DOVER — There’s a lot of uncertainty as the York-Adams American Legion baseball season is coming to a close.
Pleasureville has won the league’s regular season and will get a bye into next week’s double-elimination, eight-team league playoffs. Post 799 has also sewn up a berth in the Region IV playoffs in mid-July.
The only other certainty is that Stewartstown will not participate in the special one-game playoffs set for Sunday because of a lack of available players. As a result, the second-place team in terms of points after the regular season ends on Saturday will now join Pleasureville in avoiding playing in a "super play-in" contest Sunday.
Dallastown was hoping to be among the teams in contention for a high seed for its Sunday "super play-in" when Phil Jeanmenne’s team traveled to Dover Wednesday evening. Post 605, however, did itself no favors after squandering a two-run lead through three innings.
Trailing by two after six frames, Jeanmenne’s club rallied to even the score at 7-7 in the seventh. Neither side would score again and the contest ended in a 7-7 deadlock after eight innings.
Post 605’s record moved to 4-1-1 with the tie. According to league officials, the top two teams by points (two for a win, one for a tie) will earn the byes Sunday. Dallastown’s maximum point total is now 11 with one game remaining Friday against New Oxford. In terms of points, Pleasureville (23) is first, followed by New Oxford (16), Northeastern (14), Red Lion (14), Gettysburg (13) and Hanover (12).
“We want to be in,” Jeanmenne said after Wednesday’s tie. “We’d like to at least give it a shot to defend our title.”
The good news for Dallastown is that the playoff seeding for the 12 teams playing on Sunday will be decided by winning percentage, not by points. That's good news for Dallastown, which has one of the highest winning percentages in the league.
With a roster that includes some of the marquee names — Nick Parker, Alex Weakland, Joe Capobianco and others — that played with the state-finalist Dallastown High School team this spring, Post 605 would figure to be a favorite in the league playoffs.
Jeanmenne, however, pointed out that he will likely not have all of those players available every night.
“It’s going to be a struggle,” he said. “I know that we have a lot of talent on this team, but it is by no means a walk in the park. We are going to have to scratch and claw to succeed because that’s what we’ve been doing lately.”
Wednesday's game: Wednesday’s game was a case in point. Only two of his regular starters began the game against Dover. Despite that fact, Jeanmenne was pleased with the effort of his club, including a terrific game by Lee Kling, who collected two of his team’s seven hits.
“He had a hell of a game,” Jeanmenne said. “Two hits and was on base another time after an error. And that was the first game of the year that he’s started for me.”
Anothony Friday and Trey Neiman led Dover with two hits each. Neiman drove in three runs while Friday collected two.
Dover hurt itself defensively with eight errors, including three during Dallastown’s two-run seventh inning.
OTHER LEGION GAMES
Pleasureville 12, York 2 (5 innings): At Small Field, Michael Nizinski led the visitors by going 3 for 4 with five RBIs, two runs scored and one stolen base. Nizinski also threw five innings on the mound, striking out seven, walking four and allowing three singles. Also for the winners, Nicholas Myers went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and one RBI, while Benjamin Ward, Ryan Pepler and Cannon Maye each doubled. Pleasureville improved to 11-0-1 and clinched the regular-season title and a Region IV playoff berth.
Stewartstown 9, Shiloh 2: At Stewartstown, Cole Sinnott led the home team by starting the game on the mound and throwing six shutout innings, striking out 11, walking four and allowing two hits. Also for Stewartstown, Joey Thomas had a grand slam, to go with two runs scored and three walks; Carson Fish doubled with two RBIs and a walk; and Ryan Goff went 1 for 2 with two RBIs and two walks. For Shiloh, Marcus Hill doubled.
Red Lion 8, Suburban York 3: At Red Lion, Ben Price (two hits, triple, two RBIs, three runs) and Sean Glatfelter (two hits, three runs) powered the home team. Red Lion (7-2) took advantage of seven walks allowed and three errors committed by Suburban.
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