JACOBUS — There's a well-known ballad in baseball called "Casey at the Bat."
Thursday evening in Jacobus, the story was a little different. It was more aptly called "Casey on the Mound."
Casey Markey, a veteran of the Susquehanna League circuit for more than a decade, has been one of the league’s top pitchers during his career. Against league-leading East Prospect, Markey proved his mettle again.
The right-hander limited the Pistons to three hits — all doubles — over seven innings. An RBI single by Drew Kelley and a two-run homer off the bat of Nick Parker proved to be more than enough for the Jackals, who rolled to a 3-1 victory.
Jacobus inched closer to East Prospect in the league standings. The Jackals improved to 18-6, while the Pistons dropped to 21-4.
“It was all the defense,” said Markey, who fanned four. “I guess I just mixed up some speeds and got a couple of them out on their front foot. They had a couple good swings and ripped balls, but they just happened to be right at us. Sometimes it’s just your night.”
Usually it's Jacobus’ night whenever Markey is on the mound. After playing for York Township for many years, Markey is in his second season with the Jackals.
Both sides seem to like the fit. Markey graduated from Dallastown, as did many of his peers. While some of them still play for Township, many of the Township players are a bit younger. So the chance to compete alongside players in his age range (32 years old) is a blessing for Markey.
“I like it here,” Markey said. “I loved playing for Township. I still have a place in my heart for them, but I wanted to come down here and play for them. To play with Drew (Kelley) and Jed (Larkin) and pretty much everybody. When I turn around it’s basically my high school defense. And that’s awesome because not many guys are able to do that.”
The Jackals got on the board early against East Prospect starter Terry Godfrey. Two singles were followed up by a run-scoring single off the bat of Kelley to put the home team ahead.
A few innings later, in the fourth, Parker smoked a blast over the wall in left to put the Jackals ahead 3-0.
Parker, who starred during Dallastown’s run to the PIAA Class 6-A state title game last month, is part of a group of younger guys that keeps things fresh at Jacobus. Bringing a winning pedigree with them doesn’t hurt either.
“Yeah, we have Parker, the Carrs (Michael and Tracy), and a couple other guys that are still at Dallastown or just graduated,” Markey said. “They’ve all played a role and it’s fun to have them.”
The season so far has been pretty fun for the Pistons, who still hold a 2½-game lead over the Jackals. It probably would have been better heading into Saturday’s all-star game with another victory in tow. But, as manager Mark Toomey pointed out, the result had more to do with location than anything else.
“Our guys just hit the ball right at someone all night long,” Toomey said. “And Casey’s a good pitcher. He’s proven that he can win and you can’t get over that.”
Riley Hamberger led the Jackals with three hits, while Parker collected a pair (double, home run) in the triumph.
Godfrey allowed nine hits over six innings for East Prospect, who scored its lone run in the fifth inning off a double by Mark Schauren.
Windsor 5, Hallam 4: At Hallam, Windsor plated four runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 4-1 Hallam lead. Zach Harrison (three hits, two RBIs, run), Connor Dewees (two hits, two RBIs), Chris Liggett (two hits, two runs) and Tyler Myers (two hits, double) paced Windsor. Dewees' two-run single gave Windsor the seventh-inning lead. Shawn Wilson went the distance to get the win, striking out five and walking two. Colby Shimmel pitched six innings and struck out 10, while allowing three earned run, but took the loss. Dan Wecker (two hits), Zach Zambito (two hits) and Ryan Day (two RBIs) led Hallam.
Red Lion 12, Felton 2 (6 innings): At Felton, Mike Melhorn pitched a complete-game four-hitter, allowing zero earned runs, while striking out nine and walking three. Red Lion's top hitters were Mike Godfrey (three hits, two RBIs, run), Justin Kilpatrick (two hits, two RBIs, two runs), Daulton Martin (triple, two RBIs, two runs), Cody Somerville (two hits), Tyler Taylor (two hits, two runs, RBI) and Bren Taylor (two hits, double, two RBIs, run).
York Township 10, Stewartstown 0: At York Township, James Striebig pitched a five-hit shutout to get the win, striking out five and walking two. Matt Attig (three hits, RBI, run), Andy Freeburger (two hits, RBI, run), D.J. Reed (two hits, run), Derek Pitzer (two hits, double, RBI, run), Micah Striebig (hit, two RBIs, run) and Jake Reichard (two hits, RBI, run) paced the Township offense.
Mount Wolf 9, Dillsburg 0: At Mount Wolf, Derek Slagle pitched a five-hit shutout, striking out three and walking one. Ryan Wentzel had two hits, including a grand slam, to go with four RBIs and two runs scored for the Wolves. Grant Myers (two hits, RBI, run) and Mark Burnside (two RBIs) also excelled for Mount Wolf. Brandon Smith had two hits for Dillsburg.
Jefferson 5, Pleasureville 2: At Pleasureville, the first-place Titans improved to 16-6-1 behind Jordan Watkins, who pitched a complete game while allowing one earned run and seven hits. He struck out five and walked one. Scott Trail (three hits, three runs, RBI) and Ross Drawbaugh (three hits, two RBIs) paced Jefferson's offense.
Stoverstown 6, Manchester 0: At Manchester, Daryl Harang pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out 12 without a walk. Levi Krause (two hits, two RBIs) and Zach Schuler (two hits, double, RBI) paced the Tigers' attack.
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