Warmin­ster bats, arms pro­pel it to fi­nal

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

Warmin­ster ap­pears to be peak­ing at the right time. Af­ter com­plet­ing a com­pre­hen­sive sweep of Hor­sham with a 7-0 game three vic­tory, it is clear that the War­riors are not afraid of ei­ther team they may face in the fi­nal.

“It was nice to see us come out and do what we needed to do,” Warmin­ster man­ager Dave Boice said. “We got a great start from Billy Shan­non, we hit the ball and we played good de­fense, ev­ery­thing we are sup­posed to be do­ing at this point in the sea­son which is play solid base­ball all the way around.”

The War­riors brought the lum­ber, as well as got a great out­ing from Billy Shan­non in game three and con­tin­ued to tor­ment Hor­sham on both of­fense and de­fense. Shan­non, the youngest player on Warmin­ster’s team, was forced to step up be­cause James Brown was hurt in game one, but he was more than ready. The War­riors’ hurler through a com­plete game, three hit shutout.

“I went out there and did it all for the team,” Shan­non said. “Ev­ery­one went out there and raked for me. I wasn’t re­ally ner­vous go­ing in. I’ve been pitch­ing all my life and I know to just use my tal­ent and go out and pitch. We had a cou­ple in­juries to pitch­ers, but I think we’ll be fine go­ing for­ward.”

Warmin­ster’s one through four hit­ters com­bined for eight hits, in­clud­ing two triples, five runs and four RBI, but the team as a whole swung the bat well. One thing that makes the War­riors so dan­ger­ous is the abil­ity to hit throughout the lineup. This was prob­a­bly the tough­est part for Hor­sham, whose pitch­ers never saw a weak spot in the four games. Warmin­ster com­bined for 33 hits in the se­ries.

“Our pitch­ing has been pretty solid all year, but at times dur­ing the sea­son our bats have gone quiet,” Boice said. “But the guys were pumped and ready to hit all three games in this se­ries. I think the fact that we lost four times to these guys dur- ing the reg­u­lar sea­son woke them up a lit­tle bit. Hor­sham is a good hit­ting team, so we knew we had to hit with them.”

Warmin­ster opened up the scor­ing in the sec­ond in­ning on an RBI sac­ri­fice fly by Danny Ro­man and an RBI sin­gle by Tyler Far­rell. But the game, and the se­ries, ap­peared to be over af­ter the War­riors’ three-run third. Back-to-back triples by Kevin Bray and Ralph Aurora plated Warmin­ster’s third run, while a run on a balk and a Bobby Arg­eros RBI sin­gle ac­counted for the other two runs in the in­ning. Be­ing up 5-0 through three in­nings and hav­ing Shan­non

weave a gem brought any hopes of a Hor­sham come­back crash­ing to the ground.

“We’re def­i­niteOy com­ing to­gether as a team right when it counts,” Aurora said. “So ev­ery­one is cOick­ing on aOO cyOin­ders and that’s nice head­ing into the cham­pi­onship se­ries. Get­ting ev­ery­one on the same page is reaOOy im­por­tant if we’re go­ing to win.”

The sixth and seventh runs came in the fourth as Aurora drove in a run on a sac­ri­fice fly and Arg­eros con­tin­ued his red-hot pOay­off se­ries with an RB, doubOe. Hor­sham made a coupOe pitch­ing changes af­ter that which shut down the War­rior Oineup the rest of the way, but the Oead was in­sur­mount­abOe and Warmin­ster took the se­ries and a shot at the titOe.

WhiOe Boice and the War­riors wiOO pOay for the cham­pi­onship, the sea­son came to an end for Hor­sham. AOthough dis­ap­point­ment is the over-arch­ing feeOing, man­ager Kevin Weaver was happy with the progress the Astros made this sum­mer.

“The bats didn’t come aOive in this se­ries, but Warmin­ster is a reaOOy good team,” Weaver said. “You can’t win if you don’t score runs. But, we’re happy that we came in third pOace. We are dis­ap­pointed with the Ooss, but it was a good sea­son. I’m hop­ing I can re­tain most of my pOay­ers, but I wiOO be re­cruit­ing some more.”

Warmin­ster wiOO pOay the win­ner of the Up­per MoreOand-1or­thamp­ton se­ries in the best-of-five cham­pi­onship next week­end.

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