Berardi tosses Warminster to game one win
Warminster’s Steve Berardi didn’t think he was going to get to pitch at all in the Warriors’ first two games of the Pen-Del ieague seminfinal series against Horsham, but when James Brown had to leave his start early after straining an oblique, he got the call.
And he rose to the occasion.
Berardi finished out the game allowing one run on five hits, all singles, in 5⅔ innings. In a situation where being thrust into a pressurefilled outing could derail a pitcher, Berardi stepped up and kept Horsham off the bases in Warminster’s 6-1 game one victory.
“I didn’t expect to get to throw today,” Berardi said. “You always have to be ready no matter what the situation. But, it’s a team game. Its never about one person. My teammates picked me up and scored runs. They come in and do their job, so I just had to do my job.”
Warminster’s offense was also on point, scoring six runs on 13 hits. Eight of the nine Warriors hitters had at least one hit, showing little to no weakness in the lineup. After scoring a single run in the first, second, third and fifth, a two-run sixth was the dagger.
Pat Traczkiewicz gave Warminster the early lead, knocking in Kevin Bray with an RBI single. Although Warminster probably could have gotten more in the second, it settled for one run on a Bobby Argeros RBI walk, but the third out was recorded on the next batter, leaving only one run to show for a bases-loaded inning.
Horsham got a run back in the third when Mike Kerns knocked in Jesse Goldstein with an RBI single. The Astros had a couple of runners on that inning, but couldn’t muster more than the one. Horsham never really got into a zone on offense, and although its pitchers did not do a bad job, one run an innings adds up over the course of a game.
“It’s really disappointing,” Horsham manager Kevin Weaver.“I wish we had put together some hits. We played hard, but Warminster played better. It was close until the end.”