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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.
The Hanover Raiders completed a three-game sweep of top seeded New Oxford with a come from behind 6-3 win Monday at NOHS. Hanover trailed 3-0 heading into the sixth, but the first five Raiders reached base, with an RBI single by Mark Phillips and bases loaded walk to Clint Roche driving in runs. Kody Kibler's fielder's choice knotted the game at 3-3 before Kenny Horney delivered his second game-winning hit in two days by blasting a two-run triple to right. Jake Toal pitched into the seventh for the win and Jon Karlheim closed the door with a two-out save.
Cashtown scored eight runs in the first two innings and held hot-hitting Littlestown at bay in a 12-4 win to close out their semifinal series. Robert Rohrbaugh account for five of the runs with a 2-run double in the first and a 3-run jack to center in the second. Rohrbaugh finished with three hits, while Zach Ketterman and Tyler Reinert both had two. DJ Cool notched his second win in the series by throwing six innings of relief. Tanner Kohler drilled a pair of solo homers for Littlestown in the loss. He was joined by teammate Jacob Crawmer with two hits for the Dodgers.
Game one of the SPL championship series will be at Cashtown Thursday night at 6:00. The regular season series between the Raiders and Pirates was as even as it could get, with each team splitting a pair of contests at the other's field.
The Hanover Raiders and Cashtown Pirates both moved to within one game of a SPL finals rematch with wins on Sunday afternoon.
Hanover defeated New Oxford in dramatic fashion, as the Raiders scored two runs with two down in the bottom of the 9th for the 2-1 win. Andrew Burke and Anthony Lippy were locked into a pitcher's duel as neither team could dent the scoreboard through 8 innings. New Oxford pushed the first run of the contest across in the top of the ninth on Alex Emlet's sac fly. Hanover had two on with two outs when an infield single and subsequent throwing error allowed the Raiders to tie it. Kenny Horney then played the hero's role with a long single to plate Kody Kibler with the game winner. Horney and Kibler had two hits apiece for Hanover, while Jeff Deveney, Mitch Collins, and Dan Shafer all had two hits for the Twins. Game three of the best-of-five series takes place Monday at New Oxford High School.
Cashtown overcaming a stinging loss on Saturday to recoup with a 7-3 win over Littlestown in game three of their series on Sunday. Alex Dehaas went the distance for the win for the Pirates, who received three-hit performances from Zach Ketterman and Michael Tempel in the win. Tyler Reinert added two hits for the Pirates. Sean Connole, Brian Laurito, and Sam Wertz each had two hits for the Dodgers, who will host game 4 tonight at 6:00.
Littlestown defeated Cashtown 4-2 Saturday night in game 2 of their semifinal playoff series. The series is now tied at 1-1. Game 3 of the best-of-five series takes place Sunday at Littlestown, with game 4 to follow on Monday also at Littlestown.
WIth Littlestown's field needing extra time to dry and both teams wanting to avoid the possibility of further wet weather forecast for next week, Littlestown and Cashtown have agreed to flip-flop their home games scheduled for this weekend.
Game 2 will now be held AT CASHTOWN on Saturday, with a 6:00 p.m. start time. Cashtown will be home team. Then on Sunday, game 3 will be held at Littlestown at 1:00 with the Dodgers serving as home team. Game 4, if needed, would also be at Littlestown Monday night, and game 5 will remain on its regularly scheduled date of Tuesday, Aug 7 at Cashtown.