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The York Revolution baseball team is working hard to get back into the Atlantic League Freedom Division first-half race.

Just a week ago, the Revs found themselves seven games behind their rivals from across the Susquehanna River, the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers.

Now, after winnning five out of six, including a 7-5 triumph over Southern Maryland on Wednesday afternoon, York (15-12) has inched back within four games of Lancaster, which is 19-8 going into its game Wednesday night vs. Somerset.

Infielder Alexi Casilla has been a big part of York's recent surge.

Wednesday vs. the Crabs, Casilla banged out four hits, including a homer and a double, while driving in four runs and scoring another. For the season, Casilla is hitting a team-best .345.

Jose Cuevas added three hits, including a double, with two runs scored for the Revs, who banged out 12 hits in front of a crowd of 5,891 fans on Baseball in Education Day at PeoplesBank Park. York's Tyler Clark chipped in two hits (including a double) with two RBIs and two runs scored from his No. 9 spot.

Zac Grotz (2-0) started and picked up the win for York, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs. Grotz now has an ERA of 1.35. Junior Rincon pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting both of his outs by strikeout, to get his fifth save.

York plays host to Southern Maryland at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before embarking on a six-game road trip that begins in Sugar Land, Texas, on Friday evening.

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