The Community Cup is staying in Lancaster.
The Barnstormers made sure they would keep the cup on Thursday evening with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the York Revolution in front of 4,668 fans at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The win ended the regular-season series between the War of the Roses rivals at 10-10. The Community Cup annually goes to winner of the series. Since this year's series ended in a tie, the cup remains with the team who won the trophy last year. In this case, that is Lancaster.
Lancaster, the first-half Atlantic League Freedom Division champion, improved to 16-10 in second-half action. The Barnstormers again lead the division and increased their edge over York (13-13) to three games. The Revs fell to 49-47 overall, while Lancaster improved to 61-35.
York jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 21/2 innings, sparked by solo homers from Jeff Fiorentino and Scott Grimes. Lancaster, however, plated three runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 edge that would stand up for the rest of the game.
Grimes and Michael Hernandez each had two hits for York, while Andres Perez supplied York's other RBI.
Lancaster took the lead in the fifth sparked by a double from Blake Gailen, who finished with two RBIs on the night.
Gilberto Mejia paced the Barnstormers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
J.D. Durbin got the win for Lancaster and improved to 8-8 on the year. He allowed three runs over six innings. Durbin struck out six, walked four and gave up seven hits. The Lancaster bullpen checked York on one infield single over the final three innings.
Ryan Feierabend (4-3) took the loss for York. He lasted seven innings, walked two, struck out none and allowed four runs, three of which were earned.
York begins a six-game road trip Friday night at Long Island.
Revs add player, release Shanks: The Revs signed left-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder Johan Limonta, it was announced Thursday by Manager Andy Etchebarren.
Limonta is expected to join the team on Saturday at Long Island. In a corresponding move, the team has released outfielder James Shanks.
Limonta, 29, began the season at Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization, where he batted .279 in 41 games played. He then played in the Mexican League with Mexico City, hitting .384 in 27 games. A year ago, the Cuban defector hit .319 with 14 home runs for Tacoma in his first promotion to the Triple-A level.
Limonta was a Southern League All-Star with West Tennessee in 2010, when he batted .302 with 14 homers. He is a career .297 hitter with 69 home runs and 420 runs batted in.
Born in Havana, Limonta attended school in the United States at Miami-Dade College before being drafted by Seattle in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. He joins current Revs Ryan Feierabend, Stephen Penney, Brandon Haveman and Travis Scott as former Mariners farmhands now in York.
With five outfielders under contract, the release of Shanks avoids a logjam in an already crowded outfield.
"That was one of the most difficult moves I've ever had to make," Etchebarren said. "I love (Shanks) like he's one of my kids. We've been together for five years, and he's been part of two championships here in York. But he'll have the opportunity to sign elsewhere and get more at-bats than he would have gotten here. He's excited about that."
Shanks batted .249 with nine home runs and 41 RBI in 77 games in an injury-plagued 2012 season with York. He had only appeared in two of the team's last six games.