Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the fifth, Hanover rallied for seven to overtake Biglerville, 11-7, in YAIAA Division IV baseball action Monday afternoon in Hanover.

Biglerville (0-5, 0-3 YAIAA IV) led 5-4 before the Nighthawks' explosion, which started innocently enough when Nick Trish hit a two-hopper into shallow centerfield for a single.

Ryan Bowman drew a walk that ended the day on the mound for Canner starter Mike Borth, and following a hit-by-pitch, Logan Hamm worked a bases-loaded walk to tie the game.

Brady Goodfellow put the hosts in front with a two-run double, and Trish eventually capped the uprising with a two-run single. It was Trish's fourth hit of the contest as he finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Hanover’s Zac Sheaffer earned the win for the Nighthawks on Monday, giving up five hits with two strikeouts and one walk in five innings of work.
Hanover's Zac Sheaffer earned the win for the Nighthawks on Monday, giving up five hits with two strikeouts and one walk in five innings of work. (The Evening Sun - Clare Becker)

"Nick started slowly this year, but has hit the ball well lately," Hanover head coach Matt Baker said. "Really, the entire team has hit well recently."

Biglerville threatened in the sixth, leaving the bases loaded, before making it interesting in the seventh.

Tyler Asper doubled home Koby Griest in the seventh before Shawn Redding singled in Asper to cut the deficit to 11-7.

"We usually have one or two bad innings that really cost us," Biglerville head coach Jeff Taylor said. "We walk a couple guys, might make an error and then somebody smacks one. All of a sudden, we're behind by five runs."

"We've got to throw strikes, you can't walk as many guys as we are (eight walks on Monday) and expect to win ballgames."

Hanover (3-2, 3-1 YAIAA IV) found itself in trouble early as the Canners got the first two runners of the game on base before Nighthawk starter Zac Sheaffer worked out of danger without allowing a run.

The Nighthawks immediately went to work in their half of the first when Goodfellow drew a leadoff walk that started a two-run rally as Trish and Brandon Etzler each had RBI singles.

That was the first of three hits on the day for Etzler.

Biglerville’s Mitch Keller heads from second to third base during Monday’s game against Hanover.
Biglerville's Mitch Keller heads from second to third base during Monday's game against Hanover. (The Evening Sun - Clare Becker)

The third inning saw each team post multi-run rallies as the Canners scored three times in the top half to take a 3-2 lead. Hanover had the answer with a two-spot in the bottom half to take the lead back.

"Both teams battled hard all game and hit the ball well," Baker said. "And we were fortunate to get out of here with a win today."

Joel Redding led Biglerville's 11-hit attack with three hits, including a double, while Griest and Mitch Keller each had two knocks.

Sheaffer worked the first five frames to pick up the victory for Hanover. He allowed five runs, two of them earned, and five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

"Zac did a nice job today. He threw strikes and did what we needed him to do," Baker said. "He could've gone longer, but we wanted Jared (Peterman) to get some work, and we also wanted to have them both available to throw later in the week."

Both teams return to the diamond Wednesday for YAIAA IV contests. Hanover travels to York County Tech, while Biglerville hosts Fairfield. Both games are scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m.
Biglerville   003  020  2 --   7  11  3
Hanover   202  070  x -- 11    9  5
   Big, Mike Borth, Justen Trostel (5), Koby Griest (6) and Tyler Asper; Han, Zac Sheaffer, Jared Peterman (6) and Spenser Durika. W-- Sheaffer. L -- Borth. SO-BB -- Borth 2-5, Trostel 0-3, Griest 1-0; Sheaffer 2-1, Peterman 3-2. 2B -- Big, Joel Redding, Asper; Han, Brandon Etzler, Brady Goodfellow.