LOCAL BASEBALL: Stoverstown gets key win vs. Mount Wolf
- Stoverstown improved to 22-8 with the win vs. Mount Wolf.
- Devin Harbold's sixth-inning RBI single proved to be the differences in the Tigers' 3-2 win.
- Levi Krause had a two-run double for Stoverstown.
STOVERSTOWN — Devin Harbold is long removed from his playing days with Mount Wolf.
Harbold enjoyed a lot of successful seasons with the Wolves during his younger years.
Those days, however, came to an end several years ago. Nowadays the lefty-swinging Harbold is happy when he’s able to join his Stoverstown teammates on their possible journey toward a Central League crown.
His teammates are happy to have him, especially when he comes up in the clutch like he did Tuesday evening against his old team. After the Wolves elected to intentionally walk catcher Austin Botts, Harbold made his former team pay by ripping a single into center.
That sixth-inning hit drove in Levi Krause from second base and proved to be the decisive run in Stoverstown’s 3-2 triumph.
The first-place Tigers improved to 22-8, while Mount Wolf fell to 20-8.
“That was huge,” Stoverstown pitcher Daryl Harang said. “Especially facing a guy like (Mark) Burnside, who is a tough lefty, especially as a left-handed hitter. (Harbold) did a great job. He got a pitch that he wanted and hit it where it was pitched.”
Harbold admitted that it did feel a little sweeter to knock in the game-winning run against his former club.
“I was with them probably about five or six years,” he said with a big smile on his face. “And this is my third year (with Stoverstown). But I did kind of expect them (to walk Botts) … he’s our best hitter. Just trying to keep it simple and keep my hands short to the ball and just put it up the middle, like I did.”
Harbold’s hit allowed Harang to exhale a huge sigh of relief. Stoverstown’s ace surrendered two runs in the third inning. A single to lead off the frame by Mount Wolf’s Ryan Wentzel was followed up by a triple off the bat of Dan Dierdorff. Dierdorff scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Kuhn to make it 2-0.
Those two hits in the third equaled half of the hits allowed by Harang, who was otherwise in control.
It looked like Harang’s stellar performance would go to waste because Burnside was effectively handcuffing the Stoverstown lineup. He retired the first 11 batters he faced until Krause smacked a two-out single in the fourth inning to break up the no-hit bid.
“That’s the best he’s ever pitched,” Dierdorff said.
That one hit was the only one the home team could muster until it finally broke through in the sixth. A one-out walk and a single by Brandon Warner put the tying runs on base. After Burnside retired Zach Schuler on a fly ball, Krause ripped a two-run double to right center that just escaped the glove of Dierdorff to even the score.
“I thought this might be a repeat of the game against Glen Rock,” Harang said of his team’s 3-2 victory last week in which it rallied late to claim victory. “Good pitching and defense on both sides. They came up big getting those two runs and luckily I was able to just keep them there.”
Stoverstown’s victory, coupled with Jefferson’s triumph Tuesday, sets up what could be a memorable finish to the regular season. The Tigers (44 points) and Titans (19-6-3, 41 points) are essentially tied with the season coming to a close Sunday. Stoverstown has two games remaining against Shiloh and Pleasureville, while Jefferson still has games against Shiloh, Pleasureville, Dillsburg and Mount Wolf.
The Wolves are right there as well. Mount Wolf, though, has two big games left against rival Manchester (17-10-2) and Jefferson among its final four contests.
Because of the point structure in the Central League, in which ties equal one point and wins equal two points, the Titans actually control their own destiny. If they and Stoverstown both win out, Jefferson will edge the Tigers by one point, 49-48.
Stoverstown manager Tim Thoman isn’t overly concerned with that scenario at this point. He’s focused on his team playing up to its ability during the final two games of the season.
“For the most part it will come down to us having to take care of our business,” Thoman said. “We still have two tough games against Shiloh and Pleasureville, but make no mistake, this was a huge win tonight.”
Jefferson 2, Manchester 0: At Jefferson, Scott Trail's two-run single in the top of the first provided all the offense the home team would need. Teammate Jon Kibler threw a shutout, striking out 11 and allowing three hits to pick up the win. For Manchester, Mike Houseal threw a complete game, striking out four and allowing two hits, while teammate Logan Allison doubled. Jefferson improved to 19-6-3, while Manchester fell to 17-10-2.
Shiloh 4, Pleasureville 3: At Shiloh, Alex Rohrbaugh's two-run single in the bottom of the fifth gave Shiloh a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish. For the game, Rohrbaugh went 2 for 4, while Cole Bixler went 2 for 3, Brock Gladfelter went 2 for 4, Logan Stover doubled and Brandyn Smith threw six innings, striking out four and walking none, to pick up the win. For Pleasureville, Les Castro went 3 for 3, while Clinton Bohn went 2 for 4, including a double with one RBI, and Beau Burris doubled.
Glen Rock 14, Dover 7 (6 innings): At Dover, Dan Rhodes led the visitors, going 3 for 5, including a three-run homer in the sixth. Also for "The Rock," Connor Hood had two doubles and four RBIs, Dan Rogers went 3 for 4, Alex Coombs went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Connor Miller went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Brian Procopio went 2 for 4 with one RBI. For Dover, Austin Rickrode went 2 for 3 with a solo homer in the fifth. The game was called after six innings because of darkness. Glen Rock improved to 16-12.
Red Lion 7, Stewartstown 4: At Stewartstown, the visitors finished the regular season with a win. Red Lion ended up in fourth place in the regular-season standings at 21.11 Stewartstown finished 15-17. Red Lion plated four runs in the first inning and then had to hold off a Stewartstown rally when it scored four runs in the fifth. Brett Alaimo threw a complete game for the win. The Lions were led at the plate by Alex Zelger, Brady Taylor, Mike Godfrey and Tyler Taylor, who each contributed two hits.
Conrads 11, Felton 6: At Felton, the visitors slugged their way to victory. Conrads finished at 15-17 in the regular season. Felton ended at 4-28. No other details were reported.
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