SPRING GROVE -- Spring Grove's American Legion baseball team turned to Nick Spangler to keep its season alive on Sunday afternoon.
Spangler responded with a dominating performance, shutting out Pleasureville, 6-0.
The victory allowed Spring Grove to remain in the double-elimination York-Adams Tournament with a 2-1 record.
Pleasureville bowed out of the event with a 1-2 mark.
Spangler took the mound for the first time in a week and a half, but he showed no signs of rust. The right-hander struck out nine and walked one while holding the visitors to four hits, all singles. Four of the strikeouts were on called third strikes.
Spangler threw 88 pitches on a very warm afternoon when the temperature hit 87 degrees.
"I had control of all my pitches, curveball, slider, changeup and fastball," he said. "They're good hitters, so you have to try and keep them off balance. My changeup was working pretty good. It starts off the outside corner and runs back in (the strike zone). Luckily, they didn't swing."
Spring Grove didn't take long to provide Spangler with a cushion. The home team scored two runs in its first time at bat and added three more runs in its second at bat.
Dalton Hoiles delivered the big blow in the first, a triple to dead center field, to score a run. Will Maughlin's sacrifice fly accounted for the second run.
Spangler helped his own cause by drilling a two-run single to right-center field in the second inning. Levi Krause lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the third run of the inning.
"I thought we did a great job with situational hitting," Spring Grove manager Matt Spangler said. "That's something we've been struggling mightily with all year, getting guys in after we get them in scoring position. Today, we had two sac flies, a great hit and run with Nick and Dalton in the first inning, and Trevor (Troxel) provided us with a big insurance run. (Troxel drilled a RBI double in the sixth)."
Having captured one must-win game, fourth-seeded Spring Grove, which won last year's York-Adams Tournament, will face another one on Monday when it travels to South Western.
"South Western beat us (3-2) in the regular season," Matt Spangler said. "We're going to have to play our best."
Nick Spangler thinks the experience he and his teammates went through during the Spring Grove High School season will help them in their bid to keep moving through the Legion bracket.
"In high school, we had our backs against the wall for the last three (regular-season) games, and we rolled off three straight (victories) then. We have four guys who can pitch, and when we get runs, with the defense we have (no errors on Sunday), we're going to win."
Spangler, Hoiles, Troxel, Krause and Brandon Warner provided hits for Spring Grove in Sunday's game.
Pleasureville's Austin Seitzinger was the game's only multiple hitter with two singles in three at bats.
Dan Sepic, who came on in relief with one out in the bottom of the second, pitched very well in relief for Pleasureville, yielding only one run in 42/3 innings.
The Pleasureville hitters, though, weren't able to break through against Spangler.
"He did a great job," Pleasureville manager Mike Rentzel said. "He's not overpowering, but he mixed his pitches. They were a better team than us today."
The season closed for Pleasureville, but Rentzel has a lot to look forward to since all but one of his players will be eligible to play again next year.
OTHER LEGION BASEBALL
HANOVER 2, SOUTH WESTERN 0: At Hanover, Todd Cook pitched six shutout innings to get the win and Ryan Kehr fanned three batters in the seventh to get the save in a winners' bracket game.
Cook and Kehr combined to allow just three hits in the shutout.
Kai Hess and Cook had RBI singles to account for Hanover's runs.
Hanover, which entered the tournament as the No. 8 and final seed, is now 3-0 in the tournament and is the only unbeaten team remaining. South Western entered as the No. 2 seed.
South Western will now play host to Spring Grove at 5:45 p.m. Monday in an elimination game in the double-elimination event. At the same time, Hanover will play host to No. 1 seed New Oxford. A loss by New Oxford will eliminate it from the tournament.
The winner of the York-Adams Tournament automatically gets a bid to the Region IV Tournament. Hanover, as the host team for the regional tournament, gets an automatic invitation.
NEW OXFORD 4, WRIGHTSVILLE 3: At New Oxford, the home team plated a run in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and grab the victory in an elimination game.
Tim Adams came on in the top of the sixth in relief and got the victory.
Devin Strickler doubled for Wrightsville, while Anthony Lippy doubled for New Oxford. Terry Godfrey and Kyle Billet combined to limit New Oxford to five hits.
Wrightsville was eliminated from the double-elimination tournament with the loss. New Oxford travels to unbeaten Hanover at 5:45 p.m. Monday. New Oxford must win that game to stay alive.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.