Josh Hershberger surrendered only a third inning single to Bob Shoemaker on his way to a complete game victory as Quarryville shut out Strasburg/Willow Street by an 8-0 score in District 10 American Legion baseball.
Played on the Harold "Pete" Suter Field on Sunday, June 11, Hershberger suffered no ill effects from cool temperatures and a brisk win. He struck out seven, walked one and hit one batter. He retired the visiting side in order during the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The pitcher/third baseman benefited from two double plays, including a game ending 6-to-4-to-3 gem. No Strasburg/Willow Street runner advanced past first base, as Hershberger used his side-arm curve ball to near perfection.
Hershberger also helped himself with the bat knocking in two runs in the bottom of the first when he singled to right with the bases loaded to give Quarryville an early 3-0 lead.
The game winning run was credited to Nate Blough who walked on a full count plating Jordan McMillion who worked S/WS starter, Ben Longenecker, for a two-out walk to start the rally. Longenecker walked four Quarryville batters in a row before Hershberger's line shot gave the home team its first hit on the afternoon.
Quarryville scored a single run in the bottom of the third when Blough doubled home Kory Jackson who had reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
They scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on three more one inning later. Jason Long led off with a deep drive to left for a double. Following a Dan Ross four-pitch walk, Ben L. Miller singled sharply up the middle to score Long. Ross scored on a McMillion single and Miller scored on Jackson's RBI fielder's choice.
Longenecker went 5 1/3-innings for S/WS. He struck out four, walked seven, hit one batter and surrendered seven hits. Charley Haley mopped up striking out one of the two batters he faced.
Bob Swarr and Greg Aument shuffled the line-up as a couple of Solanco seniors opted to vacation at the shore following graduation. Jordan McMillion donned chest protector, shin guards and mask to handle the catching chores. T. J. Wolle moved to first, Nic Lewis vacated left for center field and Nate Blough patrolled left with Jason Long in right. With Hershberger on the mound, Kory Jackson protected the "hot" corner. "Nothing to worry about," said Swarr. "We'll be okay."
Quarryville will host Penn Manor on Thursday, June 15, before traveling to Ephrata on Sunday, June 18. They follow that visit with a trip to Strasburg/Willow Street on Tuesday, June 20, where they'll face their neighbor in a game to be played under the lights at 8 p.m.