After getting thumped in Game 1 of their best-of-three Central League first-round baseball playoff series against Pleasureville on Saturday, the Glen Rock players were understandably on edge.
After completing a fine regular season (19-11-1) that saw "The Rock" finish comfortably in second place in the standings behind regular-season champion Stoverstown, the Glen Rock players suddenly found themselves just one loss away from seeing their season come to an abrupt and surprising end.
Fortunately, Saturday’s 14-2 loss was only one game.
"The Rock" rebounded to earn a 7-3 triumph Sunday, making Tuesday’s rubber game of the series a winner-take-all affair.
Hosting the Hawks, the Glen Rock club didn’t wait around to take charge. Behind a big night from Justin Anderson, "The Rock" scored four times in the first inning before adding four more in the second.
That was plenty of support for Jeff Noss and Luke Knott. Noss limited the Hawks to a run over four innings before Knott completed a 9-2 victory with three innings of one-run ball.
The series-clinching victory not only relieved some anxious nerves, but it also moved "The Rock" into the best-of-three league semifinals. Glen Rock will play host to Jefferson at 5:45 p.m. Thursday for Game 1.
“We knew that we were going to have to come out and play against these guys (Pleasureville) pretty well,” said Anderson, who was 4 for 4, including a double, with three RBIs and two runs scored. “We’ve had some tough games with them.”
Trevor Walzl (three hits, two RBIs, two runs), Dan Rogers (two hits, double, three RBIs) and Scott Merkel (two hits, two runs) also excelled for Glen Rock.
That was more than enough for Noss and Knott, who combined to allow four hits (two apiece) in the triumph.
Pleasureville starter Andrew Parks struggled, allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Devin Dellinger had two RBIs for Pleasureville.
The other Central League semifinal series starting Thursday will pit Mount Wolf at Stoverstown.
East Prospect 7, Stewartstown 2: At East Prospect, the Pistons won the opening game of the best-of-three semifinal series.
Tyler Tubbs got the complete-game win for the regular-season champions, pitching a seven-hitter, while striking out six and walking three.
East Prospect, fresh off winning the York County title over Stoverstown on Sunday, was led offensively by Hunter McClintock (two hits, two runs, RBI), Dalton Renn (two runs) and Anthony Torreullas (two RBIs).
Justin Sommer had two hits and run scored for Stewatstown.
Game 2 in the series in 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Stewartstown.
York Township 4, Hallam 3 (eight innings): At York Township, an eighth-inning error helped Township plate the winner in the opening game of the best-of-three semifinal series.
Tyler Page pitched 7 2/3 innings for Township, allowing three runs, but got a no-decision. Tyler Butcher pitched a third of an inning to get the win.
Township's offense was led by Roberto Barranca (two hits, RBI, run) and Matt Attig (two hits, double).
Angel Matias and Giorgio Butts each had two hits for Hallam, while Matt Ruth doubled with an RBI. Butts scored run.
Game 2 in the series is 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Hallam.
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