SPRING GROVE — Dallastown managed to get in just two games so far in this weather-challenged high school baseball season.
Nick Parker has been on the mound for both games, and not surprisingly, the Wildcats have walked off the field as winners both times.
The senior right-hander, who will play NCAA Division I college baseball at Coastal Carolina, earned a 2-1 victory over Hempfield in the season opener on Thursday, March 29.
Parker returned to the hill Thursday, April 5, and shut down Spring Grove on just one hit (Ethan Zorbaugh's single) in four innings. Ben Writer pitched the fifth for the Wildcats, who opened their York-Adams Division I schedule with a 13-0 victory.
The umpires stopped the game after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Parker struck out five and didn't issue any walks. He did hit one batter while working in 42-degree weather, which also featured strong wind gusts.
"Early on (in the game), I thought the wind was a lot worse, but I was able to power through it and throw a lot of strikes," he said. "I think my fastball was good (mid to upper 80s). It (the fastball) had a lot of run to it."
Parker threw 49 pitches.
"I thought Nick was really good," Dallastown head coach Greg Kinneman said. "He had a little trouble early on finding the off-speed pitch, but that's a product of the wind and the cold. He had trouble feeling the baseball a little bit, but he maintained his focus and did a great job today."
The Wildcats provided Parker with plenty of offensive support, scoring in every at bat, including four-run bursts in the second and fifth innings.
Darren Sciortino and Parker each collected two hits.
"We have a lot of guys putting together scappy at bats," Parker said. "Peyton Fox, he's a bit of a no-name, but he's having a lot of good at bats."
Dallastown is scheduled to meet South Western on Friday to begin a grueling run of seven games in nine days, weather permitting..
"I've been doing this (coaching high school baseball) a long time, and, for high school baseball, that's probably unheard of," Kinneman said. "Of course, all of the teams, not just in our league, but in the whole region, have been affected by the weather. We going to need a lot of arms."
Parker and Alex Weakland will lead the rotation, and Kinneman feels he has other pitchers who are ready to make an impact on the varsity level.
"I really think we're we're going to pitch and defend really well this season," he said. "Cam Urey will play two of three games at shortstop, but he'll also play third. He's as good a defender that I've had since I've been at Dallastown."
The Wildcats lost 10 players to graduation from a team that captured the York-Adams and District 3 Class 6-A titles and finished second in the state, but they're not lowering the bar one bit when it comes to goal setting.
"Our No. 1 goal every year is to win the state 6-A title," Kinneman said. "That's not going to change."
Dover 5, Susquehannock 2: At Dover, Luke Corbin’s 2-for-4 effort with four RBIs was key to the Eagles' victory. Shane Haffner tossed six innings of one-hit ball to collect the win on the mound. He struck out five and walked four. Hunter Sentz was 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Warriors.
Central York 16, Eastern York 4 (5 Innings): At Wrightsville, Michael Nizinski led the Panthers with a triple, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Central, Nick Myers went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored; Colin Young went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI; Jordan King went 2 for 3 with three runs scored; and Cannon Maye went 2 for 3 with one RBI. For the Golden Knights, Bren Taylor went 3 for 3 with two doubles, one run and one RBI.
Red Lion 8, Northeastern 2: At Manchester, the Lions posted five runs in the top of the third to create the separation. Leading the way for Red Lion was Channing Bratton, who went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Sean Glatfelter tossed 4 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, striking out three and walking two while earning the win. Robbie Clipp was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored for Northeastern.
York Tech 4, Delone Catholic 3: At McSherrystown, the Spartans were able to scratch out a run in the top of the seventh, breaking a 3-3 tie, before Juan Lopez closed the affair to collect the victory on the mound. Lopez was also the leader at the plate for Tech, collecting two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Phil Goyette was 3 for 4 with a run scored for the Squires.
York Suburban 5, Kennard-Dale 4: At Suburban, three runs in the bottom of the sixth staked Suburban’s Brendan Stump to enough of a lead to hang on for the victory. Stump struck out two and walked three while giving up two hits and a run during his 1 2/3 innings of relief. Leading at the dish for the Trojans was leadoff hitter Trey Pridgen, who had a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Garrett Lowe was 2 for 3 with a double, homer, two RBIs and a run scored for the Rams.
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