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American Legion Tournament : Gutowski, Hornyak lead Bordentown Legion over Haddon Heights |

Starting pitcher Joe Gutowski pitched a brilliant complete-game four-hitter, left fielder Dan Hornyak smacked a grand slam in the fifth, and Bordentown won its opener over Haddon Heights Post 149, 8-1.

“It was a huge performance against a powerhouse-hitting team like that,” manager Tom Dolan said of his pitcher’s outing. “Joe was lights out, and he’s very capable of doing that. He stayed on top early, got in pitcher’s counts, and just dominated.”

Gutowski allowed just one run and no walks while striking out 12, routinely blowing his fastball by the Haddon Heights hitters. He also went 3-for-5 at the plate out of the third spot in the order.

“After the first couple innings I felt like my velocity was really there and they couldn’t catch up,” Gutowski said. “Then with my off-speed, I was hitting corners and making it break really tight, and they were biting on it.”

The Burlington County Community College pitcher said a much-needed break helped his velocity return to its usual form.


By Nick Condit