Pleasureville coach Elliott Ness will take the positive results from his ball club this year.
Ness, however, would like those results to come with a little more relaxation.
A night after his team waited until its final pitch to tie up its game with New Oxford, Ness’ club didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the sixth Wednesday against visiting Hanover.
Mike Nizinski poked a pitch that skipped past the Hanover right fielder in the sixth to put his team ahead. Nizinski, who started for Pleasureville on the mound, later scored the game’s final run on an error as the American Legion league-leaders earned a 2-0 triumph.
Pleasureville improved to 8-0-1 on the season while remaining ahead of Northeastern atop the standings.
“It’s been a lot of that this year,” Ness said. “Our offense seems to struggle early in games and it takes us a little while to get going. Fortunately, our pitching has been great.”
Nizinski came through when his team needed him the most. The southpaw returned from vacation with his team needing an arm to throw in what has become a very compact regular season. Nizinski allowed just six hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the victory.
“He just came back from vacation and today was his first game back,” Ness said. “So it’s been probably about six weeks since he last pitched (in high school), but, we’re short on pitching. But, I didn’t expect him to go into the seventh inning. He did it all tonight.”
The rising senior at Central York High School enjoyed his evening, which included a visit in the stands from the very Northeastern team that is chasing Pleasureville in the standings.
“We really wanted to show (Northeastern) that we’re still on top and that we intend to take care of things,” Nizinski said. “Seeing them in the bleachers did kind of give us a spark.”
For much of the evening it looked as if Wednesday’s contest would wind up in another tie for Ness and his team.
Shortly after Nizinski pitched himself out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the sixth, the lefty took matters into his own hands to put his team ahead. After Colin Young singled, Nizinski hit a flare into right which skipped past a diving Hanover fielder before heading toward the fence. By the time the center fielder got to the ball, Nizinski was halfway to third.
“I was looking for a pitch over the plate,” he said. “I was trying to find a gap because their pitcher (Alex Dehaas) was keeping us off-balance. So I was looking for a fastball and I ended up getting one that was over the middle of the plate.”
Dehaas surrendered just four hits and that one earned run over six innings for Hanover, which fell to 4-5. Kyle Bowman and Hunter Martz each finished with two hits apiece for the visitors.
OTHER LEGION RESULTS
Dallastown 12, Bermudian Springs 2 (6 innings): At York Springs, Dallastown scored runs in five of its six innings at the plate, including five in the top of the sixth, to down Bermudian Springs. Peter Capobianco drove in a game-high four runs for Dallastown, while Sean Reding and Cam Urey each drove in two runs.
New Oxford 8, Shiloh 3: At Shiloh, Aidan Baadte threw a complete game on the mound to lead the visitors to the victory. Baadte struck out 12 and walked four. Teammate Wes DePorter went 2 for 3, including two doubles and four RBIs. For Shiloh, Colton Kubicki had a double.
OTHER SUSQUEHANNA LEAGUE RESULTS
Jacobus 5, York Township 3: At Jacobus, the Jackals came back from a one-run deficit by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth to down York Township. Mike Austin drove in three runs for Jacobus, which included a double and home run. York Township got RBIs from Micah Striebig, Robert Catchings and Julian Bailey.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org