Manchester wins thriller to move to Central League finals: local baseball roundup
Just when it looked like Mount Wolf was about to extend its best-of-three Central League semifinal series with backyard rival Manchester to a rubber game Saturday morning, the Indians quashed those dreams in fantastic fashion.
After the Wolves broke a 5-5 deadlock by scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning, the Indians were down to their final out in the bottom of the frame.
Austin Allison drove in Justin Lichtenwalner with a two-out single to left to even the score. After a walk to Joe Capobianco, Robbie Elzinga singled in Allison for a thrilling 7-6 walk-off victory.
With Thursday’s 6-2 triumph, the Indians advanced to the finals where they will meet the winner of the other semifinal series between Jefferson and Stoverstown.
Saturday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair with the Wolves taking a 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back doubles from Grant Hoover and Brinden Floyd.
Elzinga drove in Allison with the Indians first run in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Mount Wolf got that run back in the top of the third on a RBI groundout by Nick Sprenkle.
Lichtenwalner had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, the Manchester slugger instead settled for a sac fly to center that brought the Indians back within a run at 3-2.
After the Wolves were shut down in the fourth by Jordan Nichols (six innings, eight hits, five walks, seven strikeouts), Matt Jordan put the home team ahead with a two-run double that scored Capobianco and Elizinga.
Austin Allison (2-for-4, two runs, two RBIs) added an insurance run with a RBI double in the fifth to make it 5-3.
The Wolves evened it up in the sixth on a single by Hoover and a bases-loaded walk that brought in the tying run.
After a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth, the Wolves went ahead when Hoover drove in Kyle Musser with a groundout to first to make it 6-5.
Mount Wolf starter Joe Harris (nine hits, seven runs, three walks, three strikeouts) sandwiched a walk to Logan Allison around a pop out and a ground out to second to get within an out of forcing a pivotal Game 3. Austin Allison, however, swatted a 3-2 pitch to left to even it up before Elizinga matched his teammate with some walk-off magic.
Sunday games: The teams are set for the Susquehanna and Central league finals after three high-scoring games on Sunday.
Sunday Windsor 9, Hallam 1: At Windsor, Shawn Wilson led the Cardinals to the deciding Game Three semifinal victory by going 2 for 4 at the plate, including a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. Teammate Brandon White went 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored; Brandon Ritchie went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, one run scored; Matt Robinson went 2 for 3 with one RBI; Tyler Stabley connected for a solo homer; Kieran Kearns went 1 for 3 with two RBIs; Kyle Daugherty scored two runs; and Jason Krieger started the game on the mound and threw for six innings, striking out six, walking five, allowing four hits and one earned run to pick up the win. For the Express, Ethan Shimmel went 1 for 3 at the plate, including a double, one RBI; and teammate Owen Shimmel went 1 for 2 at the plate.
Saturday: Windsor 20, Hallam 7: At Hallam, the Susquehanna League champs clobbered the Express early by scoring eight times in the first inning to even the best-of-three series up at 1-1. Connor Dewees had a big day at the plate for the Cardinals. Dewees drove in eight runs on four hits, two of which were home runs. Jason Kreiger drove in three runs, while Zach Gettys and Shawn Wilson also clubbed home runs for Windsor. The Express finished with 15 hits for the day, including a 3-for-5 contest from Nathaniel Brown, who drove in two runs in the setback.
With Sunday's win, Windsor now moves on to the league Championship Series and will play York Township in a best-of-5 series.
Sunday: York Township 12, East Prospect 8: At York Township, the home team plated six runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie and went on to capture the deciding Game Three semifinal victory. Individually for York Township, Robert Leon went 3 for 3 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs; Dennis Porter Jr. went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, one RBI; Stephen Miele went 2 for 3 at the plate, including a double, two RBIs, two runs scored; Jake Reichard went 2 for 3 with two runs scored; Max Naill went 2 for 4, including a double, one RBI; Brady Lefever went 2 for 4 with two RBIs; and Jeffrey Deveney went 1 for 2 at the plate with two runs scored, one RBI. For the Pistons, Austin Denlinger went 3 for 4 at the plate, including a double, two runs scored; Dalton Renn went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, one run scored; Mark Schauren 2 for 4 at the plate, including a double, one RBI, one run scored; and Ryky Smith went 1 for 2 at the plate, including a double and two runs scored.
Saturday: East Prospect 5, York Township 4: At East Prospect, the Pistons extended their series with Township to a Game 3 with a seventh-inning walk-off victory. Leading 3-1 heading into the top of the seventh, EP’s advantage quickly dissipated. Singles by Max Naill and Jeff Deveney proceeded a three-run home run off the bat of Brady Lefever putting YT up by a 4-3 margin. After dropping Game 1, the Pistons’ season was on the line. Veteran Mark Schauren ripped a one-out double to center that advanced teammate Dalton Renn to third before Dylan Stoops smoked a walk-off two-run single to send the Pistons to victory.
With Sunday's win, York Township now moves on to the league Championship Series and will play Windsor in a best-of-5 series.
Sunday: Jefferson 5, Stoverstown 4: At Jefferson, Tyler Troxel's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh scored Ross Drawbaugh and Derek Sheckard to give the Titans a walk-off game two semifinal victory. Drawbaugh went 1 for 2 at the plate with one run scored, Sheckard went 1 for 3 with one run scored; and teammates Emidio Bucci went 2 for 3 at the plate, including two doubles, one run scored; Andrew Kramer went 1 for 3 with one run scored; relief pitcher Sam Crater threw two shutout innings while striking out two, walking none and allowing two hits to pick up the win and Jon Kibler started the game on the mound, throwing five innings and striking out six, walking two and allowing one earned run to take a no-decison. For the Tigers, Austin Rickrode went 2 for 3 at the plate with three RBIs; Joe Yourgal went 2 for 3 with one run scored; and Zach Nadolny went 2 for 4 the plate.
Saturday: Jefferson 5, Stoverstown 4: At Stoverstown, the top-seeded Tigers couldn’t hold a late lead in a Game 1 loss to the Titans. Andrew Kramer ripped a two-run, two-out single to right in the top of the sixth that plated Derek Sheckard and Brevin Neveker to even the score at 4-4. After an error and a sacrifice bunt, Jefferson took the lead in the seventh on a fielding error. That was enough for Titans starter Zach Reed, who sat the Tigers down 1-2-3 in the seventh to earn the victory. Reed fanned 11 while allowing four runs (two earned) in seventh innings. Zach Nadolny drove in two run with a home run for the Tigers.
With the wins, Jefferson now moves on to the league Championship Series and will play Manchester in a best-of-3 series.