MANCHESTER — If the first two games are any indication, Northeastern baseball fans would be wise not to leave any games early this season.
The Bobcats may get down, but they definitely won't be out.
Northeastern trailed Northern York by seven runs in the season opener before rallying and losing a close one, 8-7.
In Thursday afternoon's York-Adams crossover game against Central York, the Bobcats were losing, 4-1, with two at bats remaining.
Northeastern rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh to pull out a 5-4 victory.
"We knew we could come back," said the Bobcats' Nick Sprenkle, who delivered an RBI double in the seventh. "We were down seven the last time and came back. We can ride this (the momentum from the victory) out and, hopefully, pick up some more wins."
Kody Reeser ignited Northeastern's comeback in the sixth with a single to right-center field. After Reeser stole second, Grant Myers singled Reeser to third and Myers took second on the throw to third base. Following a walk to Steve Shimkus, Adam Kipp delivered a run on a groundout. Brady Dolan then brought home the second run with single to right-center field.
After Northeastern relief pitcher Brayton Bare retired Central in the top of the seventh, the Bobcats won the game in the bottom of the inning.
Tommy Skehan reached on an error to start the rally, and Sprenkle followed by driving a pitch into the left-center field gap. Skehan raced home all the way from first, and Sprenkle went in standing up at second base.
"It (the pitch) was a fastball inside, and we had the hit and run on, so I swung at the first pitch," Sprenkle said. "The energy flowed after that. Everyone in the dugout was cheering and clapping."
The next batter, Devin Blymire, laid down a bunt and ended up reaching first base on an error. A walk to Reeser loaded the bases and another walk to Myers forced in the winning run.
"Our guys showed a lot of heart today," said Northeastern assistant coach Andy Srebroski, filling in for head coach Don Kauffman, who was unavailable because of a family emergency. "They did a good job of being selective at the plate. We had five sophomores starting today. We're fortunate to have them, and they have a lot of room to grow."
Bare pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the victory. He didn't strike out anyone or issue any walks.
Central starting pitcher Dan Sepic was outstanding for the first five innings, holding Northeastern to just one run. Sepic departed with two outs in the sixth and was charged with the Bobcats' two runs in that inning.
Central scored all of its runs in the fourth. Caleb Lynch's two-run single was the big blow of the inning.
The Panthers' Walker Monteith went 3 for 3 and batted in a run, and Lynch supplied two hits for Central.
Sprenkle, Reeser and Dolan cracked two hits each for Northeastern.
Susquehannock 12, York Catholic 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors earned a mercy-rule, five-inning win over the defending District 3-A champions. Josh Houser went the distance, allowing four hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Clint Bohn's homer accounted for York Catholic's only run. Connor Hood had three hits and two runs scored for the Warriors. Mike Spadafore (two hits, two runs), Bryan Kerr (two hits, double, one run), Houser (two hits), Collin Tattersall (two hits, two runs, double) and Cody Dennis (two hits, three runs) also excelled for Susquehannock.
Dover 2, South Western 1: Nate Sennett and Grant Hoover combined on a three-hitter to lift Dover. Sennett got the win, going five innings without allowing a run. He struck out 10 and walked one, while allowing three hits. Hoover got the save with two innings of work. He allowed a single unearned run and zero hits. He struck out four and walked one. D.J. Heim had an RBI double for Dover, while Brady Hilbert added a sacrifice fly. Both Dover runs came in the fourth inning. Four South Western pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Dover improved to 2-0.
West York 2, Red Lion 1: At West York, the Bulldogs scored in the bottom of the seventh to grab the win. Chase James delivered the game-winning hit. Brett Kinneman added a hit and a run scored for West York. Adam Whitman had two hits for Red Lion. Carson Fries got the win in relief. Red Lion outhit West York, 6-3.
Spring Grove 9, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, Dalton Hoiles pitched a complete-game, three-hitter for the Rockets in a six-inning contest. He struck out 12 and walked three. Matthew Brooks tripled and doubled for the Rockets.
Bermudian Springs 16, York Tech 1: At York Springs, the Eagles rolled to a four-inning, mercy-rule triumph. The Eagles pounded 15 hits. Toby Sponseller and Sam McCollum each had three RBIs for the winners. Austin Masser got the win on the mound with three shutout innings.
York Suburban 10, Fairfield 0: At York Suburban, Levi Stein and Lewis Myers combined to pitch a five-inning one hitter to secure the victory. At the plate, Thomas Merkle led the Trojans by going 2-for-4, including a double, with two runs scored. Myers had a double and three RBIs, while Jesse Mowery, Seth Fahs and Austin Falco each had two RBIs.
— Reach Dick VanOlinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.