SPRING GROVE — For every great run producer there's a table setter, and vice versa.
Without men on base, the run producer can’t drive anybody home. And without someone to drive him home, the table setter can’t score.
East Prospect’s Bren Taylor and Anthony Torreullas served in those roles Sunday afternoon. The two hitters accounted for seven of East Prospect’s nine runs to lead the Pistons to a doubleheader sweep of Stoverstown to claim their second straight York County Baseball Championship Series title. The Pistons also defeated the Tigers in the series last year.
“I know my team, and they fight,” said EP manager Mark Toomey. “You never want to go into a three-game series down one, especially when you’re going to the away field. It’s a must-win situation, and we did that.”
Taylor and Torreullas combined to go 11 for 15 with five runs scored, six RBIs and three doubles as the Pistons defeated the Tigers 4-3 in Game 2 and 5-4 in Game 3.
After going 0 for 4 in Game 1 of the series Saturday, Taylor started off Game 2 at Memorial Field in similar fashion, flying out and striking out in his first two at-bats. The second baseman, however, ended the day by smacking hits in each of his next six at-bats. He scored four of East Prospect’s five runs in Game 2.
“I cleared my mind after my first couple of at-bats,” Taylor said. “I just wanted to get on base to find a way to get Ryky (Smith) or (Torreullas) up.”
It was Torreullas who had the RBI hits for all but one time that Taylor came around to score on the day. After scorching a momentum-shifting, two-run double in the third inning of the first game Sunday, the Pistons’ cleanup hitter drove home the game-deciding run in the fifth. In the series-deciding Game 3, Torreullas drove in a run in three of his four at-bats, including the game-winner as well.
“I’m just looking for something I can drive to come through for my team,” Torreullas said. “I have a lot of confidence at the plate, but when you have a coach and all your teammates believe in you, it’s easier.”
Game 2: After winning Game 1 6-2 Saturday, Stoverstown (27-6-1) had momentum heading into Sunday. That was felt in the first inning, when Zach Schuler led off the bottom of the first with a home run for the Tigers.
The early lead ended up being the only one the Tigers had all day. Torreullas’ double off Stoverstown starter Nate Harmon in the third gave the Pistons a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“I think part of it was overconfidence coming into the game,” Stoverstown manager Tim Thoman said. “Maybe some thinking that they were going to roll over, and they didn’t.”
After East Prospect (28-10) took a two-run lead in the fourth when Dalton Renn homered to right field, the Central League champions answered with a home run of its own — a two-run shot from former San Diego Padres minor leaguer Chris Mattison to tie the game.
Taylor and Torreullas answered back in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Torreullas hit a soft ground ball down the first-base line to score Taylor.
Both pitchers threw complete games, but EP southpaw Terry Godfrey outdueled Harmon. Godfrey gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) with three punch outs and zero walks.
The Tigers got the tying run on third base in the seventh inning, but Godfrey struck out Ryan Kehr to end the game.
Game 3: While it was Stoverstown taking an early lead in Game 2, it was the Susquehanna League champions riding the momentum in the first inning of series-deciding Game 3 when Torreullas singled home Taylor.
EP added two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Taylor scored on a throwing error and Smith scored on a single by DJ Ream.
Before the runs scored in the third, Torreullas smashed a lineout to Stoverstown pitcher Daryl Harang, a former York Revolution southpaw and brother of former MLB pitcher Aaron Harang, who then tossed an inaccurate throw to second base, failing to complete the double play.
“That was a big game change,” Thoman said. “That could have turned the whole ballgame around.”
After each team scored a run in the fourth inning, Stoverstown got back into the game with a two-run home run by Nick Spangler in the fifth to reduce the Tigers’ deficit to one run.
Just like in Game 2, however, Torreullas drove in the game-deciding run to score Taylor, who reached base on a double.
Despite allowing a run in the seventh, EP starter Sam Deardorff closed the door with a strikeout for the complete game. He allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out 11.
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