DOVER -- Six was the magic number for Dover's baseball team on Tuesday evening.
After being held scoreless for five innings, Dover exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to score a 6-1 victory over Manchester in the first game of the first-round best-of-3 Central League playoff series. The second game is set for 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in Manchester.
Dover, which managed just three hits in the opening five innings, packed six hits into the deciding inning.
Patrick Moriarty ignited the home team's rally with a single, and following a strikeout, Austin Rickrode gave his team the lead for good by belting a two-run homer to right field.
After Mike Rhoads was hit by a pitch, Cody Glass and Brandon Scott followed with singles to load the bases. Chris Bubb then delivered a two-run double, and Dustin Kuhn followed with a RBI single. The sixth run came in on an error.
The outburst rewarded Dover pitcher Shane Melhorn, who stopped Manchester on two hits in a complete-game performance. Melhorn, who was 4-0 during the regular season, struck out 10 and walked five.
Kuhn had two hits for the winners.
Manchester's starting pitcher, Andy Clemens, had three strikeouts and three walks to go with his five shutout innings.
Jefferson also wins 6-1: The other first-round playoff game also ended 6-1, with Jefferson getting the best of Glen Rock.
The second game will take place at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in Glen Rock.
The Rock jumped on top with a run in its first at bat, but the Titans answered with two runs in the bottom of the first.
Singles by John Schwartz and Joe Trail combined with a wild pitch and passed ball to produce the first Jefferson run, and a bases-loaded walk produced the second run. Jefferson added single runs in the second and third innings, and two more runs in the fourth.
Schwartz and Scott Trail collected two hits apiece for the Titans, and Schwartz drove in two runs. Steve Gentile also had two RBIs.
Casey Hood produced two hits for Glen Rock.
Winning pitcher Dave Walker held the visitors to five hits. Walker struck out three and walked two.