YORK — The York Parks and Recreation Department’s O-Zone All-Star team fell to eventual champion Lancaster American 11-1 in the district tourney semifinal game at Clover Community Park.
Before the July 2 game with Lancaster, the York all-star players showed their grit in two down-to-the-wire finishes — a 5-4 win over Lewisville and a 14-13 loss to rival Clover.
While York head coach Justin Dellinger is proud of the local all-stars for competing at a high level in the first two games, he has a good idea why the team got off to a slow start in the loss to a solid Lancaster team.
“I think nerves played a part in the early stages of the game,” said Dellinger. “It took our players awhile to settle in.”
The Lancaster stars dotted the scoreboard often in the early innings, swinging the bats and building a 9-0 lead.
The York stars had a productive third inning when Mac Adams led off with a single to right-field. After Adams advanced to second on a wild pitch, teammate Curtis Howell singled, leaving runners at first and third.
A ground ball double-play sent Adams across the plate.
Later, with a runner at first base, Drew Barton appeared to have a clean hit but the Lancaster center fielder was playing shallow behind second-base and was able to force the runner at second to end the inning.
York had a potential threat going in the third inning.
It started with Adam Whitesides reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.
Whitesides stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Dylan Benfield.
Shortstop Seth Smart stepped to the plate and crushed a line drive to left field, but the Lancaster outfielder was able to make the catch to end the scoring threat.
York’s win over Lewisville included solid pitching and timely hitting.
Whitesides was among the leading hitters for the York all-stars, belting a clutch home run against the Lewisville team.
M. J. Comer had a strong mound performance, with relief from Benfield in the final inning.
Robert Dellinger and Drew Barton had key defensive plays.
Assistant coaches for the York all-star team were Mark Howell and Aaron Benfield.