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BASEBALL: Eastern York's Knarr dominant on mound

DICK VanO'LINDA
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  • Eastern York captured a 9-0 York-Adams League baseball win over York Catholic on Wednesday.
  • Bradon Knarr pitched a two-hit shutout for the Golden Knights, with 10 strikeouts.
  • For the season, Knarr has two shutouts in two outings with 29 strikeouts.

WRIGHTSVILLE — Two outings. Two shutouts. Twenty-nine strikeouts.

Eastern York pitcher Brandon Knarr is displaying, in the young high school baseball season, the talent that earned him an opportunity to pitch at the NCAA Division I college level.

That's next  year, however, when Knarr enrolls at the Notre Dame.

Right now, he's the ace of the staff for a Golden Knights team which is aiming to be part of the York-Adams playoff field again this season.

Knarr delivered another dominant performance Wednesday afternoon, shutting down York Catholic on two hits. The left-hander recorded 10 strikeouts and walked one batter, helping the Golden Knights roll to at 9-0 victory in a York-Adams League crossover game. It was a battle of defending division champions. Eastern took York-Adams Division III last season, while York Catholic was the D-IV champion.

"It was my fastball and curve ball again," said Knarr, whose fastball was clocked in the mid-to-high 80s. "I felt really comfortable out there. I was able to get my fastball over to begin with, and  I was able to back it up with my curve ball."

Knarr consistently stayed ahead of the hitters, going to three balls on just four of the 24 batters he faced.

"The biggest thing I'm seeing this year is more strikes early in the count, instead of going deep in the count," Eastern head coach Blaine Garner said. "He's being very aggressive."

Speaking of aggressive, Eastern's hitters pounded out 15 hits. Drake Renn, Bryce Billet and Knarr, who bats right-handed, each contributed three hits. Billet also drove in three runs.

"The kids are doing great," Garner said. "They're good hitters and patient hitters. Everyone is contributing from top to bottom."

Seven of Eastern's nine starters collected at least one hit, and the Golden Knights scored in five of their six at bats.

"We have the bats to do well again this year," Knarr said. "We have most of our players back."

York Catholic head coach Joe Gurreri said that Knarr "just overpowered" his team.

"It's a tough way to start off the season, facing the Susquehannock pitcher and now Knarr. It's the second game of the season, and we didn't have any scrimmages. This year, we have three or four young guys on our team. They'll learn from this, and we'll move on."

OTHER BASEBALL

York Suburban 6, New Oxford 5: At Suburban, the Trojans scored four times in the bottom of the seventh to come back and walk off against the Colonials. Carson Holsinger led the charge for Suburban, collecting three hits and driving in four runs, including belting two home runs, while he also collected the win as a relief pitcher. Dan Dellinger, Collin Slenker and Nick Miller had two hits each for the Trojans. Zach Rudisill, Brodey Neveker and AJ Baadte each had one RBI for New Oxford.

Central York 15, Dover 3: At Dover, Landon Ness (three hits, three RBIs), Mike Reisinger (two hits, three RBIs, run), Ben Ward (homer, three RBIs, three runs) and Jordan King (three runs, three walks, homer, RBI) powered Central's offense, Ness got the win on the mound, going six innings and allowing one earned run, with six strikeouts and four walks. Central led 3-1 going into the fifth, before erupting for 12 runs over the final three frames.

Northeastern 2, South Western 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats prevailed in the pitchers' duel, scoring a run in each of the first two innings. Josh Rich and Ryan Shindler each drove in runs, which was plenty of offense for pitcher Robbie Clipp, who tossed a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out nine.

Susquehannock 12, Delone Catholic 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors blitzed the Squires, eventually ending the game on a mercy rule in the sixth inning. Hunter Sentz, Ben Trego, Dean Lochte and Peyton Rider each drove in two runs for Susquehannock, while three pitchers combined to hold Delone to just hits.

West York 4, Red Lion 1: At West York, the Bulldogs got a strong start from Zach Gettys to help them to the win. Gettys went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out 10, while Jacob Mease drove in three of West York’s four runs. Red Lion’s only run came from Cole Delp in the top of the sixth.

Gettysburg 3, Spring Grove 2: At Gettysburg, the Rockets plated two runs in the top of the sixth to bring the game within one run (3-2) but were unable to make the full comeback. For the Rockets, Logan Miller went 2 for 3 with one run scored, while Buzz Schuchart doubled with two RBIs and Jon Sager threw a complete game on the mound, striking out seven and walking two in the losing effort.

Kennard-Dale 13, Fairfield 2 (5 innings): At Fawn Grove, Carson Fish and Garrett Lowe each drove in three runs for the Rams. Starting pitcher Ben Stewart allowed two unearned runs on three hits while striking out five to get the win. Stewart also went 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.

Hempfield 8, Dallastown 0: At Hempfield, the Wildcats were shut out on the road by the Black Knights. Tye Golden had a double for Dallastown, while Joe Capobianco had the other two hits for the Wildcats. Hempfield pounded out six extra-base hits, including a double and home run from Angel Colon.

Bermudian Springs 12, York Tech 2 (6 Innings): At York Springs, Tanner Byers led the Eagles by going 3 for 4, including a double, with two runs and one RBI. Also for Bermudian, Tyler Reinert went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI, while Tyler Groft had two doubles and two RB's. For the Spartans, Luke Greisler went 1-1 with one RBI and two walks.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.