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Mechanicsburg outlasts Jefferson to advance to Central League playoff title series

STEVE HEISER
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In its first year in the Central League, Mechancisburg is headed to the playoff title series.

The Cardinals punched their ticket to the finals with a 4-3 eight-inning triumph at Jefferson.

That allowed Mechanicsburg to win the best-of-three semifinal series, 2-1. Jefferson won the series opener, 4-2, before Mechanicsburg rallied with 3-1 and 4-3 victories.

Thursday's game ended in dramatic fashion, when Jefferson had a runner thrown out at the plate for the final out of the game.

The No. 3 seed Cardinals (17-10) will now face No. 2 seed Glen Rock (19-7) in the best-of-five championship series. Game 1 is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Glen Rock.

Regular-season champion Jefferson dropped to 18-8-1. 

More complete game details were not yet available.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.