RED LION --Manger Jim Dennes has felt like a juggler this season when it comes to making out a lineup for his Red Lion baseball team.
The questions he must first ask himself are twofold: "who's here?" and "who's healthy?"
Sometimes Dennes has begrudgingly had to plug himself into the lineup to fill a hole. At other times he's found himself between a rock and a hard-place after learning about an injury. As a result, a couple of games had to be postponed.
Now that the season is at the halfway point, Dennes is hoping that a number of those problems will be resolved on their own.
You only had to look on the mound Thursday afternoon to discover that one of his biggest concerns has been answered. Jason Enoch took the ball for just his second start of the season.
Enoch, who's suffered through some lingering arm issues, wouldn't proclaim himself 100 percent, but he sure looked it against reigning Susquehanna League champion Conrads. The right-hander was nearly unhittable, fanning 13 batters while holding the visitors to just one hit in a 10-0 victory.
"We needed this," Dennes said. "We lost a tough one this morning against a team (Stewartstown) that's coming back. So Jay really put his 'A' game on."
Third-place Red Lion improved to 11-7, while second-place Conrads fell to 15-7. Hallam leads the league at 17-5.
While the hot and humid weather Thursday made it tough on players and fans alike, the conditions may have been just what Enoch needed to be ready.
"I feel like I'm getting closer to getting back to 100 percent," Enoch said. "I had some arm troubles earlier in the year and it seems like the more I throw now, the better it feels."
One of the better pitchers in the league over the last handful of seasons, Enoch came just three outs shy of throwing his first no-hitter. Anthony Ferrell clobbered a fastball to the fence in left at Nitchkey Field for a triple to start the seventh.
"It's baseball," Enoch said with a shrug. "I've never thrown a no-hitter in my life."
Enoch preserved the shutout when he fanned the final three batters of the contest.
Had the game been a little bit closer, Enoch's gem may have taken center stage. As it was, the Red Lion lineup was on all cylinders against three Conrads pitchers to put the game out of reach early.
Nick Yarnell drove in the game's first run with a double in the first. He later stole home from third base during a pickoff play at first to make it 2-0.
The home team added a run in the second, two more in the third and another in the fourth. After failing to score in the fifth, Red Lion added a four-spot in the sixth to give Enoch a 10-run cushion.
Dennes, who was a little upset after his team dropped a 3-2 walkoff decision against Stewartstown earlier Thursday, is hoping that his juggling days will be a thing of the past soon. He expects to have some of the Red Lion American Legion players available later this month, as well as stud pitcher Daryl Harang.
"It's been a blur," Dennes said. "You just never know what nine guys I'll have on that field. It's been a bit of a struggle, but we're doing what he have to just to win ballgames."
Taylor Gunder led Red Lion with three hits, which included a pair of doubles, and four RBIs to lead his team's 10-hit attack. Yarnell finished with two hits and two RBIs in the rout.
OTHER SUSQUEHANNA LEAGUE GAMES
EAST PROSPECT 15, JACOBUS 11: At Jacobus, the visitors took advantage of some shaky Jacobus fielding to score seven unearned runs.
Jacobus had five errors, while East Prospect had four miscues. Prospect trailed 9-6 before exploding for eight fifth-inning runs to take the lead for good.
Josh Lantz allowed four earned runs in six innings of relief to get the win. Jason Springer (three hits, two doubles, two RBIs, two runs), Ben Achenbach (two triples, two RBIs, two runs), Ryky Smith (two hits, double, two RBIs, one run), D.J. Ream (two RBIs, two runs), Lantz (two RBIs), Chad Moyer (homer, two RBIs, two runs) and Ryan Saxman (three runs) led Prospect.
Jacobus got a monster game from Andrew Kelley (five hits, homer, three RBIs, three runs) in the loss. Jacobus also got big games from Kyle Saxman (homer, two doubles, two RBIs, two runs), Michael Austin (two hits, three runs, RBI) and A.J. Hammond (three hits, homer, two RBIs, run).
EAST PROSPECT 10, YORK TOWNSHIP 3: At Prospect, D.J. Ream homered and doubled and drove in five runs to power the home team.
Ben Achenbach doubled and drove in three runs for the winners, while Matt Witmer had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Seth Lefever went the distance for Prospect, scattering 12 hits. Matthew Attig had three hits for Township, while Mike Wokulich added two hits.
HALLAM 4, WINDSOR 1: At Windsor, Travis Stump pitched a complete-game seven-hitter to get the win, striking out five without a walk.
Chris Stoudt pitched well in defeat, going the distance and allowing eight hits. He fanned six and walked two.
Hallam scored twice in each of the first two innings. Jason Shimmel had two hits for Hallam and scored a run. Jason Seitz, Dan Wecker and Ryan Poff each doubled for the winners. Eric McNeil, Seitz, Wecker and Jon Benchich each had RBIs for the winners. McNeil, Angel Matias and Wecker also scored runs.
Jordan Shenk was 2-for-3 and scored Windsor's lone run.
YORK TOWNSHIP 4, WINDSOR 3: A three-run fourth inning led to the home team picking up the win.
Township pitchers Matt Petersen and Austin Calaman combined to hold Windsor to three runs on five hits, while teammate Andy Freeburger (2-for-3) paced Township at the plate. The home team scored its final run in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Morgan Markey that scored Ryan Leader. Rick Thompson led Windsor by going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
STEWARTSTOWN 3, RED LION 2: At Stewartstown, the home team scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with the win.
The winning run scored with one out when Geoff Goodrich hit a groundball and Cody Brittain scored when the throw from short was late. Greg Sieling had two hits and an RBI for the winners. Brittain and Sieling had doubles. Justin Sommer went the distance to get the win. He allowed five hits, while striking out seven and walking five. Mark Sheckard went the distance for Red Lion. He fanned two and walked none.
CONRADS 14, FELTON 2: At Conrads, Bryce Ward made his first career hit count, belting a three-run double in the home team's win.
The sixth-inning double went over the head of the left fielder, who happened to be Ward's stepbrother, Zeke Ottemiller. Jon Shenberger got his second career hit for Conrads, a two-run double in the third.
Randy Stewart got the win, with seventh-inning relief help from Andrew Gideon. Anthony Ferrell (three hits, walk, three runs), Gideon (two hits, run, RBI) and Kerry Clark (homer, two RBIs) also excelled for the winners.
FELTON 5, STEWARTS TOWN 1: At Felton, the Ducks snapped a 1-1 tie by erupting for four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Brady Taylor, Seth Gladfelter and Steve Ahlbrandt each had two hits for Felton, which collected seven of its 12 hits in the decisive sixth. Chris Swingler and Jere Preston delivered two hits apiece for Stewartstown. Both of Swingler's hits were doubles. Brennan Weinstein pitched the first 51/3 innings for Felton before giving way to Tyler Taylor. Taylor, who picked up the victory, didn't allow any hits in his 12/3 innings. Weinstein yielded five hits while pitching scoreless ball over the first five innings.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.