni­tat­i­bus sent Wein­berg home from third, but a smart re­lay by the Hor­sham in­field led to catcher Pa­trick Mur­phy tag­ging out Wein­berg. Un­de­terred, when Joey Mon­aghan laid down a great bunt in the next at­bat, Boni­tat­i­bus sent John, who had ad­vanced on the re­lay, home.

John made an ath­letic slide, slip­ping un­der Mur­phy’s tag and reach­ing back to touch home for the first run.

“We’re go­ing to be ag­gres­sive, it’s one thing we’re known for,” Boni­tat­i­bus said. “We try to make things hap­pen. I’ve found out over the years when you sit back, things don’t hap­pen so we try to go make them hap­pen. For­tu­nately we were able to do that, get on the board early and things just kind of rolled from there.”

Things cer­tainly did roll. Fort Wash­ing­ton plated five runs on just two hits in the third in­ning with the big play be­ing a two-run er­ror af­ter Jack Jami­son had a bat break in his hands putting a ball in play. On top of the nine walks, Hor­sham hit four bat­ters and com­mit­ted four er­rors.

The Gen­er­als plated three runs in the fourth in­ning without a hit, with two runs walked in and the third com­ing around on a hit bat­ter.

“We saw they weren’t get­ting strikes so you kind of make a box in your mind,” Wein­berg said. “If it’s there and it’s your pitch, you swing but if not, you just let it go.”

Boni­tat­i­bus noted his team has been for­tu­nate to have played all of its games without too many make-ups and was able to get Horn and Bres­lin, his other top arms, in for some work on Fri­day. The Gen­er­als wrap up the reg­u­lar sea­son on Tues­day when they take on Roslyn in their an­nual 4th of July game.

Josh Heeb­ner had the only other hits for Hor­sham, a sec­ond in­ning sin­gle and fifth in­ning dou­ble. Mur­phy, who took a lot of pun­ish­ment be­hind the plate, drew a walk in his first plate ap­pear­ance and had the de­fen­sive play of the game.

In the fourth, Fort’s Ri­ley Brink skied a pop-up straight up into the air, with Mur­phy un­able to lo­cate it at first. Once he did, the catcher was able to run af­ter it and made a slid­ing catch right at the back­stop fence for the out, which drew a round of ap­plause from fans watch­ing on both sides of the field.

“He played JV for me but I don’t think he caught an in­ning for us,” De­boer said of Mur­phy, who played first base in the spring. “i told him, bring your gear be­cause you will be catch­ing in Le­gion. He knows what to do and he had a pretty good game. He hung tough in there.”

The Gen­er­als added four more runs in the fifth in­ning, again tak­ing ad­van­tage of walks to load the bases with John and Wein­berg draw­ing bases-loaded walks and Mon­aghan de­liv­er­ing an RBI sin­gle.

Wein­berg, who is at­tend­ing Vir­ginia Tech in the fall to ma­jor in en­gi­neer­ing, said he’s hop­ing to take this sea­son as far as it can go. Fort Wash­ing­ton hasn’t qual­i­fied for the re­gional tour­na­ment in the past two sea­sons, so that’s a streak he and his fel­low grad­u­ates want to snap this year.

The LML tour­na­ment be­gins af­ter the hol­i­day next week.

“The goal is to win the league and then it’s re­gion­als,” Wein­berg said. “I haven’t been there but Justin (Horn) has and the ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve heard, all the sto­ries, it sounds awe­some and I would love to get there.” Fort Wash­ing­ton Hor­sham 01534—1361 00000—034 2B: Josh Heeb­ner (H). Mul­ti­ple hits: Heeb­ner 2-2

RACHEL WIS­NIEWSKI — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

David Keller pitches for Fort Wash­ing­ton against Hor­sham on June 30.

RACHEL WIS­NIEWSKI — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Max Wein­berg (right) ducks to avoid be­ing hit by the ball.

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