HORSHAM — The Horsham Macs have a clear goal in mind.
Thanks to a crazy amount of weather-induced postponements early in the Lower Montco Legion schedule, Horsham has a busy finish with the league season ending July 9. It’s a challenge the Macs are up for because they know if they play well enough, there’s a playoff spot at stake.
Weather stuck its nose into proceedings on Tuesday, but Horsham was still able to walk away with a 5-0 win over Centennial in five innings before rain and lightning ended the game.
Pitcher Jimmy Tooley set the pace, striking out nine while allowing just one hit.
“The fastball was looking good today,” Tooley, a rising junior at Hatboro-Horsham said. “I didn’t feel as good with the curveball so I stuck with the fastball most of the time, brought the change-up in and tried to keep hitters off balance with the speed differential.”
After starting 1-3, Horsham is now 7-4 on the season with Tuesday’s result being the fifth straight win for the Macs. Horsham lost 2-1 on a walk-off walk to the Morelanders on June 25 but rebounded to top Centennial, Mt. Airy, Jenkintown and LML leader Roslyn prior to Tuesday.
Horsham manager Bill DeBoer said it’s a result of Legion being a little more relaxed than high school ball, good defense and an uptick in hitting. After a slow start offensively, DeBoer laid out a message to his hitters they needed to pick things up and offered to help them try to break out.
“I told the guys I’d start going to work early so I could get out early and come up to the field and if they wanted to come take BP, I’d throw them BP,” DeBoer said. “At first, three guys would come. After a couple days, it was four guys, a few days later there are seven guys. I said to them ‘I’m going to have to start leaving earlier so I still have time to get the field ready.’”
Tuesday’s big bat belonged to a guy who hasn’t gotten a lot of at-bats the past few months. Ram Krishnamoothy, a rising senior at Hatboro-Horsham, drove in three of the Macs’ five runs Tuesday.
Usually only a pitcher, Krishnamoothy fielded third base defensively on Tuesday and crushed what became a ground-rule double to plate two runs in the first inning and added a long RBI single in the third.
“To be totally honest, I’ve gotten four at-bats in the last three months but I guess I was just feeling it,” Krishnamoothy said. “I liked the pitch, it seemed a little flat so I just barreled it up. Everyone likes to say (pitchers only) can’t hit but it was funny to see their reaction. Jake Thomas, he’s had my back the entire way and really helped me with hitting.”
During the spring, Krishnamoothy found a role as a courtesy and pinch runner to go with his pitching. An injury to Eric Throm opened up more time on the hill, which he filled as a relief pitcher.
“It can be immediately frustrating to know you’re not going to play or start and have that big role,” Krishnamoothy said. “At the same time, it’s good to use that and find these type of roles. I relieved when Eric went down, I got to run the bases a lot so just getting to be on the field and help my team win was a lot of fun.”
DeBoer doesn’t want his guys getting too far ahead of themselves, so the Macs have divided the rest of their games into smaller goals. Horsham still has a chance to win several season series within the LML, all of which would go a long way toward the bigger goal of getting into the postseason.
Horsham certainly doesn’t have an easy path, starting with a key Wednesday matchup with Morelanders and resuming after the holiday with a game against Centennial on Friday. The Macs also have two games with Fort Washington, a game with Roslyn, a game with Jenkintown and one final matchup with the Morelanders to wrap the regular season.
“I think now that we’ve got the bats going and our pitching staff is looking good, we can do some things as a team,” Krishnamoothy said. “A lot of the guys are here to have fun and compete but if we can get into the playoffs, that’d be awesome.”