LOCAL BASEBALL: Becker hurls shutout to lead first-place Jefferson over Mount Wolf
- Jefferson rolled to a 10-0 Central League triumph over Mount Wolf on Wednesday.
- Aaron Becker pitched a five-hit shutout for Jefferson.
- First-place Jefferson improved to 15-6-1 on the season.
MOUNT WOLF — Of all the things that can best describe the Jefferson baseball club, perhaps the best adjective would be loose.
Even in some of the more stressful times during the Central League season, the Titans always keep things light.
An example of that are their playful jabs at one of their teammates, Aaron Becker, who was dazzling on the mound on Wednesday evening in a 10-0 win over rival Mount Wolf.
Becker, a former standout at Spring Grove High School, is also the son of Sam Becker, who coached him for a few years with the Spring Grove American Legion squad.
Both Beckers signed contracts to play for Jefferson this year, and on a few occasions, both have had their names listed in the starting lineup at the same time. The first time it happened this season, the lineup didn’t list Aaron and Sam. Instead, lightheartedly, it showed Good and Bad — good for Sam and bad for Aaron.
Strong effort vs. Wolves: Wednesday, when Aaron took the mound for the Titans against the Wolves, he was anything but bad. The right-hander worked quickly and efficiently against the Wolves, limiting the home team to just five hits over seven scoreless innings. The visitors took care of the rest as they pounded out 11 hits while scoring 10 runs in the 10-0 triumph.
Defending Central League champion Jefferson improved its league-best record to 15-6-1, while Mount Wolf dropped to 11-11.
“Aaron’s been a stud,” Jefferson manager Pat Schultz said. “With him, I just give him a call a few hours before the game to let him know he’s starting. I don’t want to give him too much time to dwell on it.”
You can count Becker as a fan of the job that Schultz does in managing him.
“I like short notices,” Becker said with a laugh.
So, too, is his dad, who has had to fill in on short notice a few times this year. While the two Beckers have played together on a Sunday rec team the past few years, getting a chance to play with his dad in a more competitive environment such as the Central League is a thrill.
Still, Aaron couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke fun at his dad a little bit.
“It’s fun,” Aaron said. “He’s not in his prime anymore, but it’s nice to be able to have him on the team.”
No wasted time: The younger Becker seems like a perfect fit for the Titans. Once he gets the ball on the mound he wastes little time to get ready for the next pitch. That’s a trait that Schultz raved about after seeing the right-hander pitch a gem on Wednesday.
“I like the way he works,” Schultz said. “He works quick and that keeps our guys in it. When we’re out there just standing around the guys aren’t in it and we don’t hit well. Aaron keeps the pace going and he throws strikes.”
The final score isn’t fully reflective of the way the contest unfolded. The Titans held a 4-0 lead after five innings before tacking on six insurance runs — including five in the seventh — over the final two frames.
Ross Drawbaugh, Jordan Watkins and Derek Sheckard each collected two hits to lead the Titans. Tyler Page collected two hits for the Wolves.
Notes: Schultz revealed most of the Central League position-player roster for this Saturday’s all-star game at Mount Wolf against the Susquehanna League.
The team will include the following: Ryan Wentzler (Mount Wolf, catcher), Tyler Wagner (Pleasureville, first base), Justin Anderson (Glen Rock, first base), Matt Jordan (Manchester, second base), Scott Ream (Pleasureville, second base), Dan Dierdorff (Mount Wolf, shortstop), Justin Tate (Dillsburg, shortstop), Tyler Troxel (Jefferson, third base), Steve Pokopec (Mount Wolf third base), Austin Allison (Manchester, outfield), Ross Drawbaugh (Jefferson, outfield), Austin Rickrode (Stoverstown, outfield), Cody Santiago (Vikings, outfield), Tyler Page (Mount Wolf, outfield), Trey McWilliams (Manchester, outfield), Scott Trail (Jefferson, designated hitter) and J.W. Besore (Stoverstown, designated hitter).
Windsor 13, York Township 5 (6 innings): At Windsor, Matt Robinson had three hits, including a double, to go with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Cardinals. Connor Dewees (three RBIs), Shawn Wilson (two RBIs, run) and Luke Greisler (two RBIs) also excelled for Windsor, which had just six hits, but benefited from 12 walks allowed by Township pitchers. Tyler Myers allowed two earned runs over 4 2/3 innings to get the win. Matt Attig (homer, double, two runs, RBI), Jon Snyder (two hits, RBI, run) and Maxwell Nail (two hits, double, run) led Township.
Conrads 4, Stewartstown 1: At Conrads, Jake Herr pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out nine without a walk to get the win. Conrads scored its runs on four hits.
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