The first-place Stoverstown Tigers earned a 7-1 victory over Jefferson on Sunday in Central League baseball action. STAFF REPORT, York Dispatch
A local midsummer tradition will not be held this year.
The York County All-Star Baseball Game, which normally pits the best players of the Central League against the best players of the Susquehanna League, has been canceled for 2018 because of a miscommunication between league officials.
Many players typically look forward to the all-star game and the opportunity to play vs. their rivals in an exhibition contest that is generally played on the third Saturday in July.
Those good times, however, will not take place this July.
The Susquehanna League had the event pegged for this past Saturday, July 14, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of York Township’s entry into the league.
The Central League, however, had the midsummer sandlot event scheduled for next Saturday, July 21, which is the third Saturday in July.
The two leagues could not resolve the scheduling conflict.
Neither league, however, seems too upset about the predicament.
“We’re cool with it,” Central League president Mark Skehan said. “It’s like I told (Susquehanna League president) Jeff (Barkdoll) ‘let’s just communicate better in the future.’ There’s no blame on our part.”
Barkdoll, who took over as the leader of the Susquehanna League earlier this year, echoed Skehan’s comments.
“It’s unfortunate, but I think it was just a miscommunication,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any animosity at all from our side as far as I’m concerned.”
The snafu came to light a few weeks ago when Central League officials held a meeting to vote for their all-star roster. It was discovered then that the two leagues were not on the same page on the date of the contest.
There was a discussion between the leagues to see if they could still find a way to play the contest next weekend, but the schedules didn’t line up.
“It’s unfortunate,” Skehan said. “But we move on and we’ll look forward to playing the game next year.”
Playoff races at a glance: After beginning the year on a nine-game winning streak, defending Central League regular-season champ Stoverstown has shown no signs of letting up.
The Tigers are comfortably atop the standings at 21-2-1, which is good for 64 points.
Glen Rock has jumped over a crowded pack to snag second place in the standings. "The Rock" is now 14-6-1 for 43 points.
Jefferson is in sixth place with an 8-9-1 mark (25 points), but the defending playoff tournament champion Titans have played the fewest games (18) of any team in the circuit. So the Titans will have the opportunity to make up some ground.
East Prospect, which won the Susquehanna League regular-season and playoff crowns last season, are again atop the standings this year. The Pistons are 23-5, which is good enough for a 4½-game lead over second-place York Township (18-9) and Hallam (19-10). Conrads is seven games off the pace at 16-12, while Stewartstown is nine back at 13-13.
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