SPRY – It's probably safe to say that York Township pitcher Jay Dimler has picked up a trick or two from his time on the baseball diamond.
Dimler owns nearly 200 career victories — regular season and playoffs combined — during his distinguished 27-year career, putting him in the same company as some of the Susquehanna League’s all-time greats.
It's not very often, however, that an older pitcher, such as Dimler, could be expected to keep up with the younger players around the league.
Dimler, despite being 51, is obviously not just any old pitcher.
Fueled by a competitive intensity that still burns as strong as ever, the savvy veteran took great pride in getting the start Sunday afternoon against league-leading East Prospect. Using a variety of off-speed pitches to keep the Pistons' lineup in check, Dimler displayed his mastery on the mound once more. The right-hander hand-cuffed Prospect, limiting the visitors to one hit over seven innings to earn his second victory of the season in Township's 4-1 triumph.
The loss snapped a 10-game winning-streak by the Pistons to open the season. Township, which swept a pair of games Saturday against Jacobus and Conrads, improved to 9-5.
While Dimler joked about playing with players 30-35 years younger than he is now, there's definitely no sense that Dimler’s career is coming to a close anytime soon.
“It’s still fun for me,” Dimler said. “I get to play and do a little coaching.”
Hopefully his Township peers took notes. Unable to throw with the same velocity he had in his younger days, Dimler pitched to contact with great results. Terry Godfrey’s single in the third inning was the only hit that Dimler surrendered.
According to Dimler, who struck out just two batters, his success isn’t all that complicated.
“When you throw strikes, guys will get themselves out,” he said. “They won’t often square it up. Today I’d say they probably had about four or five balls squared up, but only one of them fell in for a hit.”
The home team jumped on East Prospect starter Mike Androconis with the help of some sloppy defense by the visitors. A single that was sandwiched around two errors loaded the bases for Micah Striebig. Township’s center fielder made the Pistons pay. He ripped a single to left to put his team ahead 2-0.
Township doubled the lead in the second on an RBI single by Matthew Attig and a fielder’s choice grounder by D.J. Reed.
That was plenty for Dimler, who held the Pistons off the board until the seventh inning. An error to begin the frame was followed by back-to-back one-out walks that loaded up the bases. Godfrey drove in run when he beat out a potential game-ending double-play grounder, but Dimler finished off his masterpiece by getting a fly out to left.
East Prospect manager Mark Toomey didn’t believe that his team would finish the season unbeaten, but he sounded a little disappointed that he was missing about half of his regular starters for Sunday’s contest.
“We had some guys go on vacation and others were working,” Toomey said.
Toomey, however, didn’t want to use that as an excuse.
“We had guys on base today,” he said. “We just didn’t hit.”
A lot of the credit for that can be directly attributed to Dimler.
“He did a great job,” Toomey said.
Androconis allowed seven hits while striking out six over six innings for the Pistons. Striebig and Attig each finished with two hits apiece to lead Township.
Hallam 17, Felton 0: At Hallam, Jason Christenberry led the Express by throwing a shutout, striking out nine, walking two and allowing four singles. Jaron Shimmel led the offense for the Express by going 3 for 4, including two doubles, with four runs scored and three RBIs. Also for Hallam, Colby Shimmel went 2 for 5, including a grand slam, with five RBIs; Dan Wecker had two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI; Angel Matias went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs; Clayton Miller went 2 for 2, including a double, with one run scored and one RBI; Corey Knaub went 2 for 2 with one run scored; Zach Zambito went 2 for 2 with three runs scored and one RBI; and Xavier Bonilla doubled. For Felton, Dalton Scantling went 2 for 3.
Conrads 12, Jacobus 4: At Conrads, Josh Knaub powered the home team by going 3 for 4, including a homer and a double, with four RBIs. Also for Conrads, Joe Yourgal homered, with two runs scored and three RBIs; Rick Thompson doubled with two RBIs and two runs scored; Travis Hake doubled with two runs scored and two RBIs; Nolan Boushell went 2 for 2, including a double, with one run scored and one RBI; and Glenn Dietrich doubled with two runs scored. Yourgal also threw a complete game, striking out three, walking two and allowing one earned run. For Jacobus, Mike Austin went 2 for 3, Mike Crowe doubled with one RBI and Anthony Ferrell and Brian Hudish each doubled.
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