SPRING >> After losing both games of the Bux-Mont championship against rival Nor-Gwyn in heartbreaking fashion, Hatfield-Towamencin suffered the same fate in the first round of the 2021 Pennsylvania American Legion Region 2 Tournament.
For the third straight game the Titans lost on a walk-off. The game-ending single was the final play of a 2-1 loss against Wyomissing Friday afternoon at Owls Field at Ted Palka Park.
“We’re playing such difficult games,” Hatfield-Towamencin pitcher Sean Brennan said. “Pitching for both sides – we were lighting up the zone … It’s so difficult. This is probably one of the hardest games I’ve ever pitched. It’s difficult with the heat coming at me and everything.”
Brennan started for the Titans and faced all but the final batter. Over the first six innings of the game, the right-handed pitcher allowed one run on four hits. He allowed back-to-back singles to start the seventh before reliever Charlie Marger entered the game. Tommy Grabowski singled to score the runner from second and end the game.
Wyomissing starter Braedan Minnich went toe-to-toe with Brennan, allowing one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.
“When it’s a pitcher’s game like this the best thing I can do is just go out there and throw strikes and let my teammates do the rest,” Brennan, who had a majority of his success with his fastball, said. “They did hit me around – I didn’t strike too many people out (two), but I had my fielders behind me backing me up. When it comes to a close game like that – I think it’s such a battle between me and him and it’s amazing. They just came out on top.”
Brennan not only kept the Titans in the game with his arm, but he contributed with his bat. He was 2-for-3 with a double and the team’s only RBI.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh, H-T’s Jacob Martinell was hit by a pitch with one out. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and, with two outs, Brennan stepped to the plate. With two strikes, he hit a blooper to right field, scoring Martinell and tying the game, 1-1.
“That supposed-to-be pop out to right,” Brennan said, “he just misread it. That was amazing. That was great. I just wanted to get the bat on the ball. I don’t care what happens, where it goes, just get the bat on the ball and let everyone else see what happens.”
Quinn Marett followed by getting hit by a pitch to put the go-ahead run on second base. Wyomissing went to reliever Aidan Cirulli, who got out of the jam and recorded the win.
Wyomissing took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Luke Terefenko singled and scored on a Cirulli double.
Brennan’s most impressive feat was getting out of the third inning with a 0-0 game. He surrendered a leadoff triple to Grabowski, but got the next two batters to pop out to shortstop and ground out. After a walk, he ended the frame with a fly ball to center field.
“That was amazing,” Brennan said. “I just tried so hard – we can’t let up this run. It’s such a difficult pitcher’s game right now. We can’t let up that run. I tried my best and it worked.”
Hatfield-Towamencin faces elimination Saturday when it takes on the loser of Northampton and West Lawn at 1 p.m.