EMIGSVILLE — One thing that Dallastown baseball coach Greg Kinneman doesn’t mind doing is giving the ball to Michael Carr late in a game.
Not surprisingly, Carr doesn’t mind that either. In fact, he seems to thrive on it.
It didn’t appear as if Carr would be needed Monday when Dallastown looked to lock up the York-Adams League Division I outright title when it traveled to Central York.
The Wildcats took the lead early, built on to that lead nicely in the fourth and were a mere six outs away from a 6-0 shutout. The Panthers, however, had other ideas, scoring five times in the sixth to close to within a run.
That’s when Carr came in to shut the door. After a walk that loaded the bases, the Dallastown senior got a flyout to end the rally.
Carr proceeded to mow down the Panthers in the seventh to close out a 6-5 triumph.
The Wildcats, who are on a 10-game winning streak, improved to 13-4 overall while clinching the Division I title in the process after improving to 12-2. Dallastown has now won two straight D-I crowns. Central fell to 9-8 and 8-5.
“This is great,” Carr said. “I love this team. It’s a great team to be a part of.”
Carr’s teammates seem to enjoy having the right-hander on their side as well. In fact, one of them shaved the word "freak" on the right side of his head, something that seemed to puzzle the team’s closer.
“They shaved it there after Senior Night against Red Lion,” he said. “I’m not sure why.”
Perhaps it was because he’s freaky good on the mound. Carr is averaging nearly a strikeout per inning over his 10 appearances far this year.
“Michael Carr did a great job today,” Kinneman said. “And he’s done a great job for us in the last four or five outings that he’s been in that role. He wants the baseball in those big-time situations late in the game for us and undoubtedly he saved the game for us.”
Kinneman, however, didn’t believe he would have to turn things over to his closer after his Wildcats led 6-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Dallastown starter Nick Parker sailed through the first four innings after allowing just two hits. It was the first start of the season for Parker, who has been dealing with an arm injury. With Parker’s pitch count nearing 60, Kinneman brought in Jake Gates in the fifth to get what he thought would be the final nine outs. Gates, who entered the game with a 1.85 ERA on the season, was rocked for seven hits and all five runs while getting just five outs.
“I thought Jake was going to mow ‘em down,” Carr said. “But I guess he didn’t have it today.”
After Carr got the final out on a grounder to second, the Wildcats celebrated their division-clinching victory on the field. They will face the Division II champion in the Y-A League semifinals next week. Dallastown is the defending tournament champion.
“This is a credit to all of the players in the dugout,” Kinneman said. “They bought into what we’re trying to do and every single day they come in ready to work and compete.”
Parker, a Coastal Carolina recruit, led the Wildcats attack with three hits in four trips to the plate. Peter Capobianco added a pair of singles and two RBIs in the victory.
Sandy Paulino finished with two hits for the Panthers, while Nick Myers tallied a hit to go along with two walks for Central.
West York 7, York Suburban 6: At West York, the Bulldogs clinched at least a tie for the York-Adams Division II title. The Bulldogs improved to 10-9 overall and 10-3 in the division. They hold a one-game lead over second-place Gettysburg, which sits at 9-4. West York travels to Gettysburg on Wednesday in the division finale for both teams. A West York win Wednesday will give the Bulldogs the outright division title. If Gettysburg wins, the two teams will share the crown. West York has won five straight division games. Zach Gettys' RBI single in the seventh gave the Bulldogs the walk-off win. Gettys finished with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. He also got the win with two innings of one-hit shutout relief, striking out three and walking one. Robbie Bertucio (three hits, triple, two runs, RBI), Eli Wetzel (three hits), Colton Kubicki (two hits, run) and Jacob Mease (two RBIs, hit, run) also excelled for West York. Suburban was led by Miles Staub (two hits, RBI, run) and Lucas Richardson (two hits, run).
York Catholic 10, Fairfield 1: At Fairfield, Will Catterall powered the Irish by going 4 for 5 with three RBIs and one run scored. The win, combined with Delone's loss to Biglerville, gave York Catholic (10-7 overall) the York-Adams Division IV title with a 10-5 division record. Also for the Irish on Monday, Dillon Hippensteel went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI; Chris DeMarco went 2 for 4, including a double, with two runs scored; Matt Knauer went 2 for 4 with a double, one run scored and one RBI; and Bryce Floyd went 2 for 5 with a double. Knauer also started the game on the mound, throwing 6 2/3 innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing no earned runs.
Susquehannock 4, Eastern York 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors earned a share of the York-Adams Division III title. The Warriors finished at 12-2 in the division, which is the same record as Kennard-Dale. The Warriors are 15-4 overall. Hunter Sentz pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings to get the win, striking out 12, walking one and allowing seven hits. Josh Bobbitt pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings to get the save. Sentz also had two hits, including a double, and a run scored at the plate, while Chase Summers had a hit, two walks and two RBIs. Eastern starter Brandon Knarr pitched four shutout innings, striking out five, but got a no-decision.
Red Lion 3, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, Cole Delp slammed a two-run, first-inning homer and the visiting Lions tacked on an insurance run in the second inning to claim victory. Cameron Czerwinksi tossed five innings, giving up one run on eight hits while striking out four and walking three to collect the win on the mound. Red Lion improved to 14-5 overall and 10-5 in York-Adams Division I.
Dover 6, Gettysburg 1: At Dover, Shane Haffner threw a complete game on the mound, to lead the Eagles to the home victory over the York-Adams Division II leaders. Haffner struck out four, walked one, and allowed 11 hits. Also for Dover, Trevor Staub went 2 for 3, including a double, with one run scored; Andrew Chronister went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, Joe Morrett went 2 for 4 with one RBI and Konner Gibboney and Zach Atland had two runs scored apiece. Gettysburg fell to 11-5 overall and 9-4 in the division. Dover is 7-10 and 5-8.
Red Land 8, Northeastern 5: At Northeastern, the Bobcats surrendered five runs in the top of the first inning and were unable to recover in the non-league battle. Alex Raymond homered and drove in two runs for Northeastern. Josh Rich also drove in a pair of runs for the Bobcats.
South Western 5, Spring Grove 2: At Hanover, Austin Yancheski led the Mustangs by starting the game on the mound and throwing 6 1/3 innings, striking out three, walking two and allowing three hits. For the Rockets, Jon Sager went 2 for 3, including a double, with one run scored, while teammate Ethan Zorbaugh went 1 for 2 with two RBIs.
York Tech 3, Hanover 1: At Hanover, Luke Greisler threw a complete game to laed the Spartans. Greisler struck out 11, walked one and allowed four hits. Also for Tech, Zadin Zorbaugh went 2 for 3, Nathan Chronister and Joey VonRohr each went 2 for 4 with one run scored and Juan Lopez went 2 for 4 with one RBI.
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