Hatboro-Horsham 3, Upper Dublin 0
There’s a wealth of arms, and then there’s what the Hatters are working with. After 17 games, the Hatters’ pitching staff boasts a 0.99 earned run average. In 13 league games, the number is an even more miniscule 0.30.
“It’s been something else,” coach Pete Moore said. “We’ve given up eight total runs in 13 games.
“I’ve had really good pitchers. I’ve had Division One pitchers that have gone to Penn and Delaware and St. Joe’s and Seton Hall, but I’ve never had a staff that’s done what this staff has done as a group. It’s just incredible.
“At every level of baseball, it just comes down to, if your pitchers can throw and if you play good defense, you’re going to win games. We’ve been fortunate to have guys that can dominate the strike zone, and it’s really paid off.”
Alex Crim made sure things kept rolling, pitching Hatboro-Horsham to its fifth straight shutout, scattering seven hits over his seven innings of work. The junior, who is the third man up in the Hatter’s rotation, also struck out eight batters and threw 65 of his 95 pitches for strikes.
“I’ve been telling people about this kid we threw today pretty much all year – he’s in a situation where he’s not getting as many innings as he would anywhere else just because of what Edge (Brian Edgington) and (Colin) Kennedy have been doing,” Moore said. “He’s a number one for a lot of people. Today was his first opportunity to get a league start. He went out and threw a shutout for us in a win that clinched at least a share of the league title.”
The Hatters can clinch sole possession of their first conference crown since 2012 when they travel to Cheltenham on Tuesday.
“Clinching a share of the tile is exciting,” Moore said. “We take a lot of pride in knowing that 2017 will hang on the baseball banner in the gym at Hatboro-Horsham forever.
“I have been coaching for 16 years, and that’s only the second time that we can say that. However, this group is greedy. They aren’t interested in sharing a tile. We want to win it outright on Tuesday.”
Eric Jester provided enough offense with a two-run double in the fourth inning while the Hatters tacked on an extra run in the fifth, thanks to Ryan O’Donnell. Colin Kennedy went 3-for-4 while Shaun Thomas racked up two hits.
Justin Horn took the loss for the Flying Cardinals and was one of three players to record two hits offensively along with Jason O’Gara and Joey Monaghan
Hatboro-Horsham (13-4, 11-2 SOL) will travel to Cheltenham on Tuesday, and Upper Dublin (5-12, 3-10) will be on the road at Abington on Monday for a non-league game.
HATBORO-HORSHAM 000 210 0 – 3 7 1
UPPER DUBLIN 000 000 0 – 0 7 2
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Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE Falls To Hatboro-Horsham In Low-Scoring Affair
Both teams were strong on the mound on Friday, but Hatboro-Horsham was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE on Friday. Justin Horn started the game for Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE and recorded 14 outs.
A Crim earned the win for Hatboro-Horsham. He threw seven innings, giving up zero runs, six hits, striking out eight, and walking one. Ryan Besachio took the loss for Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE . He went two and a third innings, surrendering zero runs, one hit, striking out one, and walking zero. Justin Horn started the game for Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE . He pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, and four hits.
Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE had six hits in the game. Horn and Jason O’Gara each collected multiple hits for Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE . O’Gara and Horn all had two hits to lead Upper Dublin Cardinal Varsity LIVE . E Jester led Hatboro-Horsham with two runs batted in. He went 1-for-3 on the day.
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