There have been a number of interesting story lines so far this season around the Central and Susquehanna leagues.
The emergence of Pleasureville as a possible Central League contender may have been overlooked by many.
The Hawks picked up a fourth consecutive victory Saturday after defeating Manchester, 2-1, to improve to 6-7.
“It’s good for the league,” Stoverstown manager Tim Thoman said of Pleasureville’s surge. “I really think that it is.”
While a record hovering around .500 won’t win many championships, it is a bit of a watershed moment for an organization that has never appeared in a York County Championship Series.
After a 2-7 start, Pleasureville has now reeled off victories over contenders such as Stoverstown, Manchester and even league-leading Glen Rock (9-3).
The Hawks are getting a combination of solid hitting and pitching during the surge. Beau Burris is hitting over .500 with seven RBIs. Tyler Wagner is hitting over .400 with seven RBIs. Andrew Spinder has been dominant on the mound with a 2-1 record over 18 innings and a 0.50 ERA.
Combined with the leadership of veterans Scott Ream and Matt Meyer, the Hawks have proven they are no pushovers this season. Pleasureville can cement itself among the league’s best this week with games against Mount Wolf and defending champion Jefferson.
Krause putting together solid season for Stoverstown: While Stoverstown (7-5) hasn’t lived up to its usual lofty expectations so far this season, the Tigers are getting a solid contribution from former Spring Grove High School standout Levi Krause.
Krause has been tearing things up on the mound and at the plate. He is hitting .381 for the season while compiling a 4-1 record that includes two saves to go with a 0.50 ERA.
“Levi is having a good season,” Thoman said. “He’s helped pick up this team several times this year.”
The hot start should not come as much of a surprise. Krause was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Atlantic Region First Team after a solid junior year at California University of Pennsylvania. He led Cal of Pa. with nine home runs while batting .382.
In addition to Krause, the Tigers are getting help offensively from Austin Botts (.550 average), Austin Rickrode (.343 average, team-best 12 RBIs) and Ryan Kehr (.414 average).
Township on the rise: With East Prospect (11-2) getting off to a terrific 10-0 start to the season to lead the Susquehanna League, not much attention has been paid to a resurgence from York Township (10-5).
Teams such as Conrads, Jacobus, Hallam, Red Lion and East Prospect have all improved since Township last won the league playoff title back in 2006.
Township, however, is looking to break back atop the league standings this season. They are doing just that while riding a five-game winning-streak into Tuesday’s showdown with Jacobus (7-5).
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