PLEASUREVILLE — Thus far, Pleasureville’s American Legion team is proving to be head and shoulders above the York-Adams crowd this season.
Coach Elliot Ness has his club following a simple recipe for success — use strong pitching and defense seemingly every game.
When you do that, it’s hard to lose.
Throw in a couple of big innings, and visiting Glen Rock found out just how difficult it is to beat the league leaders.
Post 799 scored five runs in the first inning, added four more in the third and then quickly ended the contest after about 90 minutes by scoring with one out in the fifth to claim an impressive 10-0 triumph that was ended by the 10-run mercy rule.
The home team improved to 10-0-1 on the season and can wrap up the regular-season crown outright Wednesday against York.
“It’s been a variety of guys,” Ness said in reference to his pitching staff that has surrendered just 13 runs over 11 contests. “We have a number of guys, but we don’t always have everyone available. Two of the guys that ate up a lot of the innings in the high school season are gone for the weekends. And, obviously, everyone else has been doing a great job.”
Beau Burris allowed just three hits while fanning seven over five innings to pick up the victory on the mound.
The story, however, was the team’s scoring onslaught that was aided in part by eight walks and five Glen Rock errors. Burris, Nick Myers and Landon Ness each drove in two runs apiece to pace an offense that broke through for more than five runs for only the third time all season.
“We really haven’t hit to our full potential,” coach Ness said. “But we’re still winning ball games and that’s what good teams do.”
If Post 799 is able to sync its hitting, pitching and defense together like it did against Glen Rock, the rest of the league should look out. Pleasureville has arguably the deepest pitching staff of any team to advance out of the York-Adams playoffs in years, with coach Ness able to throw any of seven pitchers on a given night.
That depth will be tested in the postseason when teams will be held to a pitch count similar to what was applied at the high school level. During the regular season, the pitch-count rules have not applied, not that Ness really was bumping up against them anyhow.
“I think if we get to that stage (the Region IV playoffs), we should have just about everyone available,” Ness said. “And we can use multiple guys. But regionals will be different with how we’ll have to manage guys. They’re nine-inning games and I’m not really sure how the schedule lays out.”
Pleasureville will wrap up two big advantages if it can defeat York Wednesday. The first one would be the regular-season title, which includes an automatic berth into the Region IV tournament. The other is a bye from the "super play-in day’ scheduled for July 2. All of the other 14 teams in the league will participate in a single-elimination game, with the winners advancing to the double-elimination league playoffs that begin on July 5.
South Western 18, Shiloh 11: At Shiloh, Trevor Bean led the visitors by going 2 for 4, including a triple, with four RBIs and two runs scored. For Shiloh, Colton Kubicki went 3 for 5, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Shiloh, Trent Ketterman went 2 for 3 with three runs scored, Willie Martin went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and Zion Neuman went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.
Stewartstown 12, Bermudian Springs 1 (5 innings): At Stewartstown, Garrett Lowe led the home team by going 2 for 3 at the plate, including a double, with three RBIs and one run scored. Also for Stewartstown, Joey Thomas went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI, Mike Lizzi had four RBIs and Ethan Phillips threw all five innings on the mound, allowing three hits and striking out one.
New Oxford 8, Dover 0: At New Oxford, Evan Haymaker led the home team by throwing a shutout, striking out seven, walking one and allowing just two hits.
Hallam 2, Conrads 1: At Hallam, the Express broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh by plating the game-winning run in walk-off fashion. Colby Shimmel picked up the win on the mound, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out six, walking one, allowing no runs and giving up just one hit. Corey Knaub went 2 for 3 with one RBI for Hallam, while Dan Wecker went 2 for 4 and Angel Matias, Jaron Shimmel, and Alex Tucci each doubled. Hallam's Brian Crumbling threw the first 4 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. For Conrads, Carter Krick went 4 for 4 with one RBI and Nolan Boushell went 2 for 3 with a double and one run scored.
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