Spring Grove catcher Dalton Hoiles blocks the plate and tags out Northeastern’s Jordan Ely in Wednesday’s game. The visiting Rockets pulled out
Spring Grove catcher Dalton Hoiles blocks the plate and tags out Northeastern's Jordan Ely in Wednesday's game. The visiting Rockets pulled out a 7-6 victory over the Bobcats. (Bil Bowden photo)

MOUNT WOLF -- Spring Grove's Will Maughlin knew exactly what to expect when he stepped to the plate leading off the seventh inning of a tie game against Northeastern.

"The first three times (at bats) they threw me a fastball inside, and I knew I should have swung," Maughlin said. "That last time, I did swing."

The Rockets' first baseman jumped on the first pitch and stroked it into right-center field for a single. Devin Fisher went in to run for Maughlin, and he ended up scoring the winning run on an error.

Spring Grove, which led twice in a wild crossover game only to have Northeastern erase both advantages, finally pulled out a 7-6 victory over the Bobcats.

"We're just a scrappy team," Maughlin said. "Sometimes, it's not pretty, but we get the win."

Spring Grove right fielder Brad Stagemyer slides to catch a sinking line drive in the first inning against Northeastern.
Spring Grove right fielder Brad Stagemyer slides to catch a sinking line drive in the first inning against Northeastern. (Bil Bowden photo)

Northeastern's fielding wasn't pretty. The Bobcats committed six errors to cancel out a 7-6 advantage in hits.

The contest also featured a player called safe after he was first called out (following a conference between the two umpires) and a miscommunication on a suicide-squeeze attempt by Northeastern which ended with the runner from third being tagged out.

"This game had everything you can imagine," Spring Grove head coach Eric Zeigler said. "We stress the importance of putting the ball in play. We hit a lot of balls hard today, and they couldn't handle all of them."

Northeastern's hitters also made solid contact, but the young Bobcats (just two seniors) couldn't make enough plays to knock off the highly touted Rockets.

"Offensively, we're doing fine, but we need to do a better job on defense," said Northeastern head coach Don Kauffman, whose team defeated Spring Grove the past two seasons. "We're all tight worrying about not making plays. We didn't field very well (Tuesday) against Eastern, and I knew if we didn't do a good job against a really good team like Spring Grove, we were going to be in trouble."

Northeastern starter Jesse Sargen worked the first six innings, and although the right-hander was charged with six runs, only one was earned.

"Jesse threw a good game," Kauffman said. "He threw an extra 20 pitches because of the errors."

Sargen's pitch count was 125.

Kauffman's team made a serious bid to win the game in the bottom of the seventh when it loaded the bases with no outs.

However, Spring Grove relief pitcher Nick Spangler struck out the next hitter, and the second out was recorded when the suicide-squeeze play went awry. Rockets' right fielder Brad Stagemyer then snared a line drive for the final out of the game.

Northeastern's Steve Shimkus was the game's only multiple hitter. Shimkus went 2-for-3 and drove in a run. The Bobcats' Nick Sprenkle cracked a two-run double.

Spring Grove improved its York-Adams Division I record to 2-0 and overall mark to 4-1. Northeastern is 0-1 in York-Adams Division II and 1-1 overall.

OTHER BASEBALL

DALLASTOWN 8, WEST YORK 5: At West York, the Wildcats led 8-0 after three innings, and hung on to capture the victory. Robert Catchings led the Wildcats, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Adam Deardorff went 2-for-2 with a double, while Tanner Forry went 2-for-5 for the winners. Wildcats starting pitcher Tyler Butcher pitched six innings to record the victory, striking out six and walking two. For the Bulldogs, Cole Bixler went 2-for-4. Dallastown improved to 1-0 in York-Adams Division I and 2-2 overall. West York fell to 0-2 in the Division II and 1-2 overall.

RED LION 15, NEW OXFORD 10: At New Oxford, Drew Landis slugged two homers and drove in five runs to power the Lions. Alex Zelger added three hits and two runs scored for the winners, while Kyle Knisley doubled twice. Austin Kibler, Jake Toal, Corban Czap and Dan Ernst each had three hits for New Oxford.

HANOVER 18, YORK SUBURBAN 11: At Suburban, Brad Irvin, Brandon Etzler and Zac Sheaffer each had two hits to pace Hanover to the slugfest win. Etzler's hits were both for extra bases (homer, double). Etzler and Sheaffer each added three RBIs. Logan Hamm homered and drove in two runs for the Nighthawks. Suburban had 15 hits in a losing cause.

SUSQUEHANNOCK 17, YORK TECH 2: At Glen Rock, the Warriors plated 10 runs in the bottom of the first. The game only last three innings because of the mercy rule. Sammy Miller tripled and doubled for the winners with four RBIs. Connor Hood had two runs scored and two RBIs.

DELONE CATHOLIC 6, EASTERN YORK 5: At Wrightsville, the Squires plated two runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings and added two runs in the 10th to win it. Brett Smith (three hits, two RBIs, two runs) and Austin Buckley (three hits, two RBIs, one run) paced Delone, which improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in York-Adams Division IV. Sam Stephan got the win, allowing just one run and one hit in six innings of relief. He fanned seven. Thomas Taylor had two hits (including a homer) to go with three RBIs and two runs scored for Eastern.

SOUTH WESTERN 9, KENNARD-DALE 1: At Fawn Grove, Parker Bean led the Mustangs, striking out 10 and walking three to pick up the win.

-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.