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LOCAL BASEBALL: Windsor storms back with two-out magic in seventh for 10th straight win

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Brandon White, seen here in a file photo, belted a solo homer to start a four-run seventh-inning rally for Windsor on Thursday night.
  • Windsor rallied for a 4-2 Susquehanna League victory at Stewartstown on Thursday.
  • Windsor scored all four runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit.
  • Windsor has now beaten Stewartstown twice in three days to improve to 14-3. Windsor is 10-4.

STEWARTSTOWN – Yogi Berra once said "it ain’t over 'til it’s over."

Thursday evening at Stewartstown, Berra’s classic saying proved prophetic again, thanks to the Windsor Cardinals.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, the visiting Cardinals were one out away from being shut out by Stewartstown starter Jordan Rhodes.

Counting out Windsor too early has been a problem for Cardinals foes a handful of times already this season. Nate Neff’s club has used late-inning rallies to pull off several comeback victories this season.

Thursday’s rally, however, will be hard to match.

A solo home run off the bat of Brandon White broke up the shutout and drew the Cards within a run. After a walk, Connor Dewees belted a game-tying double to right to even the score. Following another walk, Julian Bailey ripped a two-run triple to right-center to complete the two-out magic.

Reliever Sean Glatfelter got the final three outs on grounders to short to end it and Windsor extended its winning-streak to 10 after a 4-2 Susquehanna League  triumph.

“We’ve done that a handful of times already,” Cardinals veteran Ross Murog said. “So it’s not the first time this season.”

The victory improved Windsor’s record to a league-leading 14-3, while the Vets fell to 10-4.

Surprise success: To say that the Cardinals' success this season is a surprise is an understatement. After a 17-19 campaign last year, Neff’s club has turned things around without any type of drastic roster overhaul.

Instead, Neff points to player availability as the biggest factor in his team’s ascent up the standings.

“This is the same group we had last year,” said Neff, who is closing in on Brad Chambers' all-time league managerial wins record of 392. “The teams that we had on Saturdays last year were just awful. We might only get nine or 10 guys, but this year guys are showing up a lot more. And that’s something that we stressed more — show up more.”

While the ongoing issues with COVID-19 have been a problem that Neff and many others can’t wait to be rid of, the fact that the Susquehanna League is playing games this summer while other leagues are not, has been a drawing point.

“We, as the Susquehanna League, are giving all these college guys a chance to play this summer,” Neff said. “And we’re really going out on a limb here to play this summer to play 24 baseball games. Colleges and high schools had their seasons canceled, so we just said ‘you ought to appreciate this.’”

Closing in on record: While the players no doubt appreciate the chance to compete in meaningful games, to a man, all of the Windsor players are playing for their skipper as well. Thursday’s victory marked regular-season win No. 381 for Neff, which is 11 shy of Chambers.

“Being here to play for him … there’s nothing like it,” said Murog, who is in his fourth season with Windsor. “He’s been around Windsor his whole life. He started as a player around age 15 all the way up to however old he is now. It’s something special.”

Just being able to manage the Windsor organization is satisfaction enough for Neff, who hasn’t paid much mind to any personal milestones.

“I have no idea,” Neff said when asked how many wins he’s at after Thursday’s triumph. “All I know is a couple of years ago I passed Clint Workinger and Chad Kennell called me up and told me. And I was just like, ‘all right.’”

It didn’t take Neff long to shift the focus back to his club.

“But this one tonight was really good,” he said. “We’re never out of it. We’ve been real good and had a lot of tight games and we’ve prevailed in most of them.”

Notes: Rhodes dominated Windsor’s lineup through the first 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander fanned 13 batters while allowing one hit over his first six frames.

Windsor starter Hunter Sentz was similarly effective. Sentz allowed two hits, but four errors helped the Vets score a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.

OTHER SUSQUEHANNA LEAGUE GAMES

York Township 4, East Prospect 2: At Township, the home team trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth when its plated three unanswered runs to take the lead for good.

Tyler Page led the home team by starting on the mound and throwing six innings, striking out three, walking two and allowing one earned run to pick up the win.

Also for Township (8-5), Micah Striebig went 3 for 3 with one RBI, while Roberto Barranca went 2 for 3 with one RBI.

For the Pistons (10-3), Jordan Higgins went 2 for 2, including a double, with one run scored and one walk, while Drake Renn went 2 for 3 with one RBI and Jeremy Sabathne threw a complete game, striking out five, walking one and allowing three earned runs.

Hallam 11, Jacobus 6 (6 innings): At Jacobus, Colby Shimmel led the Express by going 3 for 4, including two doubles, with three RBIs.

Also for Hallam (7-7), Alex Tucci went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI; Nathan Chronister went 2 for 4, including a triple, with two RBIs; Owen Shimmel went 2 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI; Evan Rischell tripled and doubled with two runs scored; and relief pitcher Matt Carta threw the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking none while allowing three hits and no runs to pick up the win.

For the Jackals (1-8), Justin Kilpatrick went 2 for 3, including a double, with one RBI and one run scored; Nate Cox went 2 for 3 with a double; Jakie Barlow went 2 for 3 with one run scored; and Bailey Doan went 2 for 4, including a double, with three RBIs and one run scored.

CENTRAL LEAGUE GAMES

Jefferson 11, Dillsburg 7 (5 innings): At Jefferson, the Titans trailed 7-4 going into the bottom of the fourth, when they plated six runs to take the lead for good.

Brodey Neveker led the Titans (13-3-1) by going 2 for 3, including a three-run homer, finishing with four RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Jefferson, Sam Crater went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs; Aaron Becker went 2 for 3 with one run scored; Joe Jasinski went 2 for 4, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored; and relief pitcher Zach Reed threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and no runs to pick up the win.

For the Sox (4-12), Dan Leithoff went 2 for 3, including two RBIs and one run scored.

Manchester 14, Stoverstown 2 (5 innings): At Manchester, Cole Houser led the Indians by going 3 for 4, including  a double, with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Also for Manchester, Logan Allison went 2 for 3, including a double, with four RBIs and two runs scored; Jonah Latshaw went 2 for 3, with three runs scored and one RBI; Matt Jordan went 2 for 3 with two runs scored; and Mike Baker threw all five innings, striking out one, walking three and allowing no earned runs and one hit.

Mount Wolf 12, Pleasureville 3 (5 innings): At Pleasureville, Dan Westfall led the Wolves by going 2 for 3 with two RBIs, one run scored and one walk.

Also for the Wolves (5-11-2), Andrew Srebroski III went 2 for 3, including a double, with two runs scored and one RBI; Brian Jakubek doubled with two runs scored and two walks; Luke Turner doubled with four RBIs and one run scored; and Mark Burnside threw all five innings, striking out nine, walking two and allowing seven hits to pick up the win.

For the Hawks (6-10), Tyler Wagner went 3 for 3, while Spencer Butz and Landon Ness each doubled.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.