Winless Dover surprises unbeaten York Suburban in baseball
On paper, it looked like it should've been a cakewalk for the York Suburban baseball team on Wednesday afternoon.
The 4-0 Trojans were off to the program's best start since 2009 and their next opponent was a winless Dover squad. All Suburban had to do was get through the top of the seventh with its 10-9 lead still in tact and its undefeated season would continue.
The Eagles, however, had other ideas.
Dover strung together four straight, one-out singles, instantly turning its one-run deficit into a one-run advantage. It was a lead that would hold up and result in Dover's first win of the season, 11-10, and send the Trojans to their first loss of the year.
Nic Morrett drove in the game-tying run, scoring Trevor Staub. One batter later, Zach Brenneman's single brought home Tad Pequignot for the eventual game-winning run. Jaret Hilbert did the rest, nailing down the Eagles' first win of the year, pitching a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two Suburban batters.
Dover overcame a 6-1 deficit after three innings, giving up five runs in the third. But, a six-run inning in the top of the fifth pulled the Eagles in front, 9-6. The Trojans' three-run bottom of the sixth, however, put them back ahead heading into the final inning.
The two teams combined for 30 hits, including six extra-base hits.
Thomas Merkle had a big day for Suburban, going 2-for-4 with a walk and scoring all three times he got on base. In the Trojans's five-run third, Brad Smith delivered a three-run homer. That was part of his 2-for-4 day at the plate. He also scored twice.
Pequignot and Morrett contributed in a big way at the bottom of the order for Dover, both going 3-for-4. They were two of five Dover players to score at least two runs in the game.
Hilbert, who pitched the final two innings for the Eagles, recorded the win, giving up three runs on three hits, but striking out five.