Penn State York Baseball won their home opener this past weekend against Valley Forge on Sunday. Penn State York won the contest with a final score of 5-2. Penn State York was led by Brendon Delridge (York, Pa. / York Suburban) on the mound and at the plate. The Junior earned the win while pitching 7 1/3 innings while also collecting a pair of RBIs' on a two-run homerun at the plate.
Valley Forge Strikes First
In the top of the first, Valley Forge got off to a quick start. Jeffery Espinal singled to the right side on a sharply hit ground ball that just squeaked past Jackie Barlow (Manchester, Md. / Manchester Valley) in the hole, driving in Joseph Aguiar for the first run of the game. Delridge would work out of trouble holding the Patriots of Valley Forge to just one run in the first inning.
Penn State York Strikes Back
Penn State York would take the lead in the bottom of the 4th after scoring three runs of their own. John "JP" Dyson (Hanover, Pa. / Southwestern) laid down a sacrifice bunt in order to advance Delridge and Brad Church (York, Pa. / York Suburban) who were occupying first and second base at the time. Valley Forge's catcher picked the ball up quickly and attempted to throw out the lead runner at third but threw the ball into left field. On the throwing error, Delridge and Church both scored, giving Penn State York a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Dyson scored on an RBI groundout by Avery Penson (York, Pa. / York Suburban) to give Penn State York a 3-1 lead after 4 innings.
Delridge Goes Deep
After throwing a scoreless top of the 5th, Delridge came to the plate in the bottom of the inning. After a base hit by Brady Lefever (Elizabethtown, Pa. / Elizabethtown), Delridge came to the plate and blasted a two-run homerun to left-center giving Penn State York a 5-1 lead. Valley Forge would scratch across one more run in the top half of the 6th, but that would be their last as Penn State York went on to defeat Valley Forge 5-2.
On the Mound
Valley Forge used just one pitcher on the day. Joseph Aguiar tossed a complete game while allowing just five hits and five runs (two earned). Aguiar gave up three walks while striking out six and suffering the loss.
For Penn State York, Delridge earned the W while throwing 7 1/3 innings and allowing nine hits, two runs (two earned), one walk, and six strikeouts. Alex Peters (Bel Air, Md. / Patterson Mill) came in and earned a five out save while allowing just two hits and secured the win for Penn State York.
Penn State York will be back in action at Shyrock Field at 2:00PM on Friday, March 22nd as Penn State Scranton will travel to Penn State York for a single nine inning game. All Penn State York home games are free and open to the public.