Warmin­ster bat­tles past Hor­sham

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Tim Hindin

thindin@mont­gomerynews.

com Hor­sham and Warmin­ster en­tered Wed­nes­day night’s Lower Montco Amer­i­can Le­gion League game as two teams head­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Warmin­ster has been play­ing bet­ter ball af­ter a slow start and has rel­ished its role as play­ing spoiler. For Hor­sham, a team that started out 9-5 but re­cently sink­ing in the standings, yet found it­self one win away from a trip to the play­offs.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed that wH GLGn’W finLVK WKH wDy wH started,” Hor­sham coach Bill DeBoer said. “I’d much rather have this game mean some­thing for us win, lose or draw than hav­ing two weeks ago been out of it.”

De­spite the fact the Macs had play­off bid on the line; the Bull­dogs came out the hun­grier team. Hor­sham did not go qui­etly, but in the end mis­takes cost them, los­ing the game 3-2.

The game changed in the fourth in­ning with the score tied at 1-1. Kevin Devine sin­gled in Ryan Lu­cas to take the lead for Warmin­ster. Two bat­ters later Devine scored on a Hor­sham er­ror, the run which rep­re­sented the game-win­ner.

“Ryan Kelly, Joe Sim­mons [and] Eric Lane, those were the three guys that were in the po­si­tions they played most,” DeBoer said.

The Macs, along with their de­fen­sive er­rors, were hurt leav­ing run­ners on base as well, strand­ing six for the game. Warmin­ster pitcher Nick El­lis com­bined with steady de­fense con­trib­uted largely to Hor­sham’s of­fenVLvH GLI­fiFuOWLHV.

“I ac­tu­ally didn’t feel my best,” El­lis said. “I threw a cou­ple in­nings two days ago, so my arm was a lit­tle sore.”

With a sore arm El­lis tossed six in­nings, al­lowLnJ fivH KLWV DnG RnOy RnH earned run. El­lis looked strong through­out get­ting an ex­tra boost from the tight game.

“I think I had more pop in the sixth in­ning than I GLG Ln WKH fiUVW,” EOOLV VDLG. “When the coach comes out and tells you, you have one more bat­ter, you want to buckle down and get that bat­ter.”

Play­off teams should con­sider them­selves lucky that the hot Warmin­ster WHDP FRuOG nRW finG D wDy to re­cover from some close early-sea­son losses be- FDuVH WKH FRn­fiGHnW BuOO­dogs feel they could have made a run.

“If we could have just fought our way in, I think we would have done well,” El­lis said. “Things didn’t go our way, a lit­tle too many ties. We had plenty of ties this year.”

“It’s good to act as a spoiler, and keep our pride, show that we can still beat other teams and be ready for next year.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Warmin­ster’s Grant Opalisky steps to the plate with a pitch dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game against Hor­sham.

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