Manchester’s Nate Fry is all smiles as he rounds third base after crushing a monster home run.
Manchester's Nate Fry is all smiles as he rounds third base after crushing a monster home run. (Bil Bowden photo)

DOVER -- Manchester completed its impressive climb to the top of the Central League with a 10-4 victory over Dover on Thursday night.

The Indians, who were 5-5 and in fourth place at one point this season, have won seven of their last eight games to vault into first place.

Manchester, 12-6, leads the standings by one-half game over Glen Rock, 12-7.

The Indians, locked in a 1-1 tie with Dover, exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take charge.

Manchester sealed the deal in the sixth when Logan Allison and Nate Fry both belted two-run home runs.

Shane Melhorn stroked two hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning, for Dover.

Manchester pitcher Dan Royer improved his record to 3-1 by holding Dover to two runs in six innings of work. Royer displayed outstanding control by walking just one batter while striking out four.

OTHER CENTRAL LEAGUE GAMES

MOUNT WOLF 4, GLEN ROCK 2:At Mount Wolf, Wolves' pitcher Kyle Cook struck out six batters and walked only one to earn the victory. Cook yielded eight hits, but forced the Rock to strand 10 runners. He also helped his own cause with an RBI single. Glen Rock broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning. Dan Dierdorff doubled home the first run and Jesse Sargen's infield groundout delivered the second run. Cook then came through with his base hit for the third run. Mason Heyne collected two hits, scored a run and drove in a run for Glen Rock.

STOVERSTOWN 8, SHILOH 2 (5 INNINGS): At Stoverstown, the home team jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings and went on to capture the victory. Kyle Wildasin led the offense by going 3-3, including a double and two RBIs. Teammates Levi Krause went 2-3 with one RBI, Jessen Bishard had two RBIs and Zach Schuler had four stolen bases. As a team, Stoverstown stole 10 bases. For Shiloh, Eli Vottero and Jacob Molison each had an RBI single. The game was called after five innings due to darkness. With the victory, Stoverstown improves to 11-7, while Shiloh falls to 5-13.

JEFFERSON 3, PLEASUREVILLE 1: At Pleasureville, the visitors broke a 1-1 tie when they plated two runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good. Scott Trail led the offense by going 2-4, including a double, with two RBIs. Teammates Jim Volz went 2-3, Joe Trail hit a solo homer and Brian Bossom pitched a complete game, striking out four and walking two. For Pleasureville, Scott Ream went 2-2, while teammate Travis Shaffer went 2-3. With the victory, Jefferson improves to 10-7, while Pleasureville falls to 4-15.