Sal­ley pulls out win over Roslyn

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

mprince@mont­gomerynews.

com Af­ter split­ting the first two meet­ings of the sea­son, the two teams who cur­rently sit atop the standings in the Lower Montco Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball league standings squared off the for the rub­ber game of the headto-head se­ries.

And while things were even in what was an early pitcher’s duel be­tween Hunt­ing­don sal­ley and Roslyn, things quickly went south for the Blue Hawks, who just couldn’t keep the sal­ley bats quiet any longer

sal­ley put up three runs in the top of the sixth in­ning to prompt the team to a 4-1 win over the Blue Hawks at Roslyn Park on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“It’s al­ways a chal­lenge to beat Roslyn,” sal­ley coach Evan Horn said. “We usu­ally don’t do it ev­ery year, but we did it two out of three times this year and I con­sider it an honor to even be able to say that.

With the two teams tied at 1-1 in the top of the sixth, the sal­ley bats came alive, as Ryan Killion was hit by a pitch and then scored on a long dou­ble to left field by Matt Lawlor to put sal­ley up 2-1 with the even­tual gamewin­ning run. The team wasn’t done there, how­ever, as Lawlor scored on an RBI triple to deep right field by Brick Buck­ley, who then scored on an RBI sin­gle by Lou Palmer.

With the com­fort­able lead, sal­ley pitcher Sean Weiss, who was al­ready deal­ing, cruised to the com­plete game vic­tory.

“Sean has been a work­horse all year for us,” Horn said. “In my eyes, he’s one of the best pitch­ers in the league and keeps the ball low and de­pends on his de­fense with a lot of ground­balls. He isn’t scared to pitch in­side on bat­ters and usu­ally racks up strike­outs. He’s well-con­di­tioned and that’s re­ally it.”

Weiss, a righty, tossed seven in­nings of six-hit ball, al­low­ing just one run and one walk while strik­ing out six bat­ters.

“Sean pitched great, went the dis­tance and we got some big hits for him,” sal­ley’s Jor­dan Pocrass said. “Roslyn is a big ri­val and that was a big win for us and it was a big booster in con­fi­dence as we get ready to make a run in the play­offs.”

Roslyn (6-5-2) scored its lone run in the bot­tom of the third in­ning when C.J. Bren­nan crossed home plate on an RBI sin­gle by Bren­dan Gal­lagher to tie things up at 1-1. sal­ley had scored ear­lier, as Lawlor was driven in on an RBI sin­gle by Palmer in the top of the sec­ond.

The Blue Hawks were led by Trey Guaglionona and Matthew McCormick, who each went 2-for-3. Gal­lagher fin­ished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Justin Stokes got the start and took the loss af­ter al­low­ing two runs and two hits in five in­nings of work. Stokes pitched very well, but didn’t get much of­fen­sive sup­port and was pulled af­ter hit­ting the lead­off hit­ter in the top of the sixth.

“Our start­ing pitcher pitched in­cred­i­ble and kept us in the ball­game all night, but un­for­tu­nately, we weren’t able to hold the game for him and lost the game,” Roslyn coach Jim Brett said of Stokes, who pitched his first game of the sea­son for the Blue Hawks. “He still gave us ev­ery­thing we could’ve asked for and gave us the op­por­tu­nity to win.

“Hunt­ing­don sal­ley bat­tled all night with us and came up big in the sixth in­ning against one of our top re­liev­ers (Eric Tid­well) and they cap­i­tal­ized on that for the win. Of­fen­sively, we just didn’t get it done last night. We had plenty of guys in scor­ing po­si­tion, but just couldn’t get them in when we needed it. sal­ley is a first-place team and earned the win and they showed why they’re a first-place team.”

sal­ley was led by Lawlor, who fin­ished 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Palmer fin­ished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Buck­ley went 1-for-3 with the RBI triple and a run scored.

The win kept sal­ley in first place in the league standings and im­proved its record to 9-3-2 over­all.

“We’re play­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence and a lit­tle bit of swag­ger, which I love,” Horn said. “Ev­ery kid on the team is con­tribut­ing of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively and they’re do­ing ev­ery­thing I ask them to do. This has been a com­plete team ef­fort with­out a sin­gle su­per­star on the team. It’s just a great group of guys who en­joy play­ing with each other.”

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