Red Lion hit the halfway mark of the Susquehanna League pennant race in the same spot it finished last year: first place.

However, Clint Workinger's team, 15-3 at the turn, will have to start the second half on Tuesday evening without one of its top pitchers.

Jason Enoch recently signed a contract with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. Enoch, a former star at Hempfield High School and Juniata College, earned seven victories during Red Lion's 28-8 season in 2008.

Red Lion also is without Doug Bacon this season. Bacon, who won seven games during last year's championship run, joined Windsor in the offseason.

Two key losses, for sure.

But Red Lion still has pitching talent.

Shawn Hedrick, a star on the sandlots for years, heads up the rotation. Hedrick racked up seven victories a year ago and defeated Glen Rock in the first game of the York County Championship Series. The defending league and county champions also have Eric Lau, an eight-game winner last year, and Josh Hildebrand who recently shut out Felton on one hit.

Red Lion supported its pitchers in '08 with the league's best defense.

It holds a 21/2-game lead over Hallam and a three-game advantage over Windsor heading into Tuesday games. Red Lion is at Windsor in Tuesday's feature matchup.
The Central League race is even tighter, with Glen Rock holding a one-game lead over Manchester. And the teams are scheduled to play on Tuesday at Manchester.

Glen Rock, 15-2, counts on the pitching trio of Brad McCullough, Matt Gonzalez and Andy Rosenzweig. Gonzalez and Rosenzweig carry a perfect combined record of 11-0.

Veteran Fritz Allison leads the team in home runs and RBIs with five and 17, respectively. Ryan Poff, Gonzalez, Dan Rhodes and Tim Frisch have the top batting averages.

Glen Rock is bidding for its fourth regular-season title in six years.

Manchester, 14-3, meanwhile, is trying to win its first crown since capturing the East Division in 1985.

Seven different pitchers have earned victories for the Indians this season. Andy Clemens is unbeaten at 4-0, and Jeff Rowand, Nick Archer, Matt Kalos and Kevin Obermeier each have two victories.

Chris Biechler has been swinging a big bat with three home runs and four doubles.

Red Lion and Glen Rock came out on top in their respective leagues last year, and they're halfway home in bids to repeat. But they'll have to hold off a number of pursuers to be there at the end.

Dick VanOlinda is a sports reporter for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin or at 505-5407.