PLEASUREVILLE — It was a roller-coaster night for Coach Sam Becker's Spring Grove team.
Needing a victory to secure the York-Adams American Legion regular-season title, Spring Grove faced Pleasureville Tuesday in the season finale.
After getting a lead through four innings, Becker and company had to wait out a thunderstorm one pitch into the fifth inning. If the storm was a bit stronger or longer, it may have forced the contest, which hadn't completed the necessary five full innings, to be replayed Wednesday.
Fortunately for both sides, the storm subsided and allowed both teams to resume play after a nearly hour-long delay. The home team cut the deficit to a run and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the sixth inning with one out.
A fly ball to center fielder Aaron Becker allowed Pleasureville the opportunity to send Tyler Wagner from third base on a potential sacrifice fly. Becker, though, gunned a strike to catcher Dalton Hoiles, who easily tagged out Wagner to end the frame.
The home side had another chance in the seventh to even the score, but Spring Grove's Matt Brooks finished off the contest to close out a 3-2 triumph.
Spring Grove claimed the title after completing the season with a 14-1 mark, while Pleasureville dropped to 11-4. New Oxford finished second at 13-1-1. Spring Grove also clinched a berth in the Region IV Tournament.
"I didn't really think about it," said Aaron Becker, who also drove in a run with a single as part of a two-run fourth inning. "I just knew I had to catch it and just throw it to the plate."
The visitors had chances to extend their lead in the seventh against Pleasureville starter Alex Myers. Myers, a sophomore at Central York, was able to keep his team close after stranding a pair of runners with one out in the seventh.
"Alex pitched a heck of a game for us tonight," Pleasureville assistant coach George Sepic said. "This was the first game he pitched for us in Legion this year and we put him in a tough situation against the best team in the league and he came out here and pitched great."
Myers allowed just four hits — all singles — over seven innings. He struck out two and walked four while throwing 106 pitches.
Pleasureville had the tying run on third with two outs in the seventh against Brooks. The Spring Grove right-hander, however, got Dan Sepic to ground out to second to end the contest.
"Things worked out," Coach Becker said. "Matt's fastball was up, but he made some pitches when he needed to."
Brooks closed out a victory for teammate Levi Krause, who allowed two runs over five innings. Krause struck out five and allowed five hits.
Wagner led Pleasureville with three hits (a double and two singles) as part of an eight-hit attack for the home team.
Both clubs will be off until the start of the league playoffs on Thursday. Spring Grove will host the No. 8 seed, while No. 4 seed Pleasureville will host the No. 5 seed in the double-elimination tournament. The complete pairings are expected to be released after a league meeting on Wednesday evening.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.