LOCAL BASEBALL: Glen Rock's Andy Rosenzweig hurls gem
MOUNT WOLF — It's been a long, painful road back from injury for Glen Rock pitcher Andy Rosenzweig.
Rosenzweig, who suffered a partial tear in his right elbow, made just his second start in the past two years on Tuesday evening.
He delivered an outstanding outing, holding Mount Wolf to just two hits in his six innings of shutout work. Just as important to Rosenzweig was that he was able to pitch without pain.
"It's huge for me to walk off there and not be feeling any pain," he said following his team's 7-4 Central League victory.
Mount Wolf rallied for all of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning after Rosenzweig had completed his evening's work, having thrown 73 pitches.
"It feels good to be pitching because that's what I grew up doing," he said.
Rosenzweig struck out four and walked just one.
"I actually kind of got better as the game went on," he said. "My slider was lot better this time around, especially after my fastball started wearing off in the middle innings."
Rosenzweig's teammates provided him with plenty of support, scoring single runs in the first four innings and then tacking on three more in the sixth.
"It's always nice when you can go out there and not being 0-0 all the time," Rosenzweig said. "If I could have one run every inning, that would be great."
Glen Rock (4-2) pounded out 13 hits, with Mike Spadafore, Dan Rhodes, Alex Coombs and Rick Goebeler collecting two hits apiece. Both of Rhodes' hits were doubles, a drive to right-center field in the third and an opposite-field blast to left-center in the sixth.
"On the second one, the pitch was a little bit on the outside corner, and I was able to take it to the opposite field," Rhodes said. "I started off little slow this year, but I've been feeling good lately."
Rhodes was the designated hitter on Tuesday, but, he's also called the signals for Rosenzweig on other occasions.
"Andy's always been able to spot his pitches," Rhodes said. "He's always been good at location, and that's what seems to hold the other teams at bay."
Rhodes wasn't surprised that Mount Wolf made a run at his team in the seventh. The Wolves had the potential winning run at the plate when the final out was recorded.
"It's never been easy up here," he said.
Mark Burnside supplied two hits for Mount Wolf (5-2), which sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Stoverstown 3, Jefferson 1: At Jefferson, Austin Botts' two-run run single in the top of the first gave the visitors all the offense they would need. Botts went 2 for 3, while Zach Schuler went 2 for 3 with one run scored and one RBI. Levi Krouse doubled for the winners, while starting pitcher Brady Stover threw four-plus innings, striking out four, to pick up the win. For Jefferson, Brian Bossom threw a complete game on the mound, striking out four, while teammate Steve Gentile doubled.
Manchester 8, Dillsburg 0: At Dillsburg, Matt Jordan’s big day at the plate pushed the Indians to victory. Jordan was 2 for 4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored. His efforts supported the pitching of Michael Houseal, who gave up just six hits over seven innings to collect the win on the mound. Joey Bishop was 2 for 3 for Dillsburg.
Pleasureville 7, Dover 3: At Pleasureville, the home team plated all seven runs in the bottom of the second to take a big lead early. Evan Heidlebaugh led the offense for the home team by going 3 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. Also for Pleasureville, Tyler Wagner went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and one run scored, Pat Clement doubled and starting pitcher Andrew Parks threw six innings to pick up the win. For Dover, John Miller went 2 for 3, Colt Zarilla doubled and Jarrod Slagle threw five-plus innings of scoreless relief, striking out six and walking one.
Jacobus 2, East Prospect 1: At Jacobus, after trailing 1-0, Austin Calaman's one-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth gave the home team the lead for good. Calaman went 3 for 3 for the game, including two doubles. Teammate Kerry Clark threw a complete game on the mound to pick up the win. For East Prospect, Ethan Urey hit a solo homer in the top of the second, Matthew Witmer hit a double and Hunter McVey threw a complete game on the mound.
Hallam 18, Stewartstown 2 (6 innings): At Stewartstown, the visitors plated 12 runs in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach. Jaron Shimmel powered the Hallam offense with a grand slam in the fourth. Teammate Alex Tucci picked up the win on the mound.
Spring Grove 13, Stewartstown 3: At Spring Grove, the host team scored seven runs in the first and took advantage of six Stewartstown errors. Logan Miller had four RBIs for the winners, while Derek Hoiles had two hits and two RBIs. Buzz Schuchart got the win, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings, while giving up three runs.
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