BASEBALL: Northeastern, Dallastown to meet for crown
- Northeastern rolled to a 10-0 mercy-rule win over York Catholic in its semifinal.
- Riley Hamberger pitched a one-hitter for Dallastown in its semifinal win vs. Eastern York.
- The Bobcats and Wildcats will meet for the league title at 5 p.m. Tuesday at New Oxford.
SPRING GROVE — Kody Reeser and Devin Blymire.
Classmates and battery mates for what seems like, to them, forever.
"Devin and I go way back," Reeser said after his dominant pitching performance in the York-Adams League Baseball Tournament semifinals on Monday afternoon. "We go back to 10-12 ball, and I'm 18 now, so that's a long time. Every pitch I've thrown in my career has basically been to him. If I would happen to shake him off, he would know what pitch to go to next."
The Northeastern senior required just 61 pitches in his latest outing when the Bobcats shut out York Catholic, 10-0. The umpires halted the game after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Bobcats (15-4) will now face Dallastown at 5 p.m. Tuesday at New Oxford for the York-Adams title. Dallastown downed Eastern York in the other semifinal, 5-1.
Reeser checked the Fighting Irish on two hits, a single and a double, both by York Catholic leadoff hitter Dillon Hippensteel. The right-hander, who has committed to NCAA Division I Towson University, struck out five and walked two.
"I didn't throw many curve balls at all," Reeser said. "I went right at them (with the fastball)."
Reeser received plenty of support from his teammates, who bashed 13 hits and played errorless ball behind him.
Blymire led the way offensively by collecting three hits (a double and two singles) in four at bats and driving in four runs.
"We were really confident at the plate, and we were patient," said Blymire, who delivered a two-run double into the left-center field gap during a four-run fourth inning. "We've been working on being picky at the plate, and hitting our pitch."
In addition to the four-run fourth, Northeastern also put together a four-run third inning. The Bobcats completed their scoring in the top of the fifth inning with two runs.
Reeser walked the first York Catholic hitter in the bottom of the fifth, but he retired the next three, the final two on strikeouts, to end the game.
"Kody did a really good job today of hitting his spots," Blymire said . "Kody and I played in York Haven Rec together, and now we're playing high school ball. It's been a journey."
Reeser aided his cause with two hits, and Brady Dolan also added two hits for the winners.
The victory was the 12th in the last 13 games for the Bobcats, who were just 3-3 following the first half-dozen games this season.
"We started off a little haywire this season," Northeastern head coach Andy Srebroski said. "But, we were playing some good teams, too. We started to focus a little bit more, we started trusting each other, and we began making plays."
Northeastern's only setback during its run was a 9-1 loss to Dallastown, which is even hotter than Northeastern, having won 11 in a row.
Two teams playing their best ball of the season will clash for the championship.
York Catholic (11-8), meanwhile, which won York-Adams Division IV this season (Northeastern finished first in Division II), will begin preparing for the District 3-AA playoffs.
"We have a really young team, two seniors," Fighting Irish head coach Joe Gurreri said. "Playing a team of Northeastern's caliber, this will help our guys heading into districts."
Hamberger shines: Riley Hamberger was dominant in Dallastown's triumph over Eastern York.
Hamberger pitched a complete-game one-hitter for the Wildcats, striking out nine and walking four.
Brandon White had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run for Dallastown. Mitchel Winter's double was Eastern's only hit.
Brandon Knarr pitched a complete game for Eastern, allowing four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. He was hurt by three Eastern errors committed behind him.
The Wildcats plated two runs in the first and two in the third to take control early, adding the final run in the sixth. Eastern scored its run in the third.
Division I champion Dallastown improved to 15-3 overall. Division III champion Eastern fell to 13-7.
Christian School of York 5, Conestoga Christian 4: CSY earned an eight-inning victory. Ben Bills got the game-winning hit with bases loaded. The Crusaders advanced to the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference championship on Thursday vs. Lancaster County Christian, last year's PIAA Class A state champion. CSY (now 11-2) beat LCC on the field earlier this year, 5-0, but later had to forfeit the game for using an ineligible pitcher.
Spring Grove 3, New Oxford 2: In a regular-season contest at New Oxford, Matt Brooks struck out 12 in a complete-game effort for the Rockets, allowing four hits. Jon Sager and Brandyn Schuchart doubled for the winners.
Susquehannock 8, Littlestown 0: At Littlestown, three Susquehannock pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout in a regular-season contest. Conor Miller pitched five innings for the Warriors, while Logan Mahar and Josh Bobbitt each pitched an inning of relief. Susquehannock pounded out eight hits and took advantage of three Littlestown errors.
Daniel Boone 8, West York 1: At Daniel Boone, the Bulldogs dropped the non-league contest. Robbie Bertucio tripled for West York, which fell to 9-8.
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