Tracy Carr wanted to "go out with a bang" when he stepped into the batter's box on Monday afternoon for the final time in his high school career.
The York Suburban outfielder made good on his goal with a memorable last at bat.
The right-handed hitting Carr lined a two-out single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to break up a no-hitter and drive in his team's only run.
The eighth-seeded Trojans bowed out of the District 3 Class 4-A playoffs with a 4-1 loss to visiting Boiling Springs.
"Their pitcher (Tayven Kelley) threw a great game," Carr said. "He had a really good slider. It (the ball) started in the middle of the plate and ended up in the left-hander's batter's box."
Kelley, a junior right-hander, mixed a fastball, curve ball and slider to record 11 strikeouts for ninth-seeded Boiling Springs. He gave up three walks.
"I tried not to think about it, but I knew I was throwing a no-hitter," Kelley said.
Kelley's battery-mate, Zach VonStein, provided the Bubblers' pitcher with all the runs he needed by crushing a three-run home run in the first inning. VonStein jumped on the first pitch and drove the ball over the left-field fence just to the right of the 312-foot sign.
"Coming off giving up a double, I think he (Suburban pitcher Trey Pridgen) was rattled a little bit," VonStein said.
Pridgen pitched brilliantly after the first inning, allowing just one run.
"There were two good pitchers out there today," Suburban head coach Casey Markey said. "Their pitcher had the overhand curve and slider, and he kept us off balance by throwing the off-speed pitch in any count."
Turnaround season: Despite the loss, the Trojans will be able to look back fondly on their turnaround year that concluded with a 10-11 overall record.
"Going from one win the year before to (10 this year), that was great," Carr said. "I hope they (next year's returning players) can feed off it."
Markey said he saw his team come together over the last half of the year.
"There was a lot more energy in the dugout and much more positivity. The arrow is now pointing up. We got a taste of districts. Now we want a lot more."
Boiling Springs improved to 10-6.
Kennard-Dale 5, Hamburg 3: At Fawn Grove, Ethan Phillips pitched six innings of four-hit ball, allowing just a single earned run, to pick up the win for K-D in a District 3 Class 4-A first-round contest. The Rams managed just three hits, but took advantage of 10 walks allowed by Hamburg pitchers, including three to leadoff hitter Joey Thomas. Wyatt McCleary and Mike Lizzi each had two RBIs for the winners. The seventh-seeded Rams improved to 14-6, while 10th-seeded Hamburg finished at 12-9. K-D advances to a quarterfinal contest at second-seeded East Pennsboro at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. East Pennsboro (15-4) had a first-round bye.
Newport 7, York Catholic 3: At Fredericksburg in Lebanon County, the top-seeded Fighting Irish fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and could never recover in a District 3 Class 2-A semifinal to fourth-seeded Newport. Nick DeMarco had two hits, including a double, with a run scored to lead the Irish offense. Evan Tanner also doubled and scored a run. YC was hurt by three errors that led to three unearned runs. Bryan Bullen went 6 1/3 innings for YC, and allowed two earned runs, striking out five. The Irish finished the season at 10-7. Newport improved to 15-6.
Biglerville 5, Annville-Cleona 1: At Biglerville, the third-seeded Canners moved into the District 3 Class 3-A semifinals with a win over sixth-seeded Annville-Cleona. Biglerville (16-5) will now face second-seeded Lancaster Catholic (14-4) on Thursday. Ben Bretzman pitched a complete-game one-hitter for Biglerville, striking out six, to get the win. Brock Chronister (three hits, double, two runs), Paul Asper (two hits, double, four RBIs) and Nicholas Wright (two hits, RBI) paced Biglerville's offense. AC finished 12-8.
Cedar Cliff 4, New Oxford 3: At Cedar Cliff, the ninth-seeded Colonials' season ended with a District 3 Class 5-A first-round loss to eighth-seeded Cedar Cliff. Each team had just three hits. Josh Rickrode walked four times for New Oxford. A.J.Cieslinksi took the loss depite allowing just two earned runs in a complete-game effort. New Oxford finished 14-7. Cedar Cliff improved to 14-5.
Red Land 7, Gettysburg 4: At Red Land, the Warriors' season hit the end of the line with a District 3 Class 5-A first-round setback. Gettysburg, seeded 12th, finished 13-8. Fifth-seeded Red Land moved to 16-3. Dillon Gebler doubled for the Warriors,who led 4-2 after 3 1/2 innings, but couldn't hold on.
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