West York’s Logan Stover applies a late tag on New Oxford’s Austin Kibler at first base on a pickoff attempt in the third inning on Thursday.
West York's Logan Stover applies a late tag on New Oxford's Austin Kibler at first base on a pickoff attempt in the third inning on Thursday. (BILL KALINA -- bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

SHILOH — With one swing of the bat, Brandon Wetzel gained redemption on Thursday afternoon.

The West York senior lined a full-count pitch down the left-field line for a game-winning RBI double to help the Bulldogs rally for a key 3-2 York-Adams Division II victory over New Oxford.

West York, which trailed 2-1 after 5 1/2 innings, tied the game with a run in the bottom of sixth inning on Carson Fries' RBI single. The Bulldogs won the game in their next at bat when Nick Traettino beat out an infield single, moved up on Mike Santiago's bunt and scored on Wetzel's two-out hit that landed a foot inside the chalk line.

Wetzel, who delivered a clutch two-run single in the 2013 York-Adams Tournament semifinals, was having a less-than-memorable game on Thursday before stepping into the batter's box for the final time.

He was 0 for 2 with a walk in three previous plate appearances and had committed an uncharacteristic two errors.

"I wanted to redeem myself," Wetzel said. "I had a couple of tough plays in the field, and it's important not to get down on myself."

Wetzel and his teammates kept their heads up, and the Bulldogs delivered some more of the late-game heroics that was their M.O. during last year's state championship season.


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"We weren't screaming at each other when we got behind," Wetzel said. "We're a lot more easy-going than last year's team, but when it comes time to put the hammer down, we can do it. Hats off to Nick (Traettino) for the way he pitched, and hats off to (Anthony) Lippy (of New Oxford). He pitched a great game, too."

West York head coach Roger Czerwinski wasn't surprised that Wetzel was able to overcome the adversity from earlier in the game and deliver in the clutch.

"That comes with experience," Czerwinski said. "That's not the first time he won a big game for us. Brandon's mature beyond his years."

Fries, who relieved Traettino in the top of the sixth inning with two runners on and no outs, gained the victory. The two West York pitchers combined to allow just two hits.

"Nick was in the 80s with the pitch count, and that's a place he hadn't been before," Czerwinski said in explaining his decision to summon Fries. "Nick threw a nice game."

Traettino said he felt comfortable through the fourth and fifth innings.

"Then (in the sixth), I couldn't throw strikes," he said. "My outing today was like the last one (which came in relief), in that I was able to throw the fastball for strikes one inning and the curveball, the next inning."

West York gave Traettino a 1-0 edge with a run in its first at bat. Brett Kinneman drew a two-out walk, stole second base and raced home on Logan Stover's single to right field.

The advantage held up until the sixth inning when New Oxford's Alex Smith drilled a two-run single. The left-handed hitting Smith went the opposite way with a pitch and lashed the ball past the third-base bag to score Jake Toal and Aaron Palmer.

The Colonials appeared like they were going hand West York its first defeat of the season, but the Bulldogs refused to let that happen.

West York is now 5-0 in league games and 6-0 overall. New Oxford is 3-2 and 4-3.

OTHER BASEBALL

Kennard-Dale 1, Dover 0: At Fawn Grove, Matt Belt led the Rams by throwing a no-hitter and striking out 13. He walked seven. Ryan Vipperman hit an RBI two-out double in the bottom of the sixth to score Kyle Amrhein, who doubled right in front of Vipperman, to plate the go-ahead and game-winning run. For the Eagles, Grant Hoover came on in relief of starter Nate Sennett in the third inning and finished the game by striking out eight and walking none.

Susquehannock 5, Littlestown 0: At Littlestown, Alec Lebo pitched a three-hit shutout for the Warriors, striking out two and walking two. Susquehannock pounded 14 hits, including two each from Connor Hood, Sammy Miller, Luke Knott and Cody Dennis. Dennis drove in two runs. Susquehannock improved to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division III.

Hanover 6, York Tech 3: At Hanover, Zack Sheaffer pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out eight without a walk. Sheaffer also doubled. Jared Peterman (three hits, two RBIs, one run), Kyle Krout (three hits, one run), Brad Irvin (two hits, one RBI) and Nick Trish (two hits, one run) led the Hanover offense.

Biglerville 7, Eastern York 6: At Wrightsville, Zack Sheets (4-for-4, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Mike Borth (3-for-4, three RBIs, one run scored) paced Biglerville at the plate. The Eastern York attack was led by Tommy Taylor, who went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Bermudian Springs 18, York Suburban 7: At Suburban, the Eagles, after not scoring for the first three innings, erupted for two in the fourth, five in the fifth, eight in the sixth and three in the seventh to roll to the victory. Derek Starner had four hits for the winners. For Suburban, Jesse Mowrey and Brad Church had two hits each.

Red Lion 13, South Western 0 (5 Innings): At Red Lion, the Lions plated 10 runs in the bottom of the third to take command. Brady Taylor led the Lions with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Red Lion, Alex Zelger went 3-for-3, including a double, with two RBIs and three runs scored, while Austin Taylor and Luke Howard had two hits each.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.