The Susquehanna/Central League men's all-star team came back to Sovereign Bank Stadium on Saturday for the first time since 2009.
Back in 2009, Travis Hake was just a couple years removed from playing in the Atlantic League. The Brogue resident was still staying involved in the game by playing in the local men’s Susquehanna/Central League.
And the York Revolution was set to play an exhibition spring training game against an all-star men’s league team for the 2009 Fan Fest event. But when Hake was approached about starring for the men’s league squad, he turned it down.
“I just wanted to let the other guys play because I played here before,” Hake said Saturday. “It’s a big deal to people. And I just got out of the league, so I figured I’d let them play.”
The infielder played in the Susquehanna League for three different teams after a stint in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system in 2000 and 2001. He went to play for the Revs in 2007, and also spent two seasons with the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2005 and 2006.
It’s unclear if Hake’s presence would have made a difference in the 2009 game, as the Revs won, 18-1.
This time around, Hake didn’t turn down the offer to play for the men’s league team, dubbed the “York County All-Stars.” For the first time since that 2009 event, the men’s league team squared off against the Revs on Saturday in the 2012 Fan Fest event.
Coming into the contest, Hake reminisced about the time he played for Division II Carson-Newman College.
“When I was in college at Carson-Newman, we were Division II and we played Tennessee, they were D-I. And we beat them like 13-6, they were just livid,” Hake said.
The York County All-Stars weren’t able to have the same success against the Revs on Saturday, falling to the Revs, 10-1.
Still, the game provided plenty of entertainment. Starting for the York County All-Stars was Shawn Hedrick (Susquehanna/Red Lion), who had pitched for the Revs in 2009 and 2010, combining to start, allowing 16 earned runs over 26.2 innings (5.41 ERA) with a 1-3 record.
The Revs scored two runs, one earned off of Hedrick in one inning of work. Scott Grimes reached third on a double steal and came home on a throwing error for the game’s first run, and Chris Nowak posted his seventh RBI of the spring with a double to right-center, plating Stephen Douglas to give York the 2-0 lead.
York County’s Kyle Cook (Central, Mt. Wolf) surrendered a run on three hits in the second inning. An RBI single by Salvador Paniagua scored James Shanks to give the Revs a 3-0 lead.
York County drew to within 3-1 in the top of the third when Jason Aspito (Susquehanna, Red Lion) scored on an error by Grimes in center field.
The Revs’ second baseman Andres Perez made it 5-1 in the bottom half of the third with a two-run homer to left-center off of Austin Hinkle (Susquehanna, Red Lion).
York County pitchers Jake Schoelkoph (Hallam), Brian Bossom (Jefferson), Jason Enoch (Red Lion) and T.J. Thomas (Stoverstown) combined to hold the Revs scoreless the next four innings.
The Revs put up five runs in the eighth off of Chris Stoudt (Windsor) behind a two-run homer from James Shanks and a three-run homer from Scott Grimes.
Revs’ starter Corey Thurman allowed the unearned run on two hits while striking out two and walking two. Revs’ relievers Santo Luis, Kris Regas, Adam Thomas and R.J. Rodriguez held York County scoreless in the final five innings but did give up four hits.
Talent: The York County All-Stars entered Saturday’s match-up with a roster that featured seven players with pro ball experience.
Jason Aspito (pictured in black) hit three homers in home run derby contest on Saturday to raise money for the Penn State York baseball program.
That included Aspito, who went 2-for-2 at the plate and reached base on an error in another at-bat. The Revs’ franchise leader in home runs (42), Aspito retired from the pro game in 2009 and is in his second year coaching the Penn State York baseball program. Prior to the game, Aspito held a home run derby to raise money for PSY baseball. Fans could pledge a certain amount of money for each home run Aspito hit. He ended up knocking three out to right field, which raised a total of $407.
Hake ended up going 0-for-3 at the plate. Enoch once played for the Barnstormers. Hinkle had a stint in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system until playing for the Barnstormers for the entire 2010 season.
Trent Kline (Central, Mount Wolf) is a West York High School grad who reached High Class A San Jose as a San Francisco Giants prospect in 2009. Todd Meyer (Central, Pleasureville) is a former York College ballplayer who pitched a couple seasons in the minors for the Montreal Expos (sic Washington Nationals) in 2002 and 2003. Meyer reached base safely in all three of his plate appearances on Saturday, going 1-for-1 and reaching two other times on errors.
A total of $1,051 was raised Saturday for the Susquehanna and Central leagues.
York County manager Rod Seitz (Susquehanna, Hallam) said he would love to see the Revs welcome back the York County All-Stars again in the future.
“Absolutely. This gives the notoriety to York County baseball,” Seitz said. “It helps the Revs out a little bit, too. It’s their pre-season and it’s hard for them to find teams around here to play. As long as they keep wanting to have us we’ll keep coming back.”
American Idol runner-up poses for a picture with a fan outside of Sovereign Bank Stadium.
American Idol: American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina had an autograph signing outside the stadium before the game. She later threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but didn’t fair too well – it went over the head of catcher Travis Scott. Alaina didn’t sing the national anthem, though. Apparently she had to be in Harrisburg for a concert later in the night.
York Dispatch editor Mark Franklin, who blogs about American Idol, covered Alaina’s detail to York in full detail. Check out the full story here.