In the midst of a battle for the Division II crown, the Northeastern baseball team can't afford a set back.
On Friday, the Bobcats wrapped up a very successful week with a 14-6 win against York Suburban.
Northeastern (12-6, 7-6 Division II) won all four games it played this week.
"As long as we keep winning, we're in good shape," Bobcats head coach Don Kauffman said. "We have to win on Monday (against Kennard-Dale) to have any kind of chance at the county playoffs."
Northeastern is in a tight battle with West York (6-6) and Kennard-Dale (5-6) for the division crown. The Bulldogs beat the Bobcats in both contests this season and the Rams beat the Bobcats in their first meeting in April.
Friday's win against the Trojans (5-10) sets up a crucial showdown with the Rams on Monday.
"This week was challenging," Bobcat senior Jesse Sargen said. "We played four good teams and luckily we came out on top in all four games. We had our ups and downs, but we battled back and came out victorious."
On Friday, the Bobcats offense pounded out 14 hits and batted around in two different innings.
Northeastern scored the game's first five runs as it batted around in the third inning against Trojans starter Levi Myers (four innings pitched, eight hits, three strikeouts and three walks). The Bobcats sent 11 batters to the plate and used three walks and a hit batsman to their advantage.
Devin Blymire's (2-for-3, two runs) two-run single was the biggest of the four hits of the inning, giving starting pitcher Steve Shimkus plenty of breathing room.
Suburban got on the board in the fifth inning, when Tanner Martin (3-for-4) delivered a runs coring single to center.
But, the Bobcats answered right back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs, two off a Sargen triple to right center.
"I've been seeing the ball pretty well the last couple of games," Sargen said.
Shimkus entered the sixth inning having only three hits. Of the 15 outs he had recorded in the game, five each came via strikeout, groundout and flyout.
But, the Trojans crept closer to the lead in a five-run sixth inning. Three straight base hits ended Shimkus' night (five innings pitched, six hits, five strikeouts and three walks) who gave way to Brady Dolan, a freshman making his varsity debut.
"He did a great job coming in there," Kauffman said of Dolan, who gave up two hits in two innings. "He got groundballs and we didn't make some plays on them."
The Bobcats answered back with six runs in the sixth, with Sargen providing a two-run ground-rule double. Sargen finished 2-for-3, with three runs scored and four RBIs. He also stole a base, walked once and was hit by a pitch.
"Jesse has been big for us all year," Kauffman said. "He's had a lot of big hits for us and he's played like our best player and we thought he'd be our best player."
NORTHEASTERN 14, YORK SUBURBAN 6
York Suburban 000 015 0 -- 6 8 1
Northeastern 005 036 x -- 14 1 2
YS, Levi Myers, Caleb Baughman (5), Levi Stein (6) and Jacob Kitting; NE, Steve Shimkus, Brady Dolan (6) and Devin Blymire. SO-BB -- YS, Myers 3-3, Baughman 1-3, Stein 2-1; NE, Shimkus 5-3, Dolan 1-1. W -- Shimkus. L -- Myers. 2B -- YS, Tanner Martin, NE, Jesse Sargen. 3B -- NE, Sargen.