MANCHESTER — After five innings against rival Manchester, it looked like Stoverstown would have to wait at least another day to celebrate a Central League regular-season championship.
Trailing by a run in the top of the sixth inning on Tuesday, the Tigers stormed ahead thanks to Levi Krause.
The California University of Pennsylvania graduate laced a two-run single that put Stoverstown ahead for good in what was a thrilling 5-2 triumph.
The victory clinched a second straight Central League regular-season title for the Tigers, who improved to 23-4-1 (70 points).
“Our bottom of the lineup hasn’t been going great the past couple of games, but they stepped up (Tuesday),” Stoverstown manager Tim Thoman said.
The Tigers had their issues getting things going against Manchester starter Michael Houseal over the first five innings. Stoverstown plated just a single unearned run in the second inning while managing but three hits through the first five frames.
Things changed dramatically in the sixth.
Jake Hockensmith, who batted seventh in the lineup, smoked a leadoff double to get things started. After a sacrifice bunt moved Hockensmith to third, he scored one batter later after beating a throw to the plate on a Tye Golden grounder.
A bunt single by Brendan Warner and a walk to Nick Spangler loaded the bases for Krause, who ripped a single into left.
Austin Botts capped off the frame with a RBI single to put the visitors ahead by three runs.
Chris Mattison threw the final two innings to earn the save.
Stoverstown sewed up a berth in the York County Baseball Championship Series against Susquehanna League regular-season champion East Prospect.
The Tigers also assured themselves a berth in the Tom Kerrigan Memorial Tournament over Labor Day weekend.
Mount Wolf 9, Vikings 1: At Vikings on Tuesday, Mark Burnside pitched a seven-hit complete game, striking out six and walking one, to get the win.
Jesse Sargen (three hits, triple, two RBIs, run), Danny Dierdorff (three hits, two doubles, two runs), Grant Hoover (two hits, triple, two RBIs, run), John Mehring (two hits, homer, two runs, RBI) and Brant Myers (two RBIs, run) paced the Wolves' 12-hit attack.
Dillon Schwartzer and Tyler Seiffert each had two hits for Vikings. One of Schwartzer's hits was a double.
Jefferson 7, Glen Rock 2: At Jefferson on Tuesday, the home team plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding lead and go on to capture the victory.
Austin Dellinger went 3 for 4 with three runs scored to lead the offense for the home team. Also for Jefferson, Derek Sheckard went 2 for 4, Aaron Becker went 2 for 3 and Colin Porter threw a complete game on the mound, striking out five and walking three.
For Glen Rock, Dan Rhodes went 2 for 3, Justin Anderson went 2 for 2 and Dan Rogers and Hunter Sentz each doubled. Jefferson improved to 10-12-1 with 31 points, while Glen Rock fell to 18-9-1 with 55 points.
Dover 8, Pleasureville 1: On Tuesday, the Shimmels combined on a five-hitter for Dover.
Colby Shimmel went 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven, to get the win. Mark Shimmel got the final out.
Dover had just five hits, but was helped by seven Pleasureville walks.
Austin Rickrode had two RBIs for the winners, while Brad Smith and Brad Slagle each scored two runs.
Clinton Bohn scored Pleasureville's only run.
Glen Rock 16, Dover 4: At Glen Rock on Monday, Hunter Sentz drove in four runs to power the winners, who put the game away early with a 15-run second inning.
Sentz finished with two hits, including a double, and scored a run.
Glen Rock's other offensive leaders were Trevor Walzl (three RBIs, two runs), Scott Merkel (two hits, two runs), Andrew Rosenzweig (two hits, two runs, RBI), Jacob Snyder (two RBIs, two runs, three walks), Alexander Coombs (two hits, two runs, RBI) and Casey Hood (two hits, two RBIs, two runs).
Dover was led by Jeremy Bentzel (two hits, two RBIs), Colby Shimmel (two hits, two runs) and Brad Slagle (two hits).
Daniel Rogers pitched a complete game to get the win, allowing four earned runs. He struck out six and walked two.
Dover pitchers gave up 10 walks.
Jacobus 6, Stewartstown 4: At Jacobus on Tuesday, Riley Hamberger pitched a complete-game four-hitter to get the win, striking out five and walking four.
Cody Somerville (two hits, two runs), Brian Crimmel (two hits, double, RBI, run), Alex Zelger (two RBIs) and Kyle Saxman (double, two walks, RBI, two runs) led the Jacobus offense.
James Klingerman pitched a complete game for Stewartstown, allowing five earned runs. He struck out eight and walked three. Marcus Stevenson (two RBIs) and Evan Tanner (double, run) led the Vets' offense.
York Township 7, Windsor 1: At York Township on Tuesday, Avery Strayer pitched a five-hit complete game to get the win.
He struck out three, walked two and didn't allow an earned run.
Jay Dimler (two hits, RBI, run), Tyler Page (two doubles, RBI, run), Micah Striebig (two hits, run) and Max Naill (two hits) paced the Township attack. Township improved to 21-12.
Brandon White had two hits for Windsor.
Windsor 15, Felton 7: At Felton on Monday, Matt Robinson and Brandon White each drove in three runs in Windsor's win.
Robinson finished with three hits and three runs scored. Grant Swartz (two hits, two RBIs, run), Chris Liggett (two hits, two runs, RBI) and Tyler Stabley (double, two RBIs, run) also excelled for the Cardinals.
Cole Delp (homer, three RBIs, run), Kody Allen (two hits, two runs, RBI), Mike Godfrey (two hits), Dan Waldrup (two RBIs, run) and Ben Kitzmiller (double, run) led Felton.
Mark Shoff pitched a complete game to get the win, allowing four earned runs. He struck out five without a walk.
Felton led the game 7-3 before Windsor exploded for an 11-run fifth to take the lead for good. Felton pitchers gave up 12 walks.