York Revolution, Long Island Ducks split doubleheader after long layoff

  • York and Long Island split Thursday's doubleheader, with Long Island winning the first game, 5-1, while York won the second game, 4-3.
  • The Revs remain a half-game up on Lancaster for first place in the Freedom Division.
  • Jared Mitchell drove in three runs between the two games, with a two-run single in the second game.

Finally, baseball was played at PeoplesBank Park on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Jared Mitchell gets a little love from the fans after scoring for the York Revolution during a recent game. Mitchell had a solo home run in York's win over Somerset on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Mitchell drove in three runs for York during the doubleheader split against Long Island on Thursday, Sept. 7.

After seeing the first two days of their three-game series get rained out, the York Revolution and Long Island Ducks played two on Thursday. The two sides split the doubleheader, with Long Island capturing the first game, 5-1, while York answered with a 4-3 win in the second game.

The games for the two teams were the first since Sunday, after having an off day on Monday, Sept. 4, and then having the games on Tuesday and Wednesday rained out.

Game 2: It didn't take the Revs (33-27) long to get off to a strong start in the second game. 

After both sides were held off the board in the first inning, York broke out for three runs in the bottom of the second to build a 3-0 lead. Chase Simpson got things started with an RBI single to make it 1-0 and then, with two outs, Jared Mitchell plated two more with a two-run single.

Michael Burgess then provided what would be the winning run of the game in the bottom of the third, belting a solo home run to make it 4-0 Revs.

After that, York just had to hold on. The Ducks (35-25) would score once in the fourth and twice in the fifth to get to within a run. But, Joe Van Meter and Chase Huchingson each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to nail down the Revs' win.

Game 1: In the opening game of the day, Long Island didn't take long to jump all over York starter Victor Mateo to build a big lead. After scoring once in the opening inning, the Ducks struck for three more runs in the top of the second to build a 4-0 cushion through two innings.

The Revs' only bit of offense came in the bottom of the third, when Travis Witherspoon scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitchell to pull York to within 4-1. But, that was all the Revs could muster and Long Island capped things with its fifth and final run in the top of the seventh.

York only managed four hits in the loss, while the Ducks pounded out nine in the seven-inning contest. Mateo lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts. 

By splitting the doubleheader, the Revs remained a half-game up in the Atlantic League Freedom Division over the Lancaster Barnstormers and three-games clear of the Sugar Land Skeeters.

While only two of the three games were played this week, the final game of the series will be played on Monday, Sept. 11, at PeoplesBank Park.

York will now hit the road to start a series against the Somerset Patriots, starting Friday night. First pitch for that game is slated for 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.