CENTRAL LEAGUE: First-round playoff pairings are set
The pairings have been set for the first-round Central League baseball playoff series.
Regular-season champion Glen Rock (29-3) and second-place Mount Wolf (20-10-2) received byes.
Sixth-place Jefferson (15-16-1) will face third-seeded Shiloh (18-12-2), while fifth-place Stoverstown (18-13-1) will battle fourth-seeded Manchester (19-3-0). Game 1 in each of the first-round best-of-3 series is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with Shiloh and Manchester acting as the home teams.
The second game in each series is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Jefferson and Stoverstown.
Game 3 in each series, if needed, will be played Tuesday evening back at Shiloh and Manchester.
CENTRAL LEAGUE GAMES
Stoverstown 7, Dillsburg 0: At Stoverstown, Austin Botts led the home team to the victory by going 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two doubles and two runs scored. Also for Stoverstown, Brandon Warner doubled, while starting pitcher Jake Hockensmith picked up the win, throwing four shutout innings, striking out three and walking none. Relief pitchers Warner and Nick Spangler closed out the game to keep the visitors scoreless. Dillsburg only connected for three singles, with Rusty Simmoneau hitting two of them.
Manchester 8, Jefferson 5 (six innings): At Jefferson, the visitors trailed 5-4 heading into the top of the seventh, but plated four runs to take the lead and capture the victory. Trey McWilliams highlighted the sixth with a two-run double. For the game, McWilliams went 4-for-4, including a solo homer to start the game, and three RBIs. Also for Manchester, Austin Allison went 2-for-3 with a double, Logan Allison went 2-for-4 and Ken Kopp came on in relief of starting pitcher Tyler Lingg in the third to record the win. For Jefferson, Tyler Troxel and Jordan Witmer each went 2-for-3. The game was called after six innings because of darkness.
Shiloh 2, Pleasureville 1 (5 1/2 innings): At Shiloh, the home team broke a 1-1 tie when it plated the go-ahead and eventual game-winning runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Stough led the offense for the home team by going 2-for-2, including a double, with one RBI. Also for Shiloh, Brett Kinneman doubled and Brandyn Smith threw a complete game, striking out three and walking one. For Pleasureville, Matt Meyer went 2-for-3, Derek McMaster tripled and Tyler Fisher threw a complete game, striking out six and walking three. The game was called after 5 1/2 innings because of darkness.
Glen Rock 1, Dover 0: At Glen Rock, the home team broke the 0-0 deadlock by plating one run in the bottom of the seventh. Starting pitcher Brad McCullough led the home team by throwing six shutout innings, striking out eight, walking three and allowing three hits to record the no-decision. Also for Glen Rock, Scott Merkel went 2-for-3 with one run scored, Brian Procopio went 2-for-3 with one RBI, Justin Anderson doubled and Joshua Houser threw a shutout seventh inning to record the win. For Dover, Paul Rogerson threw a complete game, striking out four, walking none and allowing five hits. Teammate Grant Hoover doubled.