Baron’s dream stops at semifinals

The Red Land Patriots defeated Manheim Central 8-0 tonight at York Revolution Stadium and thus their season comes to an end.

Through the first four innings it appeared that one run would be decisive in the PIAA Class 5-A baseball semifinal between District 3 rivals Red Land and Manheim Central.

Patriots starter Ryan Gordon and Barons starter Colton Book were cruising along, with each hurler surrendering just one hit.

Book, however, ran into trouble in the fifth. A single, a double and an intentional walk brought Red Land slugger Cole Wagner to the plate with the bases loaded.

After getting two strikes on the former Little League World Series standout, Book missed with a curveball that hit Wagner in the side to bring in the game’s first run.

That was the beginning of a Red Land eruption. The Patriots plated two more runs on a single by Ethan Phillips before shortstop Braden Kolmansberger bashed a three-run double to put the District 3 champs comfortably ahead.

The Pats added a pair of runs in the sixth on an RBI triple by Benny Montgomery and a sac fly by Wagner to finish off an impressive 8-0 triumph before a packed house at Peoples Bank Park in downtown York.

Looking to “defend” its title: Red Land (25-4) will now look to “defend” its 2019 state crown when the Pats take on District 7 runner-up Bethel Park (21-4), a 1-0 semifinal winner in extra innings over District 6 champion Central Mountain, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Penn State’s main campus.