Kelly, Hor­sham bat­tle past Roslyn

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Mike Prince


com With the school year and grad­u­a­tion al­ready a thing of the past, and more re­cently, the Car­pen­ter Cup be­hind him, Hor­sham pitcher Ryan Kelly has 100 per­cent of his fo­cus set on the sum­mer Amer­i­can Le­gion sea­son.

And if there weren’t al- ready enough in­di­ca­tions that the right-han­der is as fo­cused on his cur­rent team as he could be, then his per­for­mance on Tues­day night cer­tainly helped.

Kelly, the St. Joseph’s Univer­sity-bound hurler, tossed seven in­nings of one-run ball, strik­ing out 11 while reach­ing the low-90’s with his fast­ball to help lead the Macs to a 2-1 win over vis­it­ing Roslyn in a Lower Montco Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball League game at Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School.

“With the way (Ryan) throws, you just want to go to your ko. 1 pitcher all the time,” Hor­sham coach Bill DeBoer said. “vou just want to beat guys with him be­cause they can’t catch up to him.”

Kelly, who just came off an ex­cel­lent three-in­ning per­for­mance at the Car­pen­ter Cup, al­lowed just three hits and struck out the side in the first, sec­ond and fifth in­nings en route to the win.

“To start off, I felt like I was throw­ing a lot harder than usual and it looked early on like I was throw­ing pretty hard,” said Kelly, who also sin­gled and walked at the plate. “I set­tled in and even though I had a lit­tle trou­ble in the last in­ning, I felt good over­all. It’s a per­fect time to be win­ning. Teams al­ways go the fur­thest when they’re play­ing bet­ter at the end of the year. koth­ing else mat­ters and you just have to play well mov­ing for­ward.”

Hor­sham, which has been play­ing very well of late, now sits at 9-5 on the sea­son and is hop­ing to make a push with Hunt­ing­don sal­ley for

the top of the league standings.

Against Roslyn (6-6-2), the Macs got the scor­ing started in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, as Joe Sim­mons sin­gled and scored on an RBI sin­gle by Matt Red­i­can. In the fifth, Hor­sham got what turned out to be a very im­por­tant in­sur­ance run, as Eric Lane walked and then scored on a deep RBI dou­ble by Grant Opalisky to right­cen­ter field.

The Blue Hawks scored one run in the sixth in­ning thanks to an RBI ground­out by Sean dal­lagher to score .ris Carr who sin­gled to lead off the in­ning, but with two men on base in the sev­enth, .elly got the fi­nal bat­ter to fly out and end the game.

“Ryan helly is con­sis­tently putting the ball in the low-90’s and he’s a great Di­vi­sion 1 pitcher, so we def­i­nitely changed our ap­proach com­ing into the game,” Roslyn coach Jim Brett. “do­ing up there, we tell our guys to ba­si­cally go in with al­most a two-strike ap­proach. We just want to put the ball in play against him.”

Roslyn pitcher Matt Mc- Donough threw well de­spite the loss, go­ing 5 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing seven hits and two runs while strik­ing out six.

Trey duaglionona fin­ished 1-for-2 with a walk, while Carr and dal­lagher tal­lied the only other hits for the Blue Hawks.

“Our guys are fo­cused all the time, but with things wrapped up in high school and the Car­pen­ter Cup, our guys are re­ally just look­ing for­ward to the end of the sea­son,” Brett said. “We work out in the win­ter and lead­ing up to the sea­son and th­ese guys are re­ally com­mit­ted to the pro­gram and are fo­cused all year long.”

As for Hor­sham, Sim­mons led the way with two hits and one run scored, while Opalisky and Red­i­can each fin­ished with one hit and one RBI.

Af­ter scor­ing eight runs in each of the two pre­vi­ous games, DeBoer claims that he “jinxed” his team’s of­fense.

“The of­fense was on me,” he said. “I said I don’t ex­pect to score eight runs again, but let’s try to do it again.”

Hor­sham won the sea­son se­ries against Roslyn, win­ning two out of three games af­ter Tues­day’s vic­tory.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Hor­sham’s Adam Ar­ca­dia makes the throw to first af­ter forc­ing Roslyn’s Mike Pet­ric­cione dur­ing Tues­day’s Lower Montco Amer­i­can Le­gion ac­tion.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Hor­sham’s Robert Hoff­man pitches dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Pen-Del League game against Glen­side.

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