YORK-ADAMS BASEBALL: Red Lion rallies for 5-4 triumph over Northeastern
MANCHESTER — Red Lion's Wyatt Tyson inherited a jam in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against Northeastern.
The Lions' junior moved from shortstop to pitcher with runners on first base and third base with one out and his team clinging to a one-run lead.
Tyson ran the count full on the first hitter he faced before getting him to pop out to shortstop. The right-hander then got the next hitter to ground out to the first baseman for the third out.
The Lions escaped the sixth inning unscathed, but the drama didn't end there.
Northeastern put the tying run on third base with two outs in the seventh inning, but Tyson retired the Bobcats' hitter on a groundout to shortstop, ending the game.
Red Lion 5, Northeastern 4.
Briar Lauer allowed just two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to gain the victory, and Tyson delivered the save.
"It was kind of tough situation (taking over on the mound with runners on base), but I had to get the job done for the team," Tyson said. "I was just thinking 'throw strikes and let the defense work for me.'"
The Lions' defense was shaky at times (six errors), but Red Lion, which was playing just its second game of the season, made enough plays to come out on top in the matchup of York-Adams Division I and Division II teams.
"We're a turf club, and it's tough here because you get the in-between hops," Red Lion head coach Darren Hake said. "On turf (Red Lion plays its home games on turf at Horn Field), you get really nice bounces. To come away with a win today means a lot. They (the Bobcats) are going to be one of the top teams in Division II, if not the whole area."
The Bobcats jumped on top with two runs in the bottom of the first. Devin Blymire drove in one run with a single and the other run scored on an error.
Red Lion, meanwhile, went down one-two-three in the first three innings before erupting for four runs in the fourth. The Lions combined singles by Patrick Daugherty, Alex Zelger and Roger Shultz with two errors to score their runs. Shultz drove in two runs with a single down the left-field line.
After Northeastern tied the game in the last of the fifth, Red Lion put up what proved to be the winning run in the sixth. Shultz worked a leadoff walk, took second on Erik Paules' sacrifice bunt, moved to third on Jonathon Smith's single to left and raced home on Stone Hill's infield chopper, which rolled just 10 feet up the third-base line.
"You can't defend that (swinging bunt)," Northeastern head coach Andy Srebroski said. "Red Lion's a good ballclub. Both teams played fairly well, although we had some hiccups."
Zelger collected two hits for Red Lion, and Jonah Latshaw finished with two hits for Northeastern. Latshaw's perfectly-placed bunt between home plate and third base was the Bobcats' only hit of their two-run fifth.
Northeastern is now 2-1 in league play and 2-3 overall, with two of the losses being one-run defeats.
"I told the guys, last I checked the season is 20 games long, not five," Srebroski said.
Red Lion is 2-0, with both victories counting in the league standings.
"This is a very big deal (winning Wednesday's game)," Tyson said. "We knew they were going to be a tough team, and we gave a lot of credit to them. We actually didn't play our best, but there's always room for work."
York Catholic 13, Delone Catholic 5: At York Catholic, the Irish broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fifth when they plated seven runs. C.J. Burnside went 3-for-5, including a triple, with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Irish. Brady Wilking went 2-for-2 with two runs for the Irish, while Will Catterall went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Dillon Hippensteel went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs and Jake Krevetski tripled with two runs scored. Krevetski also picked up the win on the mound, allowing three hits in five innings.
Waynesboro 6, Central York 2: At Waynesboro, the Panthers led 2-1 after 5 1/2 innings, but Waynesboro erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the non-league victory. Ben Reed had two hits and two RBIs for the Panthers.
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