LOCAL BASEBALL: Strayer pitches Dallastown to Legion victory over Glen Rock
SPRY — Phil Jeanmenne played for more than 20 years in the Susquehanna League.
Never one to let something go unsaid, Jeanmenne admits that he's always talking. But with his playing days now behind him, 'Doc' is experiencing the coaching side of baseball these days with Dallastown's American Legion team.
The good and the bad.
Fortunately for the Dallastown coach, he witnessed a lot of good on Monday night when his team played host to Glen Rock in a regular-season York-Adams showdown. Coming off a rocky outing against Northeastern last week, starter Avery Strayer was able to keep the visitors' potent lineup in check for much of the night.
The right-hander got a whole lot of help from his teammates, who broke out the bats in a big way in the fourth inning. The home team scored seven runs — all with two outs — while collecting eight hits in the frame.
The result was a satisfying 8-1 triumph for Dallastown, a team that needed a rebound after suffering a pair of losses last week.
"That was probably the best game we've played so far all season," said Jeanmenne, whose team improved to 11-3. "Glen Rock is a very good baseball team. They have a lot of senior leadership over there and I believe they have a couple guys that play in college."
The story was Strayer, who rallied back after allowing a run in the first. It could have been a bit worse had it not been for an excellent throw from center-fielder Joe Munoz that gunned down Luke Knott at the plate to end the frame.
"That play in the first inning was a big play," Jeanmenne said. "Huge throw by Munoz."
Dallastown evened the score with an unearned run in the second. A two-base error allowed Eric Morrison to reach to start the frame. Then a pair of wild pitches by Knott, who threw five of them during the contest, allowed Morrison to score.
Strayer didn't breeze through any inning until his last. Glen Rock was able to get runners on base with less than two outs in each of the first six innings. The Dallastown starter, however, was able to work around jams by utilizing a moving fastball with an occasional off-speed pitch.
"I was pretty much 80-90 percent fastball," said Strayer, who allowed six hits while walking three and striking out three. "I just tried to hit the corners."
Life got a lot easier for Strayer after his team batted around in the fourth against Knott. After retiring the first batter of the frame, Knott surrendered three straight singles to load the bases. After a strikeout, the Dallastown bats collectively erupted. Three singles, a double and a triple followed.
By the time Knott finally got the final out of the frame, the damage was done.
"Station-to-station baseball," Strayer said. "Just doing what a good team does."
The victory was not only a big morale boost for the squad after a rough week, it also helped solidify the team's grip on a top-four seed for next week's playoffs. With weather causing a number of postponements over the past few weeks, it was decided that the playoffs — typically a double-elimination format — will be reduced to just a single-elimination, eight-team bracket.
That will likely add more drama, especially considering only one team will advance to the regional round.
"What I've seen from this team here tonight was very impressive," Jeanmenne said. "And its real impressive for a team to come together, pick each other up and stay together like we did tonight. It was just one of those games."
Cody Somerville led a 10-hit Dallastown attack with two hits. Every other batter in the starting lineup collected one hit apiece. Chase Miller had a triple while Morrison belted a double during the fourth.
Knott and T.J. Lochte finished with a pair of hits for Glen Rock (7-4).
OTHER AMERICAN LEGION GAMES
Spring Grove 9, Suburban York 0: At Spring Grove, Jay Yeater led the home team by going 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double, with three RBIs. He also threw a complete game to get the victory on the mound, striking out three, walking two and allowing just three singles. Also for Spring Grove: Buzz Schuchart went 3-for-3 with a double, Derek Hoiles went 2-for-4 with a double, Jon Sager went 2-for-4 with a triple and Austin Piety went 2-for-3.
York 9, Dover 1: At Dover, the visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. Starting pitcher Christian Morales led the visitors on the mound by throwing six innings to pick up the win, striking out three, walking none and allowing four singles. Also for York, Justin Nell went 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Lizangel Pilier doubled. For Dover, Joe Morrett went 2-for-4.
Red Lion 4, Shiloh 3: At Red Lion, Alex Zelger's RBI in the bottom of the seventh broke a 3-3 tie and secured the walk-off victory. For the game, Zelger went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Also for Red Lion, Matt Taylor went 2-for-4, including a triple, while Erik Paules threw a complete game. For Shiloh, Andrew Copeland went 2-for-3, including a solo homer in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3. Red Lion improved to 8-4.
Northeastern 6, Bermudian Springs 3: At York Springs, the visitors used a four-run fourth to earn the win. Brayton Bare got the victory in relief of Adam Kipp, allowing two unearned runs in four innings. Trae Beyer and Devon Ream doubled for the winners. Beyer's double drove in a run. Drew Wolfgang, Brady Dolan and Bare had RBI singles for Northeastern. First-place Northeastern improved to 15-1.
South Western 7, Wrightsville 0: At Hanover, the home team received a forfeit victory.
SUSQUEHANNA LEAGUE GAMES
Jacobus 10, Hallam 7: At Hallam, Joel Buchko's RBI single in the top of the seventh scored Drew Kelley for the go-ahead run to secure the road victory in a battle of Susquehanna League leaders. For the game, Buchko went 2-for-4, including a double, with two RBIs. Also for Jacobus, Kelley went 2-for-3, Austin Calaman went 2-for-2, Brian Crimmel went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Anthony Ferrell went 2-for-4 with a double. For Hallam, Jon Benchich went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Dan Wecker went 4-for-4 with a double and Eric McNeil went 2-for-4. First-place Jacobus improved to 15-1, while third-place Hallam fell to 13-7.
Conrads 5, York Township 2: At York Township, the visitors led 5-1 after four innings and went on to capture the victory. Justin Berkstresser and Kevin Keesey each hit RBI singles to lead the offense for the visitors, while Randy Stewart threw a complete game, striking out three and walking one. Stewart did allow 10 hits, but all were singles. Micah Striebig and Matt Attig each went 2-for-4 for Township.
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