New Oxford head coach Scott Anderson's team has been in its fair share of close games as of late.

The Colonials won on a walk-off hit Saturday against Big Spring and fell to Dallastown in 11 innings on Monday.

On Wednesday, behind a strong pitching performance by Anthony Lippy and several timely hits from Jake Toal, the Colonials pulled out a 5-3 win over Dover.

"Monday was a tough loss," An derson said. "We did not take it as a negative though. It was one of those games where someone had to lose. I expected us to come out and play well today and I expected (Dover) to play well. In our division everyone is bunched together. It is still up for grabs."

Lippy earned a complete game win while striking out four. It was the Colonials first complete game of the season. He struggled with his control in the first inning allowing Dover to get on the board first, but settled down after that.

"This isn't the first time he has started rough," Anderson said. "If you watch a lot of baseball, a lot of guys are that way until they settle down. I thought he did a great job and battled back after the first inning."

After a 31-pitch first inning, Lippy threw a combined total of 19 pitches in the second and third in nings.

"I think as I started mixing in my two-seam and started settling down and not trying to over-throw and bringing in the change-up that I did better," Lippy said. "I got a lot of kids on the change-up today.


It worked and throwing the curveball for a strike really helps. When you throw it a lot for strikes, kids can't really guess where you are throw ing."

With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth, Dover appeared primed to have a big inning after getting the first two batters of the inning on base. With no outs, Dover's Curtis Harman attempted to lay down a bunt but popped it up right into the glove of Lippy who then turned and fired it to second to get the double play. Lippy got out of the inning on the next batter, inducing a groundout to short.

"That was a huge momentum swing," Anderson said. "From the defensive standpoint, you have taken them from a potentially tough situation for us, to a double play and all the sudden they have a guy on first with two out. Obviously that was a huge situation."

The Colonials capitalized on the change of momentum in the bottom have of the fourth when Daniel Ernst drove a 2-1 fastball down the right-field line and drove in Kenny Horney to give New Oxford a 2-1 lead.

New Oxford added to that lead four batters later when Jake Toal ripped a bases loaded single to left field that scored two runs and gave the Colonials a 4-1 lead.

"I was just telling myself not to over swing," Toal said. "I have taken some big cuts. Coach has been working with us to cut our swings down and make good contact on the barrel and that's what I tried to do."

Dover scored a run in the top of the sixth, but again New Oxford responded in the bottom half of the inning. A Toal single loaded the bases for Cody Pieper who drove the ball deep to center field for a sacrifice fly to add an insurance run. That was all Lippy needed as he shut the door on the Eagles.

The New Oxford skipper was extremely pleased with his teams' ability to take advantage of their fourth inning opportunity.

"You have to seize the momentum," Anderson said. "I thought we did a nice job. Jake clutched up twice for us and hit the ball hard. It is funny how when you look at the season, they go through periods. We have hit some balls really hard at people. It was nice to see them start to fall in."

Two close wins in less than a week have the Colonials feeling the momentum.

"I feel like after Saturday's first game when we hit the walk-off that, right there was a spring board for us to keep winning games."

Dover 1000101 - 381
New Oxford 010301x - 580
Do, Stephen Jacobson, Grant Hoover (4) and Mitch Slater; NO, Anthony Lippy and Kenny Horney. SO-BB - Do, Jacobson 1-3, Hoover 2-2; No, Lippy 4-2. W - Lippy. L - Jacobson.