RED LION — It's no secret that the inclement weather this spring has been a pain for York-Adams League baseball squads.
With numerous games being postponed because of rain, snow or both, teams are being forced to play three, four or even five games in a week.
For pro teams, that may not be too much trouble, but for high school programs, it's asking a lot.
“Nobody ordered the weather that we got,” Red Lion coach Kevin Lawrence joked after his team dropped its second game in a row, 3-2, to visiting Gettysburg Wednesday afternoon.
While many teams may suffer more than others, Lawrence is blessed to have some decent pitching depth. Tyler Burchett, a Kentucky recruit and a potential major league draftee this summer, leads a staff that features several high-caliber pitchers.
That staff garners much of the credit from Lawrence for the team’s 5-0 start to the season. Despite getting no-hit by South Western last week, the Lions were able to prevail because of outstanding pitching from Sean Glatfelter. Fellow pitchers C.J. Czerwinski and Nate Hodgkinson have also thrown well so far this season for Lawrence’s club.
The wear of playing two or three games in a row on consecutive nights is a dilemma that not even Lawrence is comfortable in dealing with.
“The thing that kind of kills us, pitching-wise, is the back-to-back-to-back games,” said Lawrence, whose team (5-2 overall, 5-1 York-Adams Division I) will play Suburban Thursday and Dover Friday. “If a guy goes over 25 (pitches) then you can’t bring him back the next day.”
Glatfelter had another standout performance against the Warriors Wednesday. The right-hander held the visitors to just one hit over four innings while fanning seven.
The news, however, wasn’t all good for the junior. He walked five batters, three of which came around to eventually score despite the Warriors (5-3, 3-3) collecting just that one hit by Zach Ketterman.
Those three runs proved to be enough for the Warriors, with pitchers Marshall Mott and Josh Topper limiting the Lions to five hits.
“It wasn’t as if we didn’t have opportunities,” Lawrence said. “Tonight we just weren’t able to cash them in.”
Missed opportunities: The biggest and perhaps best of those chances came in the sixth, when Czerwinski led off the frame with a triple to right-center. But a ground out to third, a strikeout and then another ground out left the junior, who collected two hits, stranded at third.
An inning earlier, the Lions left the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. With two outs, Topper was summoned to try to get out Burchett, who played first. The Gettysburg right-hander did just that by fanning Burchett to hold the lead for his squad.
“We hit the ball and got guys into scoring position, but weren’t able to get them across the plate,” Lawrence said. “And, unfortunately for us tonight, the number of hits (five) you get is irrelevant when compared against the number of runs.”
Cole Gipe tied Czerwinski with two hits for the Lions, while Channing Bratton finished with a single and RBI for Red Lion.
Dallastown 5, Northeastern 0: At Dallastown, Morgan Smith and Ben Writer combined on a two-hit shutout. Smith pitched six innings, striking out seven. Writer fanned two in a hitless seventh. Four errors cost Northeastern three unearned runs. Chris Moyer pitched five innings for the Bobcats, allowing one earned run, striking out six. Peter Capobianco doubled with two RBIs for the Wildcats. Nick Parker also doubled. Dallastown improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division I.
York Catholic 8, Littlestown 4: At York, Joe Stich pitched six innings of three-run ball to get the win. Bryan Bullen closed it out in the seventh and added two RBIs and a run scored at the plate. Luke Cordaz (two hits) and Chance Petteys (double, two RBIs) were the other hitting leaders for the Irish, who improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in York-Adams Division IV. It was Littlestown's first loss. The Thunderbolts are 5-1 overall and 4-1 in D-III.
York Tech 6, Eastern York 3: At Spry, Tech used four pitchers in a combined seven-hitter, allowing just one earned run. Kaden Rogers pitched three innings without allowing an earned run, while also driving in two runs. Gus Giacopelli (three hits, double, two RBIs), Juan Lopez (two hits, two RBIs, run), Luke Greisler (two hits, triple, run) and Nathan Chronister (two hits, run) also excelled for Tech. Jacob Bardo had two hits for Eastern, while Tyler Morgan doubled.
Dover 10, South Western 7: At Hanover, Zack Copp pitched four innings of relief without allowing an earned run to get the win. Luke Corbin (homer, double, four RBIs, run), Nic Morrett (two hits, double, two RBIs, two runs) and Alan Hansel (two doubles, four runs, RBI) paced Dover's attack. Dover improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in York-Adams Division II.
Kennard-Dale 8, Biglerville 7 (8 innings): At Biglerville, Garrett Lowe's sacrifice fly in the eighth was the difference. Lowe, who also doubled, got the win with two innings of shutout relief, striking out three. K-D's other hitting leaders were Adam Freese (three hits, homer, double, four RBIs, two runs scored), Garrett Meckley (three hits, two RBIs) and Joey Thomas (two hits, RBI, run).
West York 8, New Oxford 2: At New Oxford, West York's Robbie Bertucio excelled at the plate (two hits, four RBIs) and on the mound (complete-game five-hitter, four strikeouts).
York Suburban 9, Spring Grove 6: At Spring Grove, the Trojans led 4-3 entering the top of the fifth, and plated five runs to take command. Tracy Carr led the Trojans by going 3 for 4, including two runs scored. Also for Suburban, Max Reinecker went 2 for 4, including a double, with one run and one RBI, while Lucas Richardson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. For the Rockets, Connor Reed had two doubles, one run scored and one RBI; Pat Anderson went 2 for 4 with two runs scored; Kevin Cruz went 2 for 4 with two RBIs; and Dylan Shaffer doubled with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Fairfield 4, Susquehannock 2: At Fairfield, the Green Knights scored three runs in the sixth to erase a 2-1 Warriors lead. Susquehannock had just two hits. Hunter Sentz, Sam Gardner and Austin Ruth comebined on a five-hitter for Susquehannock.
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