HORSHAM >> In a doubleheader at Hatboro-Horsham High School Sunday, LOMA and the Horsham Astros split Games Two and Three of the Pendel League championship series. LOMA cruised to a 9-0 win in Game Two before getting crushed by the Astros 9-3 in Game Three.
With the doubleheader split, LOMA leads the championship series 2-1. LOMA won Game One Saturday 3-1.
Highlighting Game Two Sunday was LOMA’s starting pitcher Matt McDonough, who threw a complete-game shutout, giving up only six hits.
“I feel like I did pretty well,” said McDonough. “Horsham is a good hitting team I was just trying to throw strikes and get some help from the team”
LOMA got on the board in the third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on six hits, including five straight hits to open the inning.
LOMA got another big inning in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits, including a two-run single with two outs from Trey Guaglionona.
McDonough got the win with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh.
It was a total different ball game for the Astros in Game Three despite being down 2-0 in the best of five series.
LOMA once again scored first with three straight hits on two outs to score Bob Drozdowski and get a 1-0 lead.
After a quick second inning, Horsham got its first lead of the championship series with a huge bottom of the third.
After Mike Iller got a base hit and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt, Mark McCouch gave the Astros a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run to left field.
Jesse Goldstein proceeded to reach first base on a walk and later scored on the second two-run home of the inning, this one from Bill Parave to increase the Astros’ lead to 4-1.
Horsham put the game away in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five more runs on only three hits to make the score 9-1.
LOMA got two more runs in the top of the sixth with a two-out, two-run double from John Contoudis, but it wasn’t enough as Horsham starting pitcher Matt McAllister finished the game to trim the series lead to 2-1 in LOMA’s favor.
McAllister earned the complete-game victory for the Astros, giving up only one earned run and striking out five.
Horsham head coach Kevin Weaver was pleased with his team’s efforts not getting swept in the championship series.
“First game we were a little flat, but they came out on fire in the second game today,” said Weaver. “They kept hitting and fielding and we got the huge win to avoid being swept.”
“McAllister had a great performance in game two today,” added Weaver. “He really pitched well despite giving up one earned run and he wanted the ball all the way for the complete game victory.”
LOMA head coach Mike Whitaker, despite losing the second game, is thrilled with only needing one more win to win the Pendel championship.
“We definitely benefitted from McDonough’s performance in game one,” said Whitaker. “He gave us the chance to get the lead and once we done that for him, he was really dominant.”
LOMA looks to win Game Four Monday for the Pendel championship at 6 p.m. at a location yet to be determined. Horsham tries to force a championship-deciding Game Five.
LOMA 9, Horsham 0
Horsham 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
LOMA 006 300 x — 9 12 1
WP: McDonough 7.0 IP 6 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 3 SO.
LP: Kirk 3.0 IP 10 H 9 R 6 ER 1 BB 1 SO.
Horsham: McNab: 1-for-2; Kelly: 1-for-3; Iller: 1-for-3
LOMA: B. Drozdowski: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI; Lecompte: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI; Kology: 3-for-4, 2 R.
Horsham 9, LOMA 3
LOMA 100 002 0 — 3 7 0
Horsham 004 500 x — 9 7 2
WP: McAllister 7.0 IP 7 H 3 R 1 ER 1 BB 5 SO.
LP: Miller 3.0 IP 5 H 6 R 6 ER 1 BB 2 SO.
LOMA: Contoudis: 2-for-3, 2B; T. Guaglionona: 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Kology: 1-for-4, 2B
Horsham: Parave: 2-for-3, HR, 1 R, 4 RBI; McCouch: 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI Iller: 2-for-3, 2 R.