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Ninth-inning, walk-off rally lifts first-place York Revolution to four-game sweep

  • Chase Simpson gave York a walk-off victory with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Somerset, 5-4.
  • The win for the Revs earned them a four-game series sweep of the Patriots.
  • York now leads the Freedom Division by two games over Lancaster, who the Revs play this weekend.

Heading into Thursday night, Aug. 24, the York Revolution only had two walk-off victories all season.

Revolution third baseman Chase Simpson makes a diving attempt at a hard hit Somerset grounder, Thursday, August 24, 2017. Simpson hit a three-run home run in Game 2 of the Freedom Division Championship Series on Thursday, Sept. 21, to help York to a 7-2 win over Southern Maryland. John A. Pavoncello photo

Now, it has three.

Chase Simpson played the hero on this occasion, driving in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to complete a rally against the Somerset Patriots and give York a 5-4 win at PeoplesBank Park.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Revs (28-19) trailed Somerset (20-26) 4-3 after the Patriots pulled ahead in the top half of the inning. After the first two York hitters reached base to open the inning, the following two were retired. Dayron Varona kept the game alive with a game-tying single down the right-field line to make it 4-4. Then, after Ryan Dent worked a walk to load the bases, Simpson came up looking to play hero.

He delivered, roping a line drive just inside the right-field foul line, scoring Travis Witherspoon from third to send the team and fans into a frenzy and complete the four-game series sweep of the Patriots.

With the win and a Lancaster loss, the Revs now lead the Atlantic League Freedom Division by two games over the Barnstormers.

York opened the game's scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to build a 2-0 lead. Jared Mitchell and Isaias Tejeda did the honors with RBI singles.

However, the lead was short-lived. Somerset responded with three runs in the top of the fourth to pull ahead, 3-2. 

The game stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when the Revs tied the game at 3-3 with a Tejeda RBI double, setting the tone for the ninth-inning fireworks.

York finished the night with 12 hits, four of which came in the bottom of the ninth. Of those 12 hits, Tejeda had four, to go with two runs batted in.

The Revs will now begin a crucial three-game series against the Barnstormers over the weekend. First pitch for is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug 25, at PeoplesBank Park.