Chase Hoecke's RBI double in seventh sends Dallastown baseball team to state playoffs
- Dallastown beat Gov. Mifflin 2-1 in the District 3 Class 6-A third-place game.
- The win clinched a state playoff berth for the Wildcats, who improved to 18-5.
- The winning run came in the bottom of the seventh on Chase Hoecke's RBI double.
The Dallastown baseball team will have an opportunity to make another state playoff run in 2018.
The Wildcats earned a dramatic 2-1 walk-off triumph over Gov. Mifflin on Wednesday in the District 3 Class 6-A third-place game at Manheim Township High School.
It was a win-or-go-home affair.
Chase Hoecke's one-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh plated Peter Capobianco with the winning run. Hoecke's hit was the only extra-base hit of the game.
Mifflin had tied the game in the top of the seventh with an unearned run against Dallastown standout Nick Parker.
Parker still got the complete-game win, throwing exactly 100 pitches and allowing four hits and zero earned runs. He struck out eight and walked two.
Capobianco finished with two hits and scored both Dallastown runs. Hoecke also had two hits, as did Julian Bailey. Trent Rowland drove in the Wildcats' other run in the third inning on a bases-loaded walk.
Top-seeded Dallastown improved to 18-5. Seventh-seeded Gov. Mifflin finished at 13-11.
The Wildcats now advance to the state playoffs as the No. 3 seed from District 3. They'll face the District 7 champion on Monday in a first-round PIAA game at a site and time to be determined.
Last season, Dallastown advanced all the way to the 6-A state final before suffering a postseason loss.