Kelly, Horsham battle past Roslyn
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.
Horsham’s Adam Arcadia makes the throw to first after forcing Roslyn’s Mike Petriccione during Tuesday’s Lower Montco American Legion action.
Horsham’s Robert Hoffman pitches during Wednesday’s Pen-Del League game against Glenside.