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Red Lion and Gettysburg are both trying to win a division title and secure the highest possible seed in the District 3 tournament.
The Lions gained an upper hand with a 9-2 victory on a rainy Monday afternoon at Gettysburg. Despite the schools not being in the same division, the match-up was a key crossover game for both.
Red Lion (9-2, 7-2 YAIAA Division I) broke open a 2-2 tie with a seven-run outburst in the top of the fifth that was aided by two costly Gettysburg errors. Cole Delp struck the big blow for the Lions when he ripped a bases-loaded triple to right-center.
"Their pitcher (Logan Carbaugh) was throwing first-pitch fastballs and you could see when he was going to throw his curve," Delp said. "We tried to attack the fastball if it was a strike, or wait back on the curve."
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After a rocky first two frames where he allowed two runs and five hits, Red Lion southpaw Tyler Stabley settled in and hung four zeroes on the board. He allowed only a pair of hits over his final four innings.
"We knew that Red Lion was a good team and this was a good test for us," Gettysburg coach Ryan Brady said. "We had one bad inning, they took advantage of it and broke the game open."
Red Lion hasn't qualified for the district tournament since 2010, but came into Monday's game holding the second spot in the latest Class 6A power rankings.
"Every single game matters with only 10 teams making districts," Red Lion coach Kevin Lawrence said. "We're only a game up in the division, too."
Gettysburg (9-2, 7-1 YAIAA Division II) hasn't won a division crown in at least 25 years and hasn't been in the district tournament since 2008. The Warriors were sixth in the Class 5A rankings where the top 14 make it.
The Warriors have now lost two of three since starting the year 8-0, the lone win coming from a 3-2 victory in 11 innings over Dover last Wednesday.
"We haven't played well in our last three games," Brady said. "We're not going to panic, but at the same time, we need to regroup a little bit."
Gettysburg plays three more times this week with road games at Central York and South Western before hosting York Suburban on Friday. The Lions also have three more games this week, with home contests against Dover and Central York before traveling to Hamburg on Saturday.
"We have plenty of physical ability," Lawrence said. "We need to continue to improve mentally and emotionally if we want to get to the level that we are capable of."