Hadley paces Yankees in victory
On a night when the Hadley family was being honored for their strength, Josh Hadley wasted no time in doing his part on the mound and at the plate. Hadley was pulled to a standing ovation after 7 1-3 innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out 12 in a 7-1 victory over Stark Saturday night. He also had two RBI on the the night.
” I was trying to keep my emotions in check and not do too much and let that take over,” Hadley said. “Everything was overwhelming and I was hoping I could just focus and do something positive. I didn’t know I was going to go that long, but you couldn’t ask for a better outcome. I’m competitive like everyone else and would like to stay in, but I knew it was time.”
Yankees Manager Ryan Rohlik took Hadley out when he did to save his arm for the playoffs, but also to get Josh the admiration he has long deserved.
“I wanted Josh to get what he deserved,” Rohlik said. “I wanted him to get a standing ovation because he’s more than earned that. I told him before the inning to get the first out then I will come and get you. He got a nice round of applause and he deserved that.”
The opponent-Stark- was also significant Saturday in the fact that Hadley had spent five years with the Longhorns before joining the Yankees.
He has a lot of friends on the team and wanted them to be a part of the occasion.
“They’re from the same community and that accident touched a lot of their lives too. It was fun to have those guys over here. It was the perfect team to have over here for it.”
On top of Hadley’s two RBI, the Yankees also got RBI from Andy Schmidt, Colton Peterson, Aaron Mathiowetz, Braydin Kvistero and Dean Zwach.
Peterson’s RBI came on his first home run as a Milroy Yankee.
Nathan Kral went 2-for-3 for Stark and drove in their lone run.
Stark manager Brian Mathiowetz knew Hadley was going to bring his best stuff from the start.
“We knew what we were getting into,” Mathiwetz said. “Josh played many years with us and we know he is a tremendous pitcher. He comes up big in big games. Hats off to him and it was a wonderful night for his family. We’re happy to be here.”