Quarryville reclaimed the lead in a weird sixth inning and defeated Memory 21 4-3 in a Quad County Baseball League game Wednesday night, June 29, at Lancaster Mennonite High School.
Quarryville led 2-0 entering the inning before Memory 21 rallied for three runs in the top half. Quarryville reliever Zack Leonard was victimized by some bad luck. The leadoff batter reached when a grounder to first took a wicked hop over the shoulder of first baseman Tanner Kennedy.
The next hitter grounded a ball in the hole. Quarryville shortstop Ben Miller made a sprawling stop and threw to second from the seat of his pants. The ball appeared to beat the runner but he was ruled safe. Then both baserunners moved up on a balk.
An RBI single cut the lead to 2-1 and put runners on the corners. Leonard had the runner picked off first base but a throwing error allowed the tying run to score and the other runner to move to second. After a strikeout, Memory 21 took the lead with an RBI single.
Quarryville trailed for the first time but not for long. Matt Barton started the bottom of the sixth with a double off the base of the left field fence. Garrett Worthington reached on an infield hit to third and Barton moved to third on a throwing error on the play. Worthington then stole second. Matt Rayha hit a bouncer to third and the first baseman could not handle the throw allowing Barton to score the tying run and putting runners on the corners. Ben Miller hit a grounder to short and the throw to second on an attempted force play was wild as Worthington scored the go-ahead run.
Leonard struck out the side in the seventh to secure the win.
Quarryville had gone ahead 2-0 with single runs in the first and second. Rayha singled to right to begin the bottom of the first and Miller followed with a hit through the hole.
Rayha stole third but Miller was thrown out at second. After a strikeout, Joe Murray delivered an RBI single through the hole.
In the second, Jeremy Hess led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on a Kennedy single to center.
Quarryville starter Hunter Sipel, a 2022 Penn Manor graduate who will pitch at Division I Kent State, worked five scoreless innings and fanned four.
Quarryville improved to 7-3 on the season, good enough for first place in the five-team league.
Quad County is a wooden bat league for adults. Quarryville has captured two straight titles and four since 2013.