BASEBALL: Christian School of York is 9-0 after key win

  • Christian School of York is outscoring its foes by nearly 10 runs per game.
  • The Crusaders are No. 1 in the latest District 3-A power ratings.
  • Ben Bills threw a four-hit shutout vs. LCC, striking out 10 without a walk.

The Christian School of York baseball team just keeps on rolling.


The Crusaders earned their biggest victory of the season on Wednesday with a 5-0 road triumph over Lancaster County Christian.

LCC is the defending PIAA Class A state champion.

The game was originally started on Tuesday, but was suspended in the top of the fifth because of rain with CSY holding a 3-0 lead. The Crusaders finished off the victory on Wednesday.

Both teams entered the contest unbeaten in Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference action. CSY is now 6-0 in CCAC play, while LCC fell to 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

CSY is No. 1 in the latest District 3-A power ratings.

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Ben Bills was dominant on the mound for the Crusaders, striking out 10 without a walk en route to a four-hit shutout. He also homered in the game.

Connor Miller added a two-run for the winners.

CSY has now won each of its nine games by at least five runs. They are outscoring the opposition by an average of 11.6-1.9 per game.

The Crusaders are at Carson Long on Thursday.


Eastern York 6, York Tech 5: At Wrightsville, trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Golden Knights began a comeback that saw them claim victory on a Brandon Knarr walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. Knarr was able to drive in Colby Shimmel, who had earlier driven home the tying run. Shimmel also took the mound in relief with one out in the top of the fifth. From there, he didn’t allow a hit, striking out eight and walking two to collect the victory. Eastern is 9-5 overall and 7-3 in York-Adams Division III.

York Suburban 3, Delone Catholic 2: At Suburban, the Trojans plated all three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead and held on for the victory. Thomas Merkle led the Trojans by going 3 for 4, including a double. Also for Suburban, Brad Smith went 2 for 4, including a double, while starting pitcher Collin Slenker threw five innings, striking out three, walking one, and allowing one hit to get the win. Suburban improved to 7-6 overall and 6-4 in York-Adams Division III.l

Dover 8, New Oxford 3: At Dover, the Eagles got a complete-game performance from Will Fetrow to knock off the Colonials. Dover’s offensive stars were Nic Morrett, who recorded a three-run double in the first inning and Trevor Staub, who had a two-run double in the third. For New Oxford, Corban Czap went 2 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored.

Spring Grove 6, Susquehannock 4: At Glen Rock, the Rockets broke the 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh. Spring Grove’s Logan Miller tossed a complete game, while catcher Derek Hoiles was the only player to record an extra-base hit in the contest with a double. Susquehannock’s Chase Summers went 2 for 3. Spring Grove moved to 7-7 overall and 7-3 in York-Adams Division I.

Northeastern 2, South Western 0: At Manchester, Kody Reeser hurled a two-hit shutout for Northeastern, striking out nine and walking five. Drew Wolfgang's two-run single in the sixth accounted for all of the scoring. Devin Blymire doubled for the winners. The Bobcats improved to 10-4 overall and 7-3 in York-Adams Division II.

Central York 8, West York 3 (9 innings): At West York, the Panthers erupted for five runs in the top of the ninth. Elzir Stroman and Joe Kroeger each had doubles for Central, while Beau Burris and Ben Ward had triples for the visitors. Kroeger finished with three hits, while Stroman and Burris each had two hits. Ben Ward had three RBIs. Colton Kubicki had three hits for West York. Mike Davis got the win with two scoreless innings in relief.

Red Lion 3, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, the Lions scored all three runs in the top of the fourth. Red Lion starter Zachari Townsend and reliever Briar Lauer combined to record nine strikeouts and hold K-D to four hits. The Rams got a double by Ben Lowe and a triple by starting pitcher Dustin Harden.

York Catholic 6, Bermudian Springs 2: At York Springs, Matt Knauer struck out five and walked only two in collecting the win. Dillon Hippensteel doubled for the Irish, who improved to 7-6 overall and 7-3 in York-Adams Division IV.