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The Cashtown Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a deadlock and held on to defeat the Hanover Raiders 4-2 Thursday night at Cashtown to win the 2018 South Penn League Championship. Playing in front of a huge crowd, the two teams traded leads throughout in a tension-filled game that lived up to its hype. Cashtown grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Zach Ketterman singled and raced home from first on a hit-and-run single by D.J. Cool. The Raiders tied it up in the top of the second when Kody Kibler blooped a single to score Hanover starter Andrew Burke. The game remained deadlocked for the next two innings as respective aces Burke and Chase King grinded out of several jams. In the fifth inning Hanover took its only lead of the game when Alex Smith reached on an error, advanced to second on a bunt, and scored on Mark Phillips' two-out, full count single to left. The Pirates came right back, however, knotting the game at 2-2 on Chris Schachle's Texas-leaguer that scored Ketterman. King escaped another jam in the top of the sixth without damage before leading off the bottom of the frame with a solid single. King moved to second on a passed ball, and Ethan Ketterman followed with a bunt that failed to advance King to third, but was well placed for an infield single. J.C. Collins' sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position with one-out, prompting group huddles by both teams. Cashtown lead-off man Michael Tempel worked the count to 2-1 before dropping a suicide squeeze sac bunt down the first base line that scored King with the go-ahead run. Zach Ketterman then belted his fourth hit of the night, a double, to drive in brother Ethan. King took the mound in the top of the seventh and hit Smith with a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate with no outs. Robert Rohrbaugh relieved King at that point and retired all three batters he faced in order to preserve the victory and hand Cashtown its second consecutive league championship.


With their backs against the proverbial wall, Cashtown remained cool. Starting pitcher D.J. Cool tossed a complete game two-hitter and helped his cause by driving in four runs as the defending champs staved off elimination with a 5-1 win Tuesday night at Diller Field. Hanover will now visit Cashtown Thursday night for a winner-take-all game five of the SPL championship. It is the first time the SPL championship series has gone to a deciding fifth game since 2008.

Cool got things started for the Pirates offense by drilling a two-run home run in the top of the first, and Chase King chased home another run with a single. Cool singled home another run in the fifth and brought in the Pirates' final tally on a bases loaded groundout in the seventh. Hanover was held hitless through five frames but broke up the no-hitter and the shutout when the Brothers Phillips hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth, with Mark driving in A.J. Michael Tempel led Cashtown's 11-hit attack with three singles out of the lead-off spot.

Game five on Thursday begins at 6:00.


The Hanover Raiders brought the lumber on Sunday, cracking 14 hits and taking advantage of 8 free passes to defeat homestanding Cashtown 11-6. The win give the Raiders a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five SPL championship series. Kody Kibler, Alex Smith, and Kenny Horney each drove in three runs for the Raiders, with Smith and Mark Phillips pacing the offense with three hits each. Kibler and Clint Roche each added a pair of hits. Beau Deatrick tossed five innings to get the win. He struck out three and allowed just one run before being removed with an 11-1 lead in the sixth. The Pirates scored 5 runs over the final two frames to halve the gap but they could get no closer. Tyler Reinert and Chris Schachle each had two hits for Cashtown.

Game four moves back to Diller Field on Tuesday at 6:00.


Andrew Burke fired six scoreless innings and Mark Phillips blasted a pair of home runs to lead the Hanover Raiders past Cashtown 8-0 Saturday afternoon at Diller Field. Kody Kibler had three hits for Hanover, while Phillips, Pat Brady, Clint Roche, and Bob Taylor each had two. Burke struck out six against just a pair of walks and three hits allowed.

The win by the Raiders ties the series at 1-1, with game three Sunday at 1:00 at Cashtown.


The defending SPL champion Cashtown Pirates got off to a good start in their quest to repeat by taking game one 4-1 over visiting Hanover Thursday night. Hanover got the scoring started in the third when Andrew Burke singled home Pat Brady to give the Raiders a brief lead. Cashtown knotted the score in the fourth, with Wes Deporter's infield single bringing in D.J. Cool, who had doubled. The Pirates then put up a 3-spot in the bottom of the fifth. Cool drove in Zach Ketterman with a single to put the Buccos on top, Tyler Reinert singled in Chase King for insurance, and Chris Schachle drove in Cool with a sac fly to cap the scoring. King went the distance for Cashtown, limiting the Raiders to one run on seven hits despite striking out no one. King helped his cause by issuing no walks and his defense was perfect behind him.

Game two moves to Hanover on Saturday, with the first pitch slated for 1:00.