The York Revolution wasted little time doing its part in trying to clinch an Atlantic League playoff berth on Thursday night, Sept. 14.
It just didn't get the rest of the help needed from its rival.
York scored all nine of its runs in the first two frames and coasted the rest of the way to a 9-2 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at PeoplesBank Park. Celebrating a postseason berth was put on hold, however, as the second-place Lancaster Barnstormers rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat the Long Island Ducks, 4-3, on a walk-off single in the ninth to keep the Revs' magic number at one.
York enters its final regular-season series of the season — a three-game set with Lancaster at PeoplesBank Park — with a three-game lead over the Barnstormers in the second-half Freedom Division standings. If York wins any of those three games, it will claim the second-half title and an Atlantic League playoff berth.
After allowing an early run in the top of the first inning, York (39-28) wasted little time getting it back and then some in the bottom half of the frame. The Revs batted around in the inning, tagging Southern Maryland starter Eric Fornataro for six runs in the frame.
York scored three times before an out was even recorded and then continued to pour it on after that. Three more runs would come across in the frame for the Revs, building a 6-1 lead by the end of the frame. Michael Burgess drove in two of the runs, while Rubi Silva, Telvin Nash, Ryan Dent and Chase Simpson also each brought home men.
York's offensive onslaught continued into the second inning, when it plated three more runs to build a 9-1 cushion. Luis Cruz, Travis Witherspoon and Dent each did the honors, with all three runs being ruled unearned.
The Revs wouldn't score the rest of the night and the only other offense came from the Blue Crabs (28-39) in the top of the fifth to make it 9-2.
Five different York players had multi-hit games, while, as a team, it out-hit Southern Maryland, 14-6.
Revs starter Logan Williamson pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and struck out five. Michael Click, Joe Van Meter and Grant Sides each pitched scoreless frames in relief.
Friday night's game vs. Lancaster starts at 6:30 p.m.