EAST PROSPECT — Ties are really not supposed to be a thing in baseball, but York Township is getting a knack for finding ways to play to draws.
It was only two weeks ago when Township and Stewartstown played to a 1-1 deadlock after 10 innings.
On Thursday, Aug. 17, Township found itself in another one when it visited East Prospect in Game 3 of the Susquehanna League Championship Series.
The visitors rallied back from a seven-run deficit after two innings to even the contest in the fifth inning. Township added two more runs after that, only to see East Prospect’s Ryky Smith drill a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. After the final out of the frame was recorded, the contest was called because of darkness with a 9-9 score.
According to league bylaws, the two teams will have to re-play Game 3 in its entirety Friday, Aug. 18, back at East Prospect at 5:45 p.m., weather-permitting.
“That didn’t help us,” East Prospect manager Mark Toomey said of his team blowing a 7-0 lead. “Usually with Mike Androconis out there on the hill, it’s over.”
Township, which has struggled throughout the playoffs to score runs, broke through with one run in the third and four more in the fourth before scoring three in the fifth and one in the sixth. YT pieced together 11 hits off of Androconis and reliever Hunter McVey.
The extra offense, however, went to waste when Smith drilled his two-run home run off of Township reliever Micah Striebig. Moments later the two teams were deflated to find out that they will need to play the game over again.
For Township, it was a case of déjà vu — and it’s something that Township manager Robin Striebig thinks the league needs to re-evaluate after the season.
“Probably,” he said about the possibility of changing the rule so suspended games could be picked up where they left off, rather than being completely replayed. “We do it because that’s the rule and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it now. That’s just the way it is.”
Lost in the shuffle was a nice rebound from YT starter James Guiseppe. After giving up seven runs over the first two innings, Guiseppe found his grove. He shut down the Pistons over the next three innings before giving way to Micah Striebig.
“He’s a battler,” Robin Striebig said of Guiseppe. “He had been patiently waiting his turn to pitch so he might have been a little rusty there in the beginning. But then he found it.”
Andy Freeburger led Township with three hits and three RBIs, while Dalton Renn, Jeremey Mohr and Anthony Torreullas each finished with two hits for East Prospect.
Stoverstown 10, Glen Rock 1 (6 innings): At Stoverstown, the Central League regular-season champions rolled in Game 1 of a best-of-three semifinal playoff series.
The game was called after six innings because of darkness.
Daryl Harang pitched a complete game to get the win, striking out eight and walking three.
Zach Schuler (3 for 4, one RBI, two runs, double) and Nick Spangler (3 for 3, one RBI, three runs, double) paced the Tigers' attack. Ryan Kehr tripled for the winners, while Nick Todero doubled.
Scott Merkel was 3 for 4 for Glen Rock, with his team's only RBI.
The score was tied 1-1 after 2 1/2 innings, before Stoverstown erupted for four runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to break it open.
The Tigers were helped by four Glen Rock errors.
Game 2 is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Glen Rock.
Jefferson 7, Manchester 1: At Manchester, Sam Crater led the Titans by throwing a complete game, striking out 10, walking one and allowing four singles.
Crater also helped himself at the plate by connecting for a double.
Also for Jefferson, Ross Drawbaugh went 3 for 4, Jordan Higgins went 2 for 4 and Scott Trail and Jordan Witmer each doubled.
For Manchester, Trey McWilliams went 2 for 2.
Jefferson now leads the best-of-three semifinal playoff series, 1-0. Game 2 is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Manchester.
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