PLEASUREVILLE – With just a week left in the York-Adams American Legion baseball regular season, each game becomes more significant.
With the playoffs looming, Pleasureville is trying to solidify its postseason position.
Not surprisingly, Pleasureville took to the field on Wednesday evening looking like a team on a mission against York. The home team wasted little time taking care of business, piling up nine runs in the second before adding six more in the third to earn a nifty 15-0 triumph that was ended by the mercy rule after the top of the fourth inning.
Pleasureville improved to 7-2-2, while York fell to 5-8. Northeastern leads the league at 12-1. After that, a number of teams are vying for the second-place slot.
“I believe we’ll be in the top four,” said Pleasureville coach Bob Davis, looking ahead to the eight-team playoff tournament that is set to start Thursday, July 7. “Unless something happens that I don’t expect.”
If Pleasureville can pitch like it has all season, while hitting like it did Wednesday night, Davis believes his team could be a real threat. Pleasureville pounded out 13 hits Wednesday.
When the playoffs roll around, Pleasureville will need to get on a roll, since the York-Adams league will only get one berth into the Region IV Tournament — the league playoff champion.
“We hit the crap out of the baseball tonight,” Davis said. “And Alex Myers pitched great.”
Myers didn't allow a hit and gave up three walks over four scoreless innings. Both Myers and Mike Davis, who is 2-0 over 17 innings, have not been scored upon so far this season. As a team, Pleasureville’s ERA is under 2.30 for the season.
“I think our pitching is really good,” coach Davis said. “Our hitting wasn’t good to start out. Not everybody was hitting then. But now they’re all hitting.”
Perhaps the hitting has been inspired by new patriotic uniforms that the team has rolled out this year. Gone is the old gray, blue and yellow scheme in favor of a red, white and blue jersey and hat.
“Post 799 (which is written across the front of the jerseys) sponsors us and our uniforms were probably seven or eight years old,” coach Davis said. “So I said to them ‘why don’t we get a little red, white and blue?’ I mean, we’re playing American Legion baseball and they agreed.”
The uniforms didn’t hurt either Mike Davis or Ben Ward. That duo led the way offensively with three hits apiece. Davis finished with two doubles and two RBIs, while Ward added a double and three RBIs.
Notes: The York City School District hasn’t fielded a baseball team in years, yet York has entered a squad in the York-Adams American Legion league throughout that entire time. While the York players and coaches would definitely feel better if their 5-8 mark were reversed, there is a sense of optimism around the squad because the school district has committed to fielding a high school team once more starting next season.
For a guy such as Bob Davis, it feels good that the direction of baseball in York is heading for a better place.
“York City should have a good baseball program,” he said. “I just think that they need some good leadership like Andy (Zayas) and some other people in the community that are willing to give back time for the city. You know baseball is a great game and it’s a great outlet to take really high standards and high expectations and translate that to kids. And when they see that in action is how we play baseball.”
Dallastown 10, Dover 0 (5 innings): At Spry, Avery Strayer and Riley Hamberger combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter to lead the home team. Hamberger threw two innings, striking out five and walking one, while Strayer walked one. Dan Kuklinski led the Dallastown offense, going 3 for 3 with two runs scored, while Eric Morrison went 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. Bryant Holtzapple and Joe Munoz each doubled. Dallastown improved to 8-4-0.
Red Lion 6, Suburban York 4 (9 innings): At Suburban, the visitors scored two runs in the top of the ninth and held on for the extra-inning victory. Cole Daugherty had three of Red Lion's nine hits. Jacob Wolf had four of Suburban's 10 hits. Zach Townsend struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings for Red Lion, which improved to 10-3-1. Red Lion's Connor Dewees fanned six in just 2 2/3 innings. Brendon Delridge pitched a complete game for Suburban, striking out eight.
Glen Rock 4, Bermudian Springs 0: At Glen Rock, Jake Mahan was dominant on the mound, throwing a three-hit shutout, striking out 12 and walking two. Ben Trego led the Glen Rock offense with a 3-for-3 effort with an RBI and a run scored. Mahan had half of Glen Rock's six hits. Glen Rock was helped by five Bermudian errors.
Southwestern 5, Spring Grove 4: At Hanover, the home team broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth and then held on. Derek Hoiles and Cam Sterner each had two hits for Spring Grove. Colin Rzepkowski had two hits for Southwestern. Buzz Schuchart struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings for Spring Grove. Austin Yancheski struck out six in 5 1/3 innings for Southwestern.
Hanover 9, Stewartstown 1: At Hanover, Hunter Marks led the home team by going 3 for 4, including a triple, with two runs scored and one RBI. Also for Hanover, Russell Livesay and Zach Brown hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.
East Prospect 10, Windsor 0: At East Prospect, Seth Lefever and Terry Godfrey combined on a three-hit shutout to lead the home team to victory. Mark Schauren homered for the Pistons, drove in three runs and scored two runs. Dan Marano added two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored, while Matt Witmer added two RBIs. East Prospect moved into sole possession of second place in the Susquehanna League at 14-5.
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