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York loses to Lancaster, drops season-long series

STAFF REPORT
  • York lost the PNC Bank War of the Roses Battle for the Community Cup season series to Lancaster.
  • Travis Witherspoon hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth.
  • James Simmons surrendered eight earned runs in six innings of work on 14 hits.

Very little has gone wrong for the York Revolution this season.

York's Travis Witherspoon scored a run and drove in the winning run on Wednesday night as the Revs edged Southern Maryland, 3-2.

With the playoffs looming for the team next week, that's been the main focus for York during much of the second half. But, on Tuesday, the team had other business to deal with, this time against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Knowing that they needed to win the final two games against their rival to regain the PNC Bank War of the Roses Community Cup, the Revs finally had something of importance go against them this year, losing to Lancaster, 8-6, on Tuesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium and officially losing the season-long series.

York (75-60 overall, 35-30 second half) spotted the Barnstormers (64-71, 29-36) a 6-0 lead through three innings, and then did its best to pull off one of its stunning comebacks, but ultimately came up short.

After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first and then four more in the third, the Revs finally got the bats going in the fourth inning. They scored three runs in the inning to cut the deficit to 6-3. Michael Rockett drove in a run on an RBI single and then Bryan Pounds brought home two more on a two-run double to make it 6-3 Lancaster.

However, the Barnstormers added two more runs of insurance in the bottom of the sixth, putting York in another significant hole. Jared Mitchell hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to make it 8-4 Lancaster. Then it looked like the Revs were going to perform some more ninth-inning magic when Travis Witherspoon added a two-run homer in the ninth to make it an 8-6 contest. A double by Mitchell followed, bringing the tying run to the plate for the Revs, but three straight outs ended the threat.

Simmons stuck it out to last six innings, allowing all eight runs, all earned, on 14 hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. Jose Arredondo and Scott Rice each pitched scoreless innings in relief of Simmons to finish out the game.

Offensively, Mitchell, Brandon Chaves and Andres Perez had two-hit games for York, while Pounds and Witherspoon led the team with two RBIs each.

The two rivals will meet for the final time in 2016 on Wednesday with first pitch set for 7 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium.