High School Sports

York Cougars edge Nation Ford Falcons

The York Cougars scored the winning run on one of the wildest plays you will see, and got a stellar pitching performance from Trent Alexander to defeat the Nation Ford Falcons 2-1 Friday night at York. Alexander went the distance and only allowed one run on three hits, while striking out six and walking one.

The deciding runs scored for York in the sixth inning. With the Cougars down 1-0, Aaron Harper led off with a base hit to right. A stolen base and a wild pitch had him at third with no outs and Thomas Caldwell up. Caldwell, who had already reached base twice, hit a slow roller between the pitcher and third base line. Evan Lammers fielded it and Harper was going to score from third either way. But Lammers throw to first was high and went down the right field line. After slowing down around second, Caldwell went for third and the throw there was high and got away as well, allowing Caldwell to score the deciding run. The two runs scored on a ball that was hit maybe 25 feet.

Both teams had only one hit through four innings as the starting pitching dominated. Nation Ford stranded one at third in the fourth inning after an error allowed Lammers to reach. Two wild pitches put him at third but Alexander got Nick Cash to fly out to left to end the inning. The Cougars left a runner at second in both the first and fourth innings. Alexander worked around errors in both frames.

Greg Izzo led off for the Falcons with an infield base hit. With two outs and runners on first and second, Alexander threw a wild pitch that the catcher, Austin Devinney, could not locate when it took a huge hop and went halfway to the Nation Ford on-deck circle, allowing Cole Martin to score all the way from second.

Lammers pitched well also, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and two errors. He struck out five and walked only one.

TURNING POINT

Evan Lammers was cruising along for the Falcons, allowing three baserunners until the pivotal home sixth. The tying run was destined to score, but the two errors on one play allowed an unearned run to come across and eventually decide the game.

CRITICAL

Thomas Caldwell reached base all three at-bats for York. The two errors on his last at-bat decided the game, meanwhile Alexander was able to pitch around the Cougars’ two errors and strand runners at third.

STAR CONTRIBUTORS

Alexander and Lammers were both great, allowing two earned runs between them on seven hits with 11 strikeouts and just two free passes. Caldwell was the major thorn in Lammers’ side, reaching base three times with two hits and a walk.

OVERHEARD

“I talked to our offensive guys about putting pressure on people, just putting the ball in play,” York coach Eddie Tisdale said of the game-deciding play. “Overall, we have decent team speed. All we have to do is tap the ball in play there and score a run, and Thomas does a great job of battling. Aaron’s going to score to tie the game, and Thomas, to his credit, doesn’t give up and dog it down the line. He gave us a great chance to make it a close play and that put pressure on their pitcher.”

“That’s a senior stepping up in a big game when you need him the most,” Tisdale said of Trent Alexander. “He came to me early in the week and asked for the ball and I kind of had my gut instinct and I know Trent. If he’s asking for the ball, I know that he can shoulder the load. And that’s what he did tonight.”

Box score

York 2 Nation Ford 1

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Trent Alexander. Evan Lammers. WP - Alexander. LP - Lammers. Leading hitters: York - Thomas Caldwell 2-2, BB, RBI, R. York: 2-3 Region 3-4A.

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