SPRING GROVE -- Spring Grove's American Legion baseball team was looking for someone to restore order on Thursday evening.
Levi Krause answered the call.
Krause came on to pitch in the third inning with Hanover runners on first and second, no outs and his team clinging to a 6-5 lead.
Krause retired the side without allowing any runners to cross the plate.
The right-hander ended up pitching five innings and yielding just one run.
Krause's teammates rewarded him with a barrage of runs in their final three at bats to smash open a close game.
Spring Grove won 14-6 to remain unbeaten in the double-elimination York-Adams Tournament.
Manager Matt Spangler's team, which has scored 26 runs in two tournament games, will play host to New Oxford, the tournament's only other unbeaten club, at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
"Levi really settled us down," Spangler said. "He came in with first and second and no outs, and for us to get out of that inning and still maintain that one-run lead was huge. That kind of settled us down, and then our bats took over."
Krause, who retired the first nine men he faced, stayed ahead of the hitters by mixing a fastball, curveball and split-fingered pitch.
Hanover's hitters consistently found themselves in an 0-1 hole.
"The key was getting ahead with these guys," Krause said. "They were very aggressive, but they would take the off-speed (pitch), and I would get ahead with that. When you get someone 0-1, you have all your other pitches."
Krause helped his own cause by drilling a solo home run over the left-field fence in the fifth. The ball left the playing field just to the right of the 320 sign.
"I was 0 for something at that point, and I needed to pick myself up," he said.
Krause's home run was one of five extra-base blows for the Spring Grove, which totaled 13 hits altogether. The winners also displayed clutch hitting by scoring eight runs after there were two outs.
"I'm surprised we did that," Spring Grove shortstop Brandon Warner said. "That's hard to do. But it seems like we all get going at the same time."
Warner racked up three hits, scored a run and stole two bases.
"I didn't do too well last game in hitting," Warner said. "I had to come back this game and do some hitting."
Warner's teammate, Jake Molison, hammered Hanover pitching for three hits, including a double and four RBIs. Trevor Troxel supplied two hits for the winners.
"Jake's been hitting the ball all year long," Spangler said. "It (hitting) is contagious. It can be a bloop or a blast, but when one guys gets on, everyone seems to follow."
Spring Grove, which fell behind Northeastern, 7-1, before rallying to win its opening game, 12-9, trailed Hanover, 2-0 and 5-3.
A three-run second inning allowed Spring Grove to erase the final deficit and go ahead for good. Warner started things with a two-out single, and after stealing second, scored when Dalton Hoiles ripped a ground-rule double to left-center field.
Krause was then hit by a pitch, and he and Hoiles moved up a base on a wild pitch. Molison drove in both runners with a single between third base and shortstop.
Walker Howard had two hits for Hanover, which will play host to South Western at 5:45 p.m. Friday in a losers' bracket game.
OTHER LEGION PLAYOFF GAMES
RED LION 5, DALLAS TOWN 4: Visiting Dallastown took a 4-1 lead with four runs in the top of the fifth inning, capped off by an RBI single from David Linton.
Linton's hit scored Matt Attig, who had a two-run triple earlier in the inning.
Red Lion, however, answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. A two-run double by Tyler Myers tied it up at 4-4. Myers later scored the go-ahead run on an error.
Relief pitcher Cody Godfrey held Dallastown scoreless in the final two innings to seal the win.
The elimination-game loss ended Dallastown's season. Red Lion will now face another elimination game at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Glen Rock. Those same two teams met on Tuesday, with Glen Rock earning a 6-3 triumph.
SOUTH WESTERN 6, NORTHEASTERN 5: At Hanover, the home team scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings and then won the game in the eighth on Cooper Ayres' walk-off RBI double.
Brandon Utz got the win with four innings of one-run relief. He struck out four, walked one and allowed three hits. Tyler Sterner and Chris Mills had two hits each for the winners. Grant Myers doubled twice for Northeastern, while Josh Writer and Jesse Sargen each added two hits.
The win in the elimination game extended South Western's season, while Northeastern's season came to an end.
South Western now faces another elimination game at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Hanover. Those same two teams met on Wednesday, with Hanover grabbing a 3-0 victory.
NEW OXFORD 9, GLEN ROCK 8: At New Oxford, the home team won on a walkoff strikeout.
Glen Rock scored three runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh to erase a 6-1 New Oxford lead and carry an 8-6 edge into the bottom of the seventh.
A walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch cut the margin to 8-7. A hit batter and another wild pitch put runners at second and third. The next batter struck out, but the ball got away from the catcher, who tried to throw to first to get the out. The throw, however, sailed into right field, allowing both runners to score, ending the game.
Sammy Miller's bases-loaded double and Ethan Lear's RBI single sparked Glen Rock's seventh-inning rally.
The sloppy game featured eight errors -- five by Glen Rock.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com or 505-5407.