SPRY — In some ways, the York-Adams American Legion regular season was merely a dress rehearsal for Dallastown Post 605.
A late start to the season because of an extended run by the standout high school team, combined with a number of regulars missing action over the past few weeks, meant the reigning league champs were in many regards just waiting for the playoffs to start.
Now that time is here, and Post 605 looks ready.
After avenging a regular-season loss to New Oxford with a triumph in the first round of the double-elimination league tournament Wednesday, Dallastown had another shot to avenge its only other loss this season vs. Pleasureville Thursday.
For a second night in a row, Dallastown did just that.
Jake Gates limited Pleasureville to just one hit over six scoreless innings to lead Post 605 to a 6-0 "road" victory at Shryock Field. The contest was played at Shryock because Pleasureville’s home field was unavailable.
Dallastown (7-2-1) will now host the winner of Friday’s contest between Hanover and Gettysburg in a winners' bracket contest Saturday. No. 1 seed Pleasureville (13-1-1) will host Red Lion, which defeated Northeastern 4-1 on Thursday, in a losers' bracket elimination contest, also on Saturday.
“Jake pitched a heck of a nice ballgame,” Dallastown coach Phil Jeanmenne said. “He was changing speeds all night long.”
Gates also threw in the regular-season clash between the two squads. Back then, he allowed five runs, four of which were unearned.
“We didn’t play real good defense that night,” Jeanmenne said.
The Dallastown right-hander didn’t alter his approach the second time around against Pleasureville. He didn’t feel like he needed to, which was pretty clear from the results Thursday.
“I just used the same process the first time I faced them again this time,” Gates said. “Just worked down in the zone. Try to mix it up and get some ground balls and pop flies. That team (Pleasureville) is too good to kind of go out and expect to strike everybody out.”
Gates, who needed just 74 pitches to get through six innings, walked one and struck out five before giving way to Darren Sciortino in the seventh.
While Gates was terrific, Pleasureville’s normally outstanding pitching this season hit a road bump. The "hosts" allowed 10 walks, which allowed Dallastown to build a comfortable lead despite managing just five hits.
“We didn’t get many hits, but we got some key hits when we needed them,” Jeanmenne said.
Joe Munoz drove in two runs with a double in the sixth, while Joe Capobianco drove in another with a double in the fourth.
Mike Reisinger was the only Pleasureville hitter to get a hit off Gates when he singled to center in the sixth inning. Mike Nizinski collected his team’s only other hit off Sciortino in the seventh.
Correction: Nizinski's name was spelled incorrectly in a story in Thursday's Dispatch.
Red Lion 4, Northeastern 1: At Manchester, Red Lion staved off elimination, at least for one more day, taking down Northeastern in a losers' bracket contest. The loss for Northeastern ended its season. Red Lion did most of its damage in the top of the fourth, scoring three times to build a 3-0 cushion. Northeastern’s only offense came in the bottom half of that frame. Connor Dewees, Evan Paules and Sean Glatfelter each had an RBI for Red Lion, while Cole Daugherty spun a complete game, allowing one earned run on five hits, six walks and five strikeouts. Ryan Shindler drove in Northeastern’s only run. Red Lion will now face Pleasureville on Saturday in a losers' bracket game.
York Township 2, Windsor 1: At York Township, the home team broke a 1-1 tie when it plated the game-winning run in walk-off fashion to capture the victory. Micah Striebig led the offense for the home team by going 2 for 3. Also for Township, Derek Pitzer doubled with one run scored, while James Striebig threw a complete game on the mound, striking out five, walking seven and allowing no earned runs. For Windsor, Shawn Wilson started the game on the mound and threw six innings, striking out five and walking three to receive a no-decision.
Felton 4, Conrads 3: At Conrads, the Ducks held a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and hung on for the road victory. Kody Allen led the Ducks by going 2 for 3, including a double, with two RBIs. Also for Felton, Erik Paules went 2 for 4 with one run scored, Patrick Daugherty went 1 for 2 with one run scored and two walks and Jordan Rhodes started the game on the mound, throwing 5 2/3 innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing no earned runs to get the win. For Conrads, Nick Root went 3 for 4, including a double, Travis Hake doubled and Joe Yourgal collected two RBIs.
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