Warminster bats, arms propel it to final
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 may face in the final.
“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 we’ll be fine going forward.”
Warminster’s one through four hitters combined for eight hits, including two triples, five runs and four RBI, but the team as a whole swung the bat well. One thing that makes the Warriors so dangerous is the ability to hit throughout the lineup. This was probably the toughest part for Horsham, whose pitchers never saw a weak spot in the four games. Warminster combined for PP hits in the series.
“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 during the regular season woke them up a little bit. Horsham is a good hitting team, so we knew we had to hit with them.”
Warminster opened up the scoring in the second inning on an RBI sacrifice fly by Danny Roman and an RBI single by Tyler Farrell. But the game, and the series, appeared to be over after the Warriors’ three-run third. Backto-back triples by Kevin Bray and Ralph Aurora plated Warminster’s third run, while a run on a balk and a Bobby Argeros RBI single accounted for the other two runs in the inning. Being up 5-0 through three innings and having Shannon weave a gem brought any hopes of a Horsham comeback crashing to the ground.
The sixth and seventh runs came i n t he fourth as Aurora drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Argeros continued his redhot playoff series with an RBI double. Horsham made a couple pitching changes after that which shut down the Warrior lineup the rest of the way, but the lead was insurmountable and Warminster took the series and a shot at the title.
Warminster’s Alex Bragin releases a pitch during a PenDel game last month.