STOVERSTOWN -- The Spring Grove American Legion team may not always play the prettiest baseball.
What the Spring Grove players do effectively, however, is find a way to win.
Wednesday's battle with Northeastern is a good example.
Spring Grove allowed the visitors to rally from a 3-1 deficit to tie the contest before taking the lead for good on a Dalton Hoiles two-run double. The home team tacked on a couple more runs before pitcher Levi Krause survived a late rally.
The 7-5 victory wasn't real pretty, but it improved the team's record to 8-1.
"Once we get going, we're a team that just keeps chugging along," said Krause, who earned the victory in relief of starter Trevor Troxel.
Troxel and Northeastern starter Steven Shimkus both had control trouble early. Troxel yielded a single to lead off the game and then issued three straight one-out walks to put the visitors ahead 1-0.
Shimkus had even more trouble. The right-hander was pulled before recording an out. Shimkus walked the bases loaded and then gave up back-to-back singles. Center fielder Jordan Ely relieved him at that point and got his team out of the jam only behind, 3-1.
Troxel's issues continued in the second, when he allowed three singles and also hit a batter, allowing Northeastern to tie it up 3-3.
"That's the first game this season that Trevor hasn't been sharp," Spring Grove coach Matt Spangler said. "From the high school season through the Legion season. You can't expect him to go out every game and be sharp, but what I liked about Trevor is that he kept us in the game."
Troxel completed three innings before Krause came in and cruised through the next three frames. After the home team regained the lead on Hoiles' two-run double, a Krause solo homer and an RBI triple by Nick Spangler, the visitors put together a late rally.
Krause surrendered a single, double and another single before hitting a batter to cut the lead to 7-4. A sacrifice fly made it 7-5. Krause then fell behind 3-0 in the count to Logan Wunsch.
"Levi got into a little trouble there in the seventh, but he made some great pitches when he had to," Coach Spangler said.
With Northeastern standout Jesse Sargen on deck, Krause knew he couldn't afford to lose the batter. He then blew three straight fastballs by Wunsch to end the contest.
"It was tough getting down 3-0 with an awesome hitter coming up next," Krause said. "I heard (a Northeastern coach) say 'take.' I guess they just wanted to try to get that good hitter up next and Jesse's a good hitter."
Krause led an 11-hit barrage for the home team with two hits. Nick Spangler and Luke Rohrbaugh also pounded out a pair of hits.
Sargen finished with two hits, including a triple in the sixth inning. Northeastern fell to 7-4-1.
OTHER LEGION GAMES
PLEASUREVILLE 4, RED LION 3: At Pleasureville, Dan Sepic's walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the seventh scored Brandon Mohn from second to plate the game-winning run for the home team. Austin Seitzinger had two hits for the home team, while Daniel Royer pitched a scoreless seventh to record the victory. For Red Lion, Austin Taylor and Kyle Knisley each had two hits, while Cody Godfrey pitched a complete game, striking out six and walking three.
DALLASTOWN 4, SHILOH 3: At Dallastown, Tyler Fisher's walk-off double scored Matt Attig to win the game. Travis Hamberger hit an RBI single in the second, Greg Bury picked up two RBIs and Nolan Tome worked the final 2/3 of the seventh inning to pick up the victory. For Shiloh, Brock Gladfelter hit an RBI single in the third and an RBI double in the seventh. Ryan Dellinger pitched a complete game, striking out seven and walking three, while Carson Fries doubled.
DOVER 17, DILLSBURG 2: At Dillsburg, the visitors scored at least two runs in each inning en route to the victory. The game was ended after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Dover scored three runs in each of the first three innings and added six in the fourth and two in the fifth. Bryce Smith pitched three innings to get the win on the mound. He also belted two triples.
HANOVER 11, SUBUR BAN YORK 1: At Hanover, Adam Forsythe held visiting Suburban York to just two hits to earn the victory. Forsythe struck out two and walked one in the game the umpires stopped with two outs in the bottom of the fifth because of the 10-run mercy rule. Logan Mummert, Ryan Kerr and Tyler Green each had two hits for Hanover, and Mummert and Green combined for five RBIs.
SOUTH WESTERN 19, YORK 2: At Hanover, South Western used three big innings to erase an early 2-0 York lead. The home team scored four in the second, six in the third and nine in the fourth in a game that was ended after 41/2 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Jordan Smith (three RBIs, two runs), Cooper Ayres (two hits, two RBIs, two runs), Bishop Elder (homer, two RBIs) and Tyler Harris (three runs, two RBIs) led the South Western attack. York hurt its own cause by allowing 11 walks and committing nine errors.
BERMUDIAN 17, GLEN ROCK 14: At York Springs, the home team outlasted Glen Rock in a game that was ended after 5½ innings because of darkness. Bermudian jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two innings and never trailed, but Glen Rock made strong comeback bid, that included a 10-run fifth inning. Jake O'Brien drove in five runs in the first two innings for the winners.
CENTRAL LEAGUE GAME
MOUNT WOLF 6, MAN CHESTER 2: At Mount Wolf, the home team led 6-0 after the first two innings and went on to capture the victory. Starting pitcher Dan Dierdorff picked up the win, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one in five innings. Dierdorff also helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3, including a double, to go with one RBI. Kevin Kurilla went 3-for-4, with one run and two RBIs for the Wolves, while Aaron Myers hit a two-run homer. For Manchester, Kevin Kuhn went 2-for-4, including a solo homer, while Logan Allison went 2-for-4. Manchester relief pitcher Levi Rentzel pitched the final five-plus innings, striking out seven and walking three.
SUSQUEHANNA LEAGUE GAME
COLUMBIA 1, WINDSOR 0: At Columbia, Josh Longsderff pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the home team. He struck out nine and walked none. Chris Stoudt pitched well in defeat, going the distance and allowing just one unearned run and five hits. He struck out five and walked none. Zach Buterbaugh had two hits for the winners, while Josh Wagner doubled.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.