Squires approached in the task for the name of the tournament YAIAA | Sports

The old adage of “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” may define the Catholic baseball team Delone when it comes to the YAIAA tournament.

While the Squires didn’t make multiple trips to the playoff finals, the guys from Delaunay wanted to rewrite history on Monday night at Red Lion High School.

Less than an hour after avoiding a battle with rivals Adams County, New Oxford in the semi-finals, the Squires embarked on a short trip on Route 74 from Dallastown to Red Lyon to meet Division II champions from Susquehannaca.

Playing under the light for the first time this season, the squires put out all their strength. But they returned to McSherstown with silver medals instead of gold.

In the final, the Squires held control of the dominant headquarters of Sasquehanac. Delon managed just two hits – both singles – as the Warriors won their first ever YA crown with a 3-0 victory.

“We had some chances,” Delone coach Jim Smith said. “We just couldn’t do it.”

Smith almost certainly talked about his team’s golden opportunity in the fourth inning. Sasquiehanac starter Logan Hauser walked over the first two hitters to seemingly set the table for Division IV champions to equalize the 2-0 deficit at the time.

Smith decided to go with the riot to move the others, but it had spectacular effects when the ball bounced. Warriors from first base AJ Miller caught the ball before shooting at second to complete a double play.

To end it all, Hauser selected Jake Sherdel to stop the threat.

“We played a lot of baseball today,” Smith said. “And I’m proud of them. We were in the game, but in the end we had to find a way to get a few hits. “

On Monday, Whitewash finished ninth this season for Sasukehan (18-4), but was the only one this season when the Squires were left without points.

“We just couldn’t go on the offensive,” Smith said. “Our defense has done a pretty good job, but it’s a good experience for them.”

Brady Dettenburn and Trent Giraffe counted Delaunay’s only blows in failure. Brody Collins scattered four shots and allowed all three runs – two of which were earned – in five with extra innings.

While the failure ruined the perfect evening for Smith’s crew, the truth of that night was that preparing for the upcoming District 3 playoffs it was a wonderful experience. Currently, Delone (15-5) is ranked 2nd in the Class 2A power rankings, which will allow them a week to prepare for the first district competition.

“Yeah, if we’re going to lose a friend, that’s what we’re going to lose,” Smith said. “It’s certainly a good experience to play at that level.”

Delaunay beat New Oxford in the semi-final match in the afternoon, exhausting the series at the top of eight halves. Collins performed in singles, then moved on to third when Sherdel fell. Collins then ran home to bring Delaunay 2-1.

The Colonials (12-6) tried to collect a small lightning bolt at the bottom of the half when after a couple of exits Koy Baker and Brennan Holmes parted a draw. Delaunay will release Aidan Whitmer, retired Ethan Dill on strike, however, to earn a bailout.

Sherdel worked out six strong frames, scoring nine outlines, allowing one unearned run.

Coltan Heifley went 3-on-4 with a pair of doubles behind Oaks, and Adam Pasco scored twice.

New Oxford, the YAIAA-2 champion with Gettysburg and Spring Grove, has secured a place in the playoffs of the 3rd Class 5A District.

Saskehanak 110 001 0 – 3 5 1

Delone 000 000 0 – 0 2 1

C, Hauser, Preston (6) and Barrett. DC, Collins, Little (6), Witt (7) and Giraffe. WP – Hauser. LP – Collins. 2B – S, Miller. 3B – S, Preston.

Catholic Delone 001 000 01 – 2 7 1

New Oxford 000 100 00 – 1 7 3

Sherdel, Witmer (7). Weaver, Smith (6). WP: Whitmer. LP: Smith. SO-BB: Sherdel 9-1, Whitmer 1-2, Weaver 5-1, Smith 3-1. 2B: NO-HAYFLEY 2

Back to top button