STOVERSTOWN – If you blinked, you may have missed a good chunk of the action Thursday night when Stoverstown battled Jefferson in a Central League baseball clash.
The pace of play was extremely brisk, with veteran southpaws Jon Kibler (Jefferson) and Daryl Harang (Stoverstown) on the mound for their teams. The sixth inning, for example, started before the contest was even an hour old.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth, it was still scoreless. That's when the home-standing Tigers were given a gift by the visitors. They turned a one-out grounder to first that was booted into a six-run bottom of the sixth that was highlighted by a two-run double by Brandon Warner.
Those runs were plenty for Harang, who retired the side quickly in the seventh to pick up the victory in a 6-0 Stoverstown triumph.
"(My teammates) love when I throw," said Harang, who needed just 59 pitches in the complete game. "I don't throw too many pitches. I know that I don't throw hard enough to throw it by a lot of guys so I work on just getting the ball in play."
Harang had a few innings when he needed fewer than eight pitches to retire the side. He allowed five hits and walked one while striking out two.
"Just let my defense work at it," he said. "And they made some great plays tonight."
A few timely double plays also helped clean things up for the former York Revolution standout.
But it was going much the same way for the Tigers against Kibler, who also has professional experience under his belt. But it was a ball hit by Matt Brooks to first that ignited the big inning for the home team. That error allowed Kurt Krout, who led off with a single, to move to third with no outs. Levi Krause followed with a single that scored Krout while moving Brooks to third.
Harang, who batted clean-up, hit a grounder to second that was also misplayed, allowing Brooks to score. J.W. Besore followed with a RBI single, Jake Hockensmith added another RBI single before Warner smacked a two-run double to the gap in left-center.
"It seems to be (those errors were) all that we needed to get things going," Harang said. "And with the way Kibler was throwing, he just battles. Everybody knows he's been a great pitcher and he still is."
The victory was much needed for the Tigers (13-11), who were coming off a tough 5-3 loss to Mount Wolf on Tuesday. But it was probably a tougher loss for the crew from Jefferson (13-10-1), which has struggled lately, winning just one of their past seven games (1-6-1).
OTHER CENTRAL LEAGUE GAMES
Mount Wolf 7, Pleasureville 1: At Mount Wolf, starting pitcher Dan Dierdorff led the home team by throwing six innings and striking out 11 while walking none. He allowed no earned runs to pick up the win. Dierdorff also doubled with two runs scored and one RBI. Also for Mount Wolf, Jesse Sargen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Kyle Cook scored three runs and Nick Sprenkle and Dustin Kuhn each doubled. For Pleasureville, Les Castro went 2-for-2, while Clint Bohn threw two innings of scoreless relief.
Dover 9, Manchester 2: At Dover, Derek Slagle pitched a complete-game nine-hitter to get the win. He struck out two and walked two. Jordan Higgins went 4-for-4, including two doubles, with two RBIs and one run scored for the winners. Trent Raber (two hits, two runs) and Grant Hoover (two hits, RBI, run) also excelled for Dover. Josh Reeser and Trae Beyer each had two hits for Manchester, while Dan Sepic doubled.
Shiloh 6, Dillsburg 0: At Dillsburg, Kaden Hepler led the visitors by starting on the mound and throwing six scoreless innings, striking out nine and walking one to record the win. Also for Shiloh, Jacob Molison went 3-for-4, including two doubles, with two RBIs and one run scored; Brandon Wetzel went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI; Ryan Stough went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored; and Cole Bixler went 1-for-2. For Dillsburg, Nathan Deardorff went 2-for-3.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.