Manheim Township, Solanco White earn Midget-Midget wins

BY DAVE BYRNE
Sports Writer

As Richie Ashburn often moaned, “Oh, those bases on balls!”

Four Mountville Indian pitchers issued 11 free passes Monday evening. Not a good way to conduct business on a night in which the Manheim Township Blue Streaks banged out 16 hits.

Owen Stout of Mountville is thrown out at first base as Luke Wenger of Manheim Township stretches to make the catch. (Robert R. Devonshire Jr. photo)

Township, seeded fourth, was all over the No. 1-seeded Indians from the jump, scoring two in the first inning and three in the second. Posting six and nine runs in the next two innings opened the door to a 20-2 mercy rule victory in the LNP Tournament Midget-Midget game at Kunkle Field in Mount Joy.

Turning point: Winning pitcher Nick Kurtz launched a majestic two-run home run well over the batting cage in right field in the first inning and the Streaks were off and running.

Stars of the game: Evan Clark and Kyle Musser. Clark was 3-for-4 with six RBIs, on a three-run double and three-run homer. He scored twice. Musser, also 3-for-4, drove in seven runs on a three-run homer, a two-run double and a two-run single. He scored three runs.

Key statistic: The Streaks had two bat-around innings, sending 11 to the plate in a six-run third inning and 13 in their nine-run fourth.

Up next: The Streaks take Solanco White tonight. Prior to that, Mountville will face the Warwick Phillies in an elimination game, beginning at 6 p.m


Solanco White 7, Warwick Phillies 5

In a game that had a little bit of everything, including a 15-minute rain delay in the third inning, No. 4-seeded Solanco White jumped ahead early and held on for dear life at the end to emerge with a 7-5 victory over the second-seeded Warwick Phillies.

Taking command with a 4-run first inning, Solanco was never headed. Which didn’t mean it didn’t get very interesting at the end.

Trailing 7-4 and down to their last out, the Phillies loaded the bases on a Matthew Seibert double, Zach Shertzer’s single and a walk to Evan Rohrbach, issued by Kyle Stively who came on in relief of Seth Harnish.

Throwing a sweeping breaking ball, Stively hit Cam Hess to force in a run, but got Matt Williams on strikes to nail down the save and send White to tonight’s winner’s bracket semifinal.

Harnish gave winning pitcher Zed Baker the early advantage with a 3-run, opposite-field hit to right. That coming on the heels of Michael May’s RBI double.

The Phillies got two back on Hess’ 2-run single in the bottom of the first and added a run in the second on an error on Seibert’s safety squeeze.

Baker helped his cause with a long solo homer, way out to left, in the third and Josiah Petersheim delivered an insurance run in the fifth inning on an infield out.

Turning point: The Phillies left the bases loaded in the second when Baker struck out Rohrbach and second baseman Sean Keller snared Hess’ liner.

Star of the game: Harnish, who went 2 for 4 with three RBI and pitched two sharp innings behind Baker and May before running into trouble in the seventh.

Key statistic: Left on base: eight for Solanco, nine for Warwick.

Up next: Solanco plays Manheim Township,  20-2 mercy rule winner over the Mountville Indians in Monday’s first game, tonight, following the 6 p.m. elimination game between Mountville and Warwick.

Tanner Pobursky of Mountville tags out a runner from Manheim Township at third base. (Robert R. Devonshire Jr. photo)

Manheim Township pitcher Nick Kurtz connects for a homerun in the first inning against Mountville as the 2015 LNP Tournament kicks off at Kunkle Field Monday evening. (Robert R. Devonshire Jr. photo)