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Dallastown hopes for ace pitcher's return

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Nick Parker is making progress in his return to the pitcher’s mound for the Dallastown baseball team.

But he’s not quite there yet, according to head coach Greg Kinneman.

Parker, who suffered an arm injury before the season, hasn’t taken the mound yet for Dallastown. Kinneman said Parker is improving, but is “still a few weeks away, for sure.”

Parker, who hit .377 last year as the Wildcats' starting shortstop, has yet to rejoin the everyday lineup. Kinneman said Parker will go to the doctor within the next two weeks to gauge his progress.

“There will be a process for him to come back and start pitching,” Kinneman said. “It’s still a few weeks out.”

The Wildcats, who were last year’s YAIAA tournament champion, have gotten off to a 3-2 start to the season. The team beat Dover 9-0 to start the season, before suffering losses to Gettysburg, 6-4, and Hempfield, 8-0. Dallastown rebounded this week by knocking off Spring Grove, 8-3, and beating South Western, 9-4.

The Wildcats did lose some strong starting pitching to graduation this offseason. Riley Hamberger headlined the staff, going 6-1 with an ERA under 1.00. Avery Strayer was also a solid contributor in the pitching rotation last year for the Wildcats, who finished the year 19-4 overall.

Kinneman said Wildcats’ pitchers have thrown well so far this year, however.

“Certainly Nick helps us with his return,” Kinneman said. “But I think we have enough quality arms to still be very competitive and reach some of the goals we’ve set for ourselves this season.”