Prep Baseball Report

Game Recap: West York vs. Spring Grove (York-Adams Semifinals)

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

West York registered just three hits in a York-Adams League semifinal against Spring Grove but the Bulldogs parlayed them into three runs and a 3-2 win.  With the come-from-behind win, West York advances to the YAIAA title game opposite Eastern York, a 2-0 winner yesterday over Delone Catholic.

It was Spring Grove that got on the board early scoring twice in the top of the first inning with two outs.  Following a groud out and a pop out , shortstop Matt Brooks got the inning started with a two out single to left field.  Brooks stole second and advanced to third when the throw got into the outfield.  Catcher Derek Hoiles scored Brooks with a single and advanced to second on a single by designated hitter Trent Baker.  A walk and a hit batter brought home the second run of the inning before West York starter Nick Traettino was able to register a strikeout to end the damage.

West York cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second when NC State recruit Brett Kinneman (right) led off with a triple to left center field and scored on a well executed safety squeeze bunt by Andrew Copeland. The Bulldogs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the 5th without recording a hit.  Traettino led off the inning by reaching on an error.  A sacrifice bunt, strikeout and a routine fly ball to right field appeared to end the scoring threat, but the ball was dropped allowing Traettino to tie the game.

Logan Stover got the Bulldogs started in the decisive 6th inning with a single to right field.  Kinneman followed with a pop up to shallow right field that fell in no man's land, but resulted in a fielder's choice when a pinch runner for Stover was forced at second base.  The result may have been the key play of the game.  Copeland promptly delivered a double down the left field line and Kinneman used his elite foot speed to circle the bags with the go ahead run.

Traettino made short work of the Spring Grove lineup in the 7th setting them down in order to close out his complete game performance.  The senior allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out eight.

Anthony Reed, the lone senior on Spring Grove's roster, was the hard luck loser.  The lefty went 5.1 innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on just three hits.  Reed recorded seven strikeouts and walked two.  Brooks moved to the mound after West York took the lead and used just four pitches to end the inning on a strike out, throw out double play.

Copeland led the Bulldogs offense with a 1-for-2 night that included a double and two RBI.  Brooks (1-for-2, run) and Hoiles (1-for-3, RBI) led the Spring Grove offense.

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