It was quite a season for the Pleasureville Post 799 American Legion baseball team
The York County outfit claimed 21 wins to go along with both the York-Adams American Legion regular-season and playoff titles.
Post 799 seemed destined to represent the local league at this week's Pennsylvania American Legion Tournament in Ephrata after winning its first three games at the Region 4 Tournament in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County.
Unlike most double-elimination tournaments, the Region 4 bracket does not afford the team in the winners' bracket a day off. Instead, they have what is commonly referred to as a "throw-away game" — a contest in which the last remaining unbeaten team faces one of the three once-beaten clubs.
That game was anything but a "throw-away" contest for Post 799. Wednesday evening Pleasureville dropped that game 9-2 against Linglestown, which set up a winner-take-all final the next evening. Wednesday’s loss seemed to sap the momentum from Pleasureville heading into Thursday’s final against Fredericksburg, which claimed the title with a 10-4 victory over Post 799.
Had the bracket conformed to most normal eight-team, double-elimination draws, Post 799 would have had Wednesday off to rest. In that scenario one team would have had to win two games Wednesday in order to have the chance to beat Pleasureville twice on Thursday to take the title.
Despite the disappointing outcome, Post 799’s season will still go down as one of the most successful in York-Adams history. Pleasureville’s pitching staff surrendered just 28 runs over 20 games heading into the Region 4 playoffs, which computes to a 1.4 average. Post 799 also rebounded after an early loss to Dallastown in the league playoffs to win five games in a row en route to the playoff crown.
East Prospect sitting pretty: Despite a few hiccups here and there, East Prospect (22-5) is a near lock to capture the Susquehanna League regular-season title.
The Pistons hold a 3½-game lead over second-place Jacobus (18-8) with five games to play. Hallam (18-10) is 4½ games back.
Like Pleasureville's Legion team, East Prospect is dominating the league behind a brilliant pitching staff that has allowed just 66 runs through the team’s first 27 games. That is a ridiculously-low 2.45 runs-per-game allowed average, which is 1.67 runs less per game than the Jackals, who are second in the league in that category at 4.12.
While the offense has scored 170 runs so far, in their five losses this season, the Pistons have managed just four runs combined. Much of that is the direct result of facing either top-shelf pitching or wily veterans on those nights. Hallam’s Alex Tucci and Jacobus’ Casey Markey fit the former bill, while York Township’s Jay Dimler and Hallam’s Brian Crumbling fit the latter.
Lack of scoring in big games could be something of concern in August when the team will likely see more of those types of pitchers in the playoffs.
On Sunday, East Prospect was struggling, trailing York Township 6-2 in a game that was stopped by rain in the fourth inning. That game will be rescheduled for a later date and start fresh.
Nick Parker shines in Jacobus win: In the only local baseball game completed on Sunday, Nick Parker hurled Jacobus to a 2-1 win over visiting Felton.
Parker struck out 11, walked three and allowed three hits in a complete-game effort.
Todd Shaull pitched well in defeat, allowing four hits and zero earned runs over six innings, with no walks or strikeouts.
Brian Hudish had two hits and a run scored for Jacobus.
Stoverstown making push: With nine games left in the regular season, Stoverstown is making a push to capture the title.
The Tigers (19-7-0, 57 points) have reeled off seven wins a row to take an eight-point lead over defending champion Jefferson (16-9-1, 49 points) with nine games remaining.
Stoverstown’s hot streak has come as a result of — surprise, surprise — pitching. The Tigers lead the Central League, yielding just 3.5 runs per game.
With victories earning teams three points this year, the race is far from over. Stoverstown still has two contests remaining against the Titans and Vikings (13-12-1, 40 points), as well as one each against Manchester (15-10-1, 46 points) and Glen Rock (14-11-0, 42 points).
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.