SPRY — There’s no question that baseball fever is contagious in the Dallastown area these days.
With the high school team making it all the way to the PIAA Class 6-A title game a few weeks ago, other teams in the area are looking to catch the bug too.
One of the those teams is York Township. With a handful of Dallastown standouts on the roster, YT is currently in the middle of the pack in the Susquehanna League regular- season race.
Township, however, has scuffled a bit of late. They entered Thursday evening’s battle with defending league champ Hallam on a three-game skid. Those losses, though, have come by a combined total of five runs.
Manager Robin Striebig’s club needed a big hit in those setbacks, but didn’t get it. Against the Express, Township finally got a couple.
Maxwell Nail and Matt Attig drove in runs with singles during a seven-run third inning that propelled YT past Hallam, 8-2.
Township improved to 11-8, while the Express dropped to 12-7.
“Getting a lot of runs early in the game just gets the whole team into a better mentality,” said Attig, who also drew a bases-loaded walk in the third when Township sent 13 batters to the plate.
Putting a crooked number on the board is big in any game, but to do it against Hallam starter Jaron Shimmel makes it more meaningful. Shimmel allowed one hit over the first two innings before the right-hander ran into trouble.
“He’s definitely a good pitcher,” Attig said. “He’s usually pretty solid. He’s been around there for a while so he knows what he’s doing.”
Shimmel, however, ran into control issues. He walked four batters in the second before he was pulled after recording just one out.
Striebig was happy to see the third-inning explosion.
“The last couple of games we were just one hit away,” he said. “We lost three in a row before tonight by a total of (five) runs. Tuesday night we left the go-ahead runs on base and couldn’t drive them in. So tonight it was good to see us bring them in.”
Those runs helped Township starter James Striebig. The right-hander gave up a RBI single to Angel Matias in the first inning but settled into a groove after that. The right-hander struck out seven while scattering seven hits to pick up the complete-game victory.
Micah Striebig matched Attig with two hits for Township. Hallam was led by Matias and Xavier Bonilla, who each collected a pair of hits.
Notes: While 51-year-old Jay Dimler, who pitched a one-hitter against East Prospect a few weeks ago, didn’t play on Thursday for Township, the Express gave some of their veteran players some action. Brian Crumbling, who has 97 career victories at 49 years old, pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Corey Knaub, who will turn 51 next month, batted twice, while Chris Grothe, who is 51, singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
East Prospect 9, Red Lion 5: At Red Lion, the visitors plated five runs in the top of the fifth to break a 3-3 tie. Ryky Smith led the Pistons by going 4 for 5, including a double, with two RBIs and one run scored. Also for Prospect, Jeremy Mohr went 3 for 4, including a double, with two RBIs and one run scored; D.J. Ream went 3 for 4 with one run scored; Dan Marano went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and one run scored; and Ryan Smith went 2 for 4 with one run scored. For Red Lion, Cole Daugherty hit a solo homer, Bren Taylor doubled with two RBIs and Jake Wapinsky doubled.
Jacobus 6, Felton 4: At Felton, the Jackals used three-run outbursts in the first and sixth innings to secure the win. Drew Kelley (three hits, RBI, run) and Kyle Saxman (two hits, run) led Jacobus. Casey Markey allowed two earned runs over five innings to get the win. Michael Carr got the save with two one-hit, scoreless innings, striking out four. Jordan Rhodes (two hits, homer, two RBIs, run) paced Felton.
Windsor 11, Conrads 8 (6 innings): At Conrads, Ian Hartman led the visitors by going 2 for 2, including a double, with two runs scored and two RBIs. Also for Windsor, Brian Dinsmore went 1 for 1 with two RBIs and two runs scored; Shawn Wilson went 1 for 2 with two RBIs; Bryce Billet went 1 for 2 with three runs scored; and Matt Robinson doubled and drove in two runs. For Conrads, Joe Yourgal went 3 for 3 with one run scored; Brad Church homered with two runs scored and two RBIs; Kevin Keesey went 2 for 3 with two RBIs; Rick Thompson had two RBIs and one run scored; and Dyson Renn doubled.
Glen Rock 9, Mount Wolf 8: At Glen Rock, after trailing 8-5 going into the bottom of the sixth, the home team plated four runs to complete the comeback. Daniel Rogers led the home team by going 4 for 4, including a double, with four RBIs and one run scored. Also for Glen Rock, Scott Merkel went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI, Joseph Young went 2 for 3 with a double and one run scored, John Rivera-Moore went 2 for 3 with one run scored and relief pitcher Joshua Houser pitched the final 3 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two, while allowing no runs and one hit to record the win. For Mount Wolf, Tyler Page went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, John Mehring went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored, Ryan Wentzel went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Brant Myers went 2 for 3 with one RBI, Mark Burnside went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Dustin Kuhn doubled.
Dillsburg 8, Vikings 8: At Dillsburg, all the runs came in the final three innings, but the two teams settled for a tie. Alex Rohrbaugh paced Vikings with two hits, four RBIs and two runs scored, while Cole Bixler had two hits and a run scored. Dillsburg was paced by Mitch Mackey, who had two hits and three RBIs, and Alex Horvath, who had two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Manchester 7, Jefferson 7 (6 innings): At Manchester, after six innings of play, the game was called because of darkness and ended in a tie. Kurt Seiders led the visitors, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Teammate Ethan Lear went 2 for 3. For Manchester, Brayton Bare went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Stoverstown 12, Pleasureville 3: At Pleasureville, Austin Rickrode had a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the visitors. Also for the Tigers, Austin Botts went 1 for 1 with two runs scored, one RBI and three walks; Levi Krause doubled with three runs scored and three walks; Zach Schuler and Ryan Kehr each doubled; and Jordan Lehman started on the mound, throwing six innings, striking out five and walking four to pick up the win. For Pleasureville, Ben Reed went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and one run scored.
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