YORK — Behind a combined six RBIs from their Nos. 4, 5 and 6 batters in the lineup and a strong two-man pitching performance on the mound, the York Cornerstone Seniors picked up an 8-3 win over Central City Saturday afternoon in the Senior Cornerstone Classic at Levitt Stadium in York.
York’s AJ Beins, Bradyn Glebe and Keegan Lyons all had two RBIs in the win as Beins and Glebe went 2 for 4 at the plate while Lyons, the catcher, was 2 for 3.
York trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, but Beins’ two-run single to left field tied the game at 2-all. Shortly after that, Lyons gave his team its first lead of the game, 3-2, with an RBI double to center.
The Seniors likely would have tacked on more runs in the bottom of the third if it wasn’t for an impressive play at the plate from Central City catcher Dylan Soule, who quickly grabbed a wild pitch at the backstop and beat a York base runner to home for the third out to end the inning.
The Seniors sealed the win in the fourth when Cameron Bethune scored from third thanks to an error at first base and Glebe ripped a two-run single that gave York a 6-2 advantage.
The offense provided from the middle part of the order was just what Cornerstone head coach Justin Rodrigues was hoping to see.
“They came up really big,” Rodrigues said of the middle part of the order. “Every time Lyons comes up he’s been giving us competitive at-bats for the last three days. He’s really starting to be a staple in the lineup and was definitely the player of the game for us today.”
Creighton Hirschfeld started on the mound for York and lasted 4 1/3 innings while recording five strikeouts and four walks. The righty gave up only two earned runs on four hits. Bethune, who also had two hits in the game, came in relief to finish the contest and did well with two strikeouts, two walks and just one earned run off four hits.
“Creighton has had huge success against Central City, and those guys are really good baseball players,” Rodrigues said. “We were able to beat them last year when Creighton pitched, so I just kind of went with the hot hand and Creighton did a great job again. Then Cam coming in and finishing it off was big for us as well.”
York, which improved to 6-7 with the win, outhit Central City 10-8 in the game. Central City’s defense had three errors to York’s one.
Central City was led at the plate by lead-off man Michael Rutherford, who was 3 for 5. Tres Gonsior, Soule and Brett Steinke all had one RBI.
York will play its next game in the Senior Cornerstone Classic Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Levitt.