LOCAL BASEBALL: Pleasureville rallies past Dallastown in battle of Legion powers
SPRY — There's little doubt that Pleasureville is one of the hottest teams in the York-Adams American Legion League.
Not even a little rainfall could put a damper on Coach Bob Davis' crew.
Despite losing the lead midway through Monday's regular-season finale against Dallastown, the boys from Pleasureville showed patience and poise during periods of rain. The visitors drew five walks during a four-run fifth inning when Dallastown pitchers found it tough to find the strike zone.
Those runs erased a one-run deficit and propelled Pleasureville to a 7-5 victory.
Pleasureville, which has won nine straight, improved to 15-2 and appears poised to make a run in the upcoming league playoff tournament. Dallastown is 13-4 and will also compete in the eight-team postseason tournament, which will determine the league's representative in the Region 4 playoffs.
"This game was a pretty big deal," Pleasureville's Mike Davis said. "But that rain was pretty crazy there in the fourth inning."
The visitors appeared to be cruising toward a victory after taking an 3-0 lead in the first inning. Starting pitcher Colin Smeltzer breezed through the first two innings, allowing just one batter to reach base (hit by pitch).
Dallastown hasn't exactly been a quick starter in games as of late, however. The home team kicked things into gear in the third, scoring a run on a wild pitch. Then, with the rain starting to fall, Dallastown plated three runs in the fourth. Center fielder Joe Munoz (3-for-3, two RBIs) had the big blow in the frame, knocking Smeltzer out of the game with a two-run double to put his team ahead.
Just as the storm seemed to sweep all the momentum toward the home side, however, it swept it right back away in the top of the fifth inning. The steady rain proved difficult for a trio of pitchers for the home town club. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Connor St. Pierre tied the contest. The visitors regained the lead with four consecutive bases on balls.
"We always seem to have our big innings that we like to break out in," Mike Davis said. "We kind of live and die by those. Sometimes we'll give up big innings, but usually we come back from them."
With the lead, Coach Bob Davis was able to bring in his son to finish off the contest. While he did allow an RBI single to Riley Hamberger in the sixth inning, he otherwise pitched effectively to record the save.
"It was tough out there for the pitchers with the rain and everything," Mike Davis said. "It was hard to get a grip on the ball at times and it seemed to mess up everybody."
Everybody except Mike Davis.
"We usually give him the ball late in games," Bob Davis said of his son. "He hits spots and he's always in the zone. Throws ground balls and fly balls and strikes guys out. And, like all of the guys in this league, he's an accomplished pitcher."
Adam Reed led the visitors with two hits, which included a first-inning double that was the only extra-base hit of the contest. St. Pierre drove in two runs for Pleasureville. Beau Burris, who relieved Smeltzer in the fourth, picked up the victory.
OTHER LEGION BASEBALL
Shiloh 5, Gettysburg 5: At Shiloh, the two teams battled to a tie. No other details were provided.
Correction: Quotes by Pleasureville's Colin Parks were incorrectly attributed to another player in Friday's Dispatch.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.