East Prospect, Hallam to face off for Susquehanna League baseball playoff crown

STEVE HEISER
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  • East Prospect and Hallam will meet in the Susquehanna League baseball playoff title series.
  • Game 1 in the best-of-five series is 5:45 p.m. Thursday at East Prospect.
  • East Prospect and Hallam each clinched their semifinal series with wins on Tuesday.
York Township's Andy Freeburger looses the ball as East Prospect's Devin Strickler steals second in Game 3 of the best-of-three Susquehanna League semifinal series at East Prospect Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. East Prospect took the series with a 4-0 win. Bill Kalina photo

East Prosect and Hallam will face off for the Susquehanna League baseball playoff championship.

The two teams each earned victories on Tuesday evening to punch their tickets to the finals.

Regular-season champion East Prospect captured a 4-0 victory over visiting York Township to win the best-of-three semifinals series, 2-1.

Hallam, meanwhile, won at Windsor, 5-1. The Express also won its best-of-three semifinal series, 2-1.

Game 1 of the best-of-five title series will start at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at EP. Game 2 will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at EP, followed by Game 3 at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Shryock Field. Game 4, if needed, will immediately follow Game 3 at Shryock. Game 5, if needed, will be 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at EP.

In EP’s win on Tuesday, Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish pitched a three-hit shutout to get the win, striking out 10 and walking five in a 104-pitch effort.

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East Prospect's Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish pitched a complete-game shutout against York Township in Game 3 of the best-of-three Susquehanna League semifinal series at East Prospect Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. East Prospect took the series with the 4-0 win. Bill Kalina photo

The Pistons’ attack was paced by Ryky Smith, who collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored a run, and Austin Denlinger, who also had two hits, while scoring two runs and driving in a run. Dalton Renn added a double and an RBI for the Pistons.

Brady Lefever had two of Township’s three hits.

EP improved to 26-10, while Township finished at 15-22.

At Windsor, Alex Tucci and Matt Ruth combined for 11 strikeouts to help the Express (22-14) to the win. They allowed two walks and six hits. Tucci went four innings and allowed one run to get the win, while Ruth pitched three shutout innings of relief to get the save.

Ruth also went 2 for 2 at the plate, including a double, with three runs scored and two walks. Tucci went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Hallam’s Zach Zambito went 1 for 2 with one RBI and one run scored.

For the Cardinals (25-11), Tyler Stabley went 2 for 4, while Brandon White doubled with one run scored.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.