GLEN ROCK – Seemingly every team in the Central League this season is looking for that one game that will propel them into a momentum-shifting hot streak.
Stoverstown is hoping that Tuesday’s comeback against Glen Rock is just that.
After seeing the hosts put up seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go ahead by six, the Tigers rallied back in a big way in their final frame.
A two-run homer by Austin Botts got the ball rolling for Ryan Kehr, who crushed a bases-loaded double off the fence in center. The visitors tacked on four more runs to cap an 11-run seventh that sent it home with a satisfying 15-10 triumph.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a team score 11 runs in the last inning to win a ballgame,” said Stoverstown manager Tim Thoman. “I know that my team is capable of doing it at any time, it’s just that we haven’t been doing it too much so far this year.”
The Tigers, who sat atop the standings for much of last year before a late run by eventual-champion Jefferson, improved to 8-5 on the season. First-place Glen Rock dropped to 9-4.
“It was a great win for us,” Thoman said. “I hope that this might be the win that jump starts the Tigers.”
‘The Rock’ appeared to be in great shape to pick up its third-straight victory over their rivals. After escaping a jam in the sixth, the home team plated four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a comfortable 10-4 lead.
With closer Scott Merkel on the mound to begin the seventh, the Glen Rock faithful figured it was over. Merkel has been nearly untouchable whenever he's been given the ball to close out a game.
Not so much on Tuesday, as the right-hander couldn’t find the strike zone. He walked the first batter in the seventh before surrendering a two-run homer to Botts.
Things didn’t get much better after that. Three straight singles loaded the bases before Merkel walked in a run to make it 10-7.
Reliever Andy Rosenzweig came on, but he fared no better. He walked in another run before allowing a bases-clearing double to Kehr.
“Bases juiced…I’m just trying to get something to the outfield,” said Kehr. “I guess it worked and we strung something together.”
Back-to-back walks loaded the bases again for the visitors. Another walk pushed one more run across before Austin Rickrode capped off a tremendous inning with a bases-clearing double of his own.
Zach Schuler led a 15-hit Stoverstown attack with three of his own, while Kehr, Rickrode, J. W. Besore and Cody Boren — who batted twice during a seventh inning in which the Tigers sent 16 batters to the plate — each tallied two hits apiece.
‘The Rock’ finished with 16 hits for the contest with six batters collecting two hits each. Dan Rogers drove in three runs while Rosenzweig and Bryan Procopio each drove in two runs.
OTHER CENTRAL LEAGUE RESULTS
Manchester 1, Shiloh 0: At Manchester, Kenny Kopp out-dueled Shiloh starter Randy Frankenfield to earn his team the win. Kopp pitched a complete-game four-hitter, while striking out three. Trey McWilliams provided the game's only offense with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Frankenfield limited Manchester to just five hits in his complete-game performance.
Mount Wolf 5, Pleasureville 4: At Mount Wolf, the Wolves walked-off with the win after scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to down Pleasureville. Dan Dierdorff had two doubles and an RBI for Mount Wolf, while Adam Petersen drove in a team-high two runs. Pleasureville got two RBIs from Beau Burris.
Jefferson 16, Dillsburg 2 (6 Innings): At Jefferson, Ross Drawbaugh went 2 for 3, including a solo homer in the fourth to lead the home team to the victory. Teammates Joe Jasinski went 3 for 5, Kurt Seiders went 2 for 2 with two walks, Derek Sheckard went 2 for 3 with a walk, Scott Trail connected for a triple and Brian Bossom threw a complete game on the mound, while striking out five and walking one.
OTHER SUSQUEHANNA LEAGUE RESULTS
Windsor 10, Felton 1: At Windsor, the Ducks broke open a 3-1 contest with a five-run bottom of the fourth to down the Ducks. Matt Robinson had a home run and three RBIs for Windson, while Connor Dewees drove in four runs on three hits, including two doubles. Felton's only managed three hits in the contest, as Tyler Myers pitched a complete game for the Cardinals.
East Prospect 6, Stewartstown 2: At East Prospect, a five-run bottom of the third by the Pistons broke a 1-1 deadlock and put the home side on its way to a convincing win over the Vets. Anthony Torreullas and Jeremy Mohr each drove in two runs for East Propsect, while DJ Ream hammered two doubles. Craig Martin was credited with Stewartstown's only RBI, while Jason Mitchell and Justin Sommer each hit a double.
Jacobus 3, York Township 1 (9 innings): At York Township, the Jackals scored twice in the top of the ninth to earn the win in extra innings. Brian Crimmel was credited with Jacobus' only RBI of the game, coming in the ninth inning to break the 1-1 tie. Brian Hudish had a triple for the Jackals, as well, while Kerry Clark pitched a complete game. Derek Pitzer drove in York Township's only run, the tying run in the bottom of the sixth.
OTHER LEGION RESULTS
Dallastown 8, South Western 2: At Dallastown, Cam Urey led the home team to the victory by going 2 for 3 at the plate and collecting three RBIs. Teammate Jake Gates started the game on the mound, threw five-plus innings, while striking out nine, walking four to pick up the win. Sean Reding and Alex Weakland also each connected for one double apiece. Dallastown as a team only allowed the visitors to just two hits for the game.