SPRY – After throwing 10 innings and 132 pitches on Thursday evening, Aug. 3, in a contest that ended in a 1-1 tie, it seemed unlikely that James Striebig would see the mound again for York Township in its best-of-three Susquehanna League quarterfinal playoff series with Stewartstown.
Surprisingly, however, there was Striebig on the mound for the home team to start the fourth inning Sunday, Aug. 6, with the series tied at one game apiece.
Just like he did Thursday, Striebig again dominated.
Unlike Thursday, however, Township made sure it wouldn’t let its pitcher's outstanding performance go without a victory.
Aided by a big two-run double by Austin Martinez, the home team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Striebig did the rest, limiting the Vets to just one hit over four scoreless innings to help Township claim the series, 2-1, after a 3-2 triumph at McWilliams Field.
Township moves on to the league semifinals where it will take on Jacobus. The Jackals also won their best-of-three series, 2-1, after downing Red Lion, 1-0, Sunday. That series will begin Tuesday Aug. 8, in Jacobus, with first-pitch expected around 5:45 p.m.
“James came up to me after the first inning and said that his arm felt pretty good,” Township manager Robin Striebig said. “So I said ‘OK.’”
James Striebig’s line against Stewartstown for the series was one for the record books. The Dallastown High School graduate threw a combined 14 innings and 187 pitches while allowing three hits, one walk and one run (unearned).
“I wasn’t too sure this morning if I could throw or not,” James Striebig said. “But my arm felt good. So I told coach that he could throw me if he needed me and it happened.”
The right-hander came on to relieve Township starter Jay Dimler, who threw the first three innings. Dimler, who is just five victories away from Ed Workinger (153) on the Susquehanna League all-time regular season wins list, gave up an unearned run in the second inning on a passed ball and another in the third on an error.
That would be the extent of Stewartstown’s offense. A single by Adam Allshouse and a walk to Jere Preston were the only batters to reach base once Striebig took the mound.
“I was surprised by the velocity on his fastball,” Robin Striebig said of James, who is also his son. “But after he threw his first one, I thought to myself ‘we’re good to go.’”
Township was able to rally against Vets ace Blake Kendrick with two outs in the fourth. A single by Micah Striebig — a cousin of the other two Striebigs — started the rally. After Striebig stole second, he scored on a single by Matt Attig. Catcher Max Nail followed with another single that moved Attig to third.
That set the stage for Martinez, who was just 1 for 11 in the series up to that point. The Township first baseman smoked a double to left that scored both runners and gave the home team the lead for good.
“That was a huge hit,” Robin Striebig said. “Austin’s been scuffling a little bit this whole series, but he’s been pretty clutch all year with guys one base. He got a pitch to drive and he drove it.”
Township’s victory and Striebig’s heroics over-shadowed a similarly impressive performance in the series by Kendrick. Both Kendrick and Striebig threw 10 innings Thursday, but Kendrick threw all six innings Sunday. For the series, the Vets right-hander pitched 16 innings while allowing 13 hits and four runs (three earned). Kendrick threw 130 pitches on Thursday and came back with 76 pitches Sunday.
“Stewartstown is a good team,” Robin Striebig said. “They’re well-coached and they have a bunch of good ballplayers. You have to congratulate them on a playing a great series.”
Jacobus (23-12) won three of the four regular-season meetings against Township (21-14).
Stewartstown’s season came to end with the loss. The Vets finished 18-17.
Conrads 7, Hallam 4: At Hallam, Conrads rallied from a 4-2 hole with four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh. Conrads won the best-of-three Susquehanna League quarterfinal series, 2-1. Joe Yourgal (three hits, two RBIs, run), Glenn Dietrich (two hits, double, two runs), Travis Hake (two hits, RBI, run) paced the winners. Yourgal also got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and allowing one earned run, with five strikeouts and three walks. Matt Ruth (three RBIs) and Angel Matias (two hits, double, RBI) led Hallam. Conrads will face regular-season champion East Prospect in a best-of-three league semifinal series. Game 1 is set for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Jacobus 1, Red Lion 0: At Jacobus, Kerry Clark pitched a four-hit shutout, leading Jacobus to the win in Game 3 of the best-of-three Susquehanna League quarterfinal series. Clark struck out seven and walked two. Eric Hamberger's third-inning solo homer provided the game's only scoring. Kent Walker pitched a complete-game three-hitter to take the tough-luck loss. He fanned two and walked three.
Pleasureville 7, Mount Wolf 5: At Mount Wolf, Pleasureville rode a six-run fourth inning to the win. Beau Burris (homer, two RBIs, run), Tyler Wagner (two hits, run), Matt Meyer (two hits, run) and Ben Reed (two hits, RBI, run) led the Hawks. Les Castro pitched six innings and allowed four earned runs to get the win. Tyler Page (three hits, double, two runs), Grant Hoover (two hits, double, RBI, run) and Teed Wertz (two hits, double, RBI, run) led the Wolves.
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