Ber­ardi tosses Warmin­ster to game one win

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

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.”

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