Game 108: York 8, Southern Maryland 7

It’s been a tumultuous year for Keoni De Renne.

First, there was the battle to raise his batting average over .200. That took a month of hard work. Then there was the crisis in the field. De Renne has committed 28 errors already this year.

But the Hawaiian-born shortstop has returned to the form he dazzled the people of York with last year. And with one swing of the bat Tuesday night, all of the struggles were forgotten.

De Renne laced a line-drive single in the top of the 10th inning at Regency Furniture Stadium that plated Luis Taveras and helped the York Revolution to an exhilarating 8-7 win in 10 innings over Southern Maryland. De Renne, who hit leadoff, had three hits and is hitting .395 over the last 11 games and .253 overall.

Of course, his heroics wouldn’t have been possible without the work of Jason Aspito and Matt Esquivel. The Revs (22-16, 52-56) trailed 5-0 after six and entered the ninth inning trailing, 6-3. But Aspito launched a one-out, two-run homer deep to right field to tie the game. Then Esquivel’s laser beam solo homer gave York a 7-6 advantage.

The lead would be short-lived in the ninth. The Blue Crabs (19-18, 55-52) got a leadoff double from Adam Shorsher off Revolution closer Franklin Nunez and two batters later he came around on a sacrifice fly. But York, which entered with a 3-44 record when trailing after eight innings, persevered for its 10th win in 12 games.

Nunez (1-0) picked up the win in relief after Aaron Rakers (4 2/3 innings, four earned runs) returned to the starting rotation for the Revs. York opened up a 3 1/2-game lead in the Freedom Division thanks to losses from Lancaster and Somerset.

Notes: Apparently in honor of the Olympics in Beijing, Matt Dryer provided the rare “Olympic Rings” performance — also known as the “Texas Star.” Dryer struck out five times in five at-bats. … Aspito’s game-tying RBIs in the ninth gave him a team-leading 12 on the year. … Southern Maryland’s Eric Crozier went 4-for-5 and missed hitting for the cycle by a home run. He flew out two feet short of the wall in the 10th in his final at-bat. … Luis Taveras went 3-for-4 and had a solid game behind the plate. … Dan Foli will face Southern Maryland’s Keith Ramsey in the rubber game of the series Wednesday night.


2 Responses

  1. Five strikeouts in five at bats for Dryer? I know Pizza Hut is regretting making him the K man for the game. By the way, in York that feat is known as the Maple Donut Special.

  2. I can’t remember seeing five strikeouts by one player in any game I’ve covered — at any level for that matter.

    But in all fairness to Dryer, he’s made the absence of Shea Hillenbrand less of an issue. Dryer’s hitting .323 with four homers and eight RBIs over York’s last 10 games.

    As for Hillenbrand, I spoke with Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, on Tuesday and he still isn’t sure when Shea will return to action.

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