Daniel Boone's 13-run ninth inning ends West York's baseball season
SHILOH — Down to its last out twice and pushed to the brink of elimination with just one strike left in its season, West York's baseball team did what it's done so many times over the past four years.
It refused to fold.
The Bulldogs received clutch RBI infield hits from Cash Gladfelter and Logan Stover in the bottom of the seventh inning to force the District 3-AAA game into extra innings.
The momentum seemed to be with West York, which so many times has found a way to win close games.
This time, the appearance was deceiving.
Daniel Boone made sure there was no miracle finish for the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
The Blazers buried the Bulldogs under an avalanche of 13 runs in the top of the ninth inning to end West York's season, 19-6.
Daniel Boone will move on to play Manheim Central in the quarterfinals. West York's season, meanwhile, ended in the first round of districts for the second straight year.
"Thirteen runs (in one at bat), I've never seen that before," Daniel Boone head coach Jason McCord said after his team sent 18 batters to the plate in the ninth. "Even though we scored 13, I still wasn't sure the game was over. We've been victims of some bad luck this season, but some good things happened for us today."
The Blazers collected nine of their 16 hits in their final at bat.
It was an ugly ending for West York, but one bad half-inning in no way disfigured the 2015 season, during which the Bulldogs won 16 games (16-5 overall) and captured their third York-Adams title in the past four years.
"What I told the kids is what I'll be left with, is the memory that we're down (two runs) and we didn't even hit the ball out of the infield, and we tied the score because we hustled and put the ball in play," Bulldogs' head coach Roger Czerwinski said. "It (the bottom of the seventh inning) felt like old times. It felt like 2012, 2013, a couple of weeks ago. Not knowing the word quit."
Czerwinski, as he always does, met with his players in the outfield following the game. Seven of the players will not be back next season.
"I thanked them (the seniors) for their commitment to the program," Czerwinski said. "We're talking about great young men who in four years went 78-21. They left a mark on my life."
Nick Traettino went 3-for-3 for the Bulldogs, and Sam Eyler, Logan Stover and Colton Kubicki collected two hits each.
Traettino, Eyler and Stover are seniors. Another senior, Brett Kinneman, who was 1 for 4, crushed a drive to deep center field in the seventh inning, but the ball was caught just short of the 385 mark on the fence.
Kinneman, a pitcher-outfielder for four varsity seasons, compiled a perfect 5-0 record on the mound (1.50 earned run average) in his final varsity season.
"It's definitely tough to swallow going out two years in a row in the first round of districts, but this is an awesome program," Kinneman said. "I'm grateful, and the other six seniors are grateful, to be part of something much bigger than us."
Bryce Stout had a huge day for Daniel Boone, ripping four hits in five at bats
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