Locked in a tie game in the top of the seventh inning, Littlestown tallied five runs and defeated Bermudian Springs, 8-4, in YAIAA Division III baseball action Wednesday afternoon in York Springs.
The win clinches at least a tie for the division crown for the Thunderbolts, and one more win or a loss by Susquehannock will clinch it outright.
Tied 3-3 in the seventh, Bolt left fielder Ryan Strevig started the winning rally with a leadoff walk. Another walk drawn by Adam Forsythe with one out brought Logan Mummert to the plate. His fourth hit of the contest, a double, scored Strevig with the go-ahead run and completed a perfect day at the plate. He doubled twice and scored twice.
Kai Hess followed with a single to plate Forsythe, his second hit of the day. He also knocked in a pair of runs.
"Those guys (Mummert and Hess) do a good job of producing for us in most games," Littlestown head coach Todd Gantz said. "But we've gotten solid contributions from different people up and down the lineup all year."
"Bermudian came out and played well. (Pitcher Clayton) Hoff threw a good game and kept us off balance for a while."
Bermudian scored the first two runs of the game when it tallied single runs in the second and third innings as Brad Perkins lined a single to right-center that scored Hoff in the second, then back-to-back doubles by Trevor Yinger and Mike Moore produced a run in the third.
Littlestown (14-2, 12-1 YAIAA Division III) had an answer in the fourth as Mummert started a two-run rally with a leadoff double and he came around to score on Hess' booming triple to right-center. A groundout by Seth McGregor allowed Hess to score the tying run.
Forsythe gave the visitors their first lead of the game when he singled home Strevig with two outs in the fifth.
The lead didn't last long, though. The Eagles were able to tie it in their half of the fifth on Moore's fielder's choice that scored Aaron Spahr.
"We have so many close losses against good teams this year," Bermudian head coach Eric McClintic said. "We give ourselves chances to win but we just don't have the nail in the coffin to finish off good teams."
Bermudian managed to collect 10 hits against Forsythe, but he went the distance on an economic 84 pitches, 55 of them strikes. He allowed one earned run and had a pair of strikeouts and one walk.
"Adam does a good job," Gantz said. "He hits his spots and trusts his defense to make plays behind him."
Hoff worked 6 1/3 innings before giving way to Garrett Cook. The Eagle southpaw allowed six earned runs and eight hits, matching four strikeouts with four walks while throwing 124 pitches, 70 for strikes.
"He threw well, but he was tired in the seventh," McClintic said of Hoff. "We have four games this week, so we were kind of forced to send him out there due to scheduling and trying to have enough pitching to get through the week."
Yinger, Moore and Alex Orwig each had a pair of hits to lead the Bermudian offense.
Wednesday's game was a makeup for a postponement earlier in the season, but it set the teams to faceoff on back-to-back days as the Bolts host the Eagles for Senior Night tonight at 7 p.m.
LITTLESTOWN 8, BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 4
Littlestown 000 210 5 - 8 9 3
Bermudian Springs 011 010 1 - 4 10 1
Lt, Adam Forsythe and Travis Henrie; BeS, Clayton Hoff, Garrett Cook (7) and Austin Musser. SO-BB - Forsythe 2-1; Hoff 4-4, Cook 0-0. W - Forsythe. L - Hoff. 2B - Lt, Logan Mummert 2; BeS, Trevor Yinger, Mike Moore. 3B - Lt, Kai Hess, Josh Vaughn.