Stoverstown's magic number for clinching the Central Baseball League regular-season title is now down to two games.
The Tigers nipped visiting Jefferson, 6-5, in a rain-shortened five-inning game on Thursday.
Mount Wolf, which came into Thursday tied with Jefferson for second place, lost to Dover, 7-2 in six innings.
Stoverstown improved to 23-4 overall, while the Wolves and Jefferson are each 16-11. Each team has just eight games left in the 35-game regular season. Stoverstown is chasing its first Central League regular-season crown since 1976.
At Stoverstown, Kyle Wildasin led the home team, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He also scored the game-winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth. Wildasin also picked up the victory on the mound, going the distance and retiring the last nine batters he faced. Trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the fourth, Stoverstown scored three runs to tie game, highlighted by Zach Schuler's two-out, two-run triple to tie the game. Butch Thoman also hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth and scored later on a ground out. For Jefferson, Colin Porter went 2-for-3, with one RBI and one run scored, while teammate Tyler Troxel doubled.
At Dover, the home team led 4-0 after two innings and went on to capture the victory. Kory Raber powered the Dover offense, going 2-for-3, including a three-run homer in the second. Chris Bubb went 2-for-2, including a solo homer in the third, and collected two RBIs for Dover, while Derek Helwig doubled. For Mount Wolf, Chad Mohr went 2-for-3 with one RBI. The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth because of rain.
OTHER CENTRAL LEAGUE GAMES
MANCHESTER 2, GLEN ROCK 0: At Glen Rock, Manchester used single runs in the third and fourth innings to earn the victory. Singles by Logan Allison, Kevin Kuhn and Jason Kelly broke the 0-0 tie, and Chris Biechler's double followed by Dan Royer's single concluded the scoring. Jeremy Pagano pitched the first six innings for the Indians to earn the victory. Austin Allison recorded two outs in the seventh and Royer came on with the bases loaded to get the final out on a ground ball to shortstop. Pagano gave up four hits, but he did issue eight walks to go with his two strikeouts. Pagano forced Glen Rock to strand nine runners. The home team left 12 men on base altogether. Logan Allison and Kuhn had two hits apiece for the winners. Glen Rock pitcher Phil Kraska walked two and didn't record any strikeouts.
PLEASUREVILLE 6, SHILOH 2: At Pleasureville, Todd Meyer had a huge game for the Hawks, smacking two homers and a double and driving in four runs. Ryan Chacanias added two hits for Pleasureville, which erased an early 2-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the second. Dillon Schwartzer was Shiloh's only multiple hitter with a 2-for-3 performance. Travis Shaffer pitched the first five innings to earn the victory. He struck out one and walked four and turned in four straight scoreless innings after giving up two runs in the opening inning. Kam Armacost didn't allow a single hit and struck out three in working the sixth and seventh innings for Pleasureville. Just two of the five runs that losing pitcher Chad Schmuck allowed were earned. Schmuck recorded six strikeouts and two walks.