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