This weekend could have been a lot more stressful for Pleasureville Post 799 coach Elliot Ness.
After falling to Dallastown in the second round of the double-elimination York-Adams American Legion tournament Thursday, Ness and his team knew it would have to gut it out if it wanted to capture the playoff crown as well.
Even after a couple of hiccups, Post 799 remains on course. After eliminating Red Lion and New Oxford on Saturday, Pleasureville advanced to the championship round after taking out Gettysburg, 10-0, in a contest called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule Sunday afternoon.
Ness and his team will take on undefeated Dallastown for the playoff crown Monday at 5:45 p.m. at Shyrock Field. It is anticipated that Monday’s contest will become a winner-take-all format as both Pleasureville and Dallastown have officially secured entries into the Region IV tournament next weekend.
“We made it hard on ourselves,” Ness said in reference to Thursday’s loss. “But, today we finally hit the ball well. We had 10 hits and I think some of that is because we played two games (Saturday). So we’ve seen a lot of pitches these two days and sometimes when you see a lot of pitches the bats start to come alive.”
While the Pleasureville lineup appeared to be in fine shape Sunday, Ness has been scrambling around for pitching as of late. He got a big assist in Saturday morning’s 4-0 victory over Red Lion after getting a complete-game shutout by his son, Landon.
Ness, however, had to maneuver around an arm issue with southpaw Mike Nizinski after the first inning against New Oxford. Having the luxury of already earning a berth into next weekend’s tournament in Fredericksburg, however, soothed over a potential rough spot. Ness got some effective innings from a pair of inexperienced pitchers in Cannon Maye and Connor Richoeson against New Oxford in 7-2 victory.
“Had to go with a couple of young guys,” Ness said. “A couple of freshman who will next year be sophomores and they both did a heck of a job.”
The same could be said of Sunday’s starter Colin Parks. Normally the team’s primary catcher, Parks has pitched in a handful of games when needed throughout the season. Against Gettysburg, Ness once again gave the ball to Parks and he didn’t disappoint. Parks allowed just three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings while fanning five to earn the win.
“Great game by C.P.,” Ness said. “Colin’s been a real good pitcher for us all year. With Landon yesterday and Collin today, we should now be able to come back (Monday) with some guys that are rested.”
Mike Reisinger, Landon Ness and Beau Burris each collected two hits each to pace the Post 799 offense, which scored six runs in the second, three more in the third and one last one in the fifth with one out. Reisinger drove in three runs with a pair of singles while Ness drove in two more with a double and a single.
OTHER LOCAL RESULTS
Felton 5, Red Lion 4: At Red Lion, the Ducks earned just their fourth win of the season by knocking off Red Lion on the road in Susquehanna League action. Felton got RBIs from five different players and two doubles from Logan Whitman and one from Luke Howard. Mike Godfrey drove in all of Red Lion's runs, going 1 for 1 with a double and two sacrifice flies.
Stoverstown 8, Dillsburg 2: At Dillsburg, Stoverstown pulled away over the final six innings by outscoring Dillsburg 5-0 to win the Central League contest. Austin Rickrode drove in three runs for Stoverstown, while Steven Lehman spun a complete game, allowing just two runs on nine hits and striking out nine. Dillsburg's only offense came in the first inning when it responded to Stoverstown's three-run top of the first with two runs in the bottom half.
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