MT tops Hempfield, Mountville edges Manor Ridge, 5-4

J.D. Hertzog drives in a run for Manheim Township.

By Aaron Griffith
Staff Writer

Manheim Township faced off against Hempfield, while Mountville took on Manor Ridge in the 66th New Era Midget-Midget baseball tournament Friday.

Township (21-7) defeated Hempfield 16-6 and Mountville came from behind to steal the win against Manor Ridge, 5-4.

Manheim Township head coach Jason Scott said, “Hempfield is a well-coached team, and we were eager to play them tonight.

“I was very pleased with our hitting tonight,” Scott said of his group, which put seven runs on the board in the first inning and scored 12 runs in the first three frames. “Players were selective to swing at strikes and stayed clear of swinging at balls.”

Jordan Scott was 4 for 4 and had six RBIs for Township.

Brian Downey was also 4 for 4, with one RBI, a double and a triple.

Township has won NET titles twice before, the last of which was in 2001, while Hempfield (12-15) won once in 2004.

Other strengths in the field for Township were catcher Jordan Scott, shortstop Bailey Jamanis and right fielder Jack Mentch.

Alec Miller blasted a first-inning homer that cleared the fence in center for Hempfield.

After the lights were turned on, Mountville and Manor Ridge took to the field.

Mountville overcame a 4-3 deficit by scoring twice in the bottom ofthe fifth inning. Kyle Lukowski singled to knock in Owen Lukowski and Connor Moffatt to provide the winning runs for Mountville.

Moffatt went the distance for Mountville, and came up clutch in the top of the fifth to give his team a chance.

Manor Ridge thwarted two other good scoring chances by Mountville by turning a pair of double plays.

“We made a couple mistakes out there, but were able to come back from it,” Mountville head coach Bob Sauders said.

“Manor Ridge plays a great game,” Sauders said. “Two outs at home was a bit of a momentum shifter, but we made it through.”

Mountville (25-10) is a NET regular and has won seven titles overall. Manor Ridge (10-14) won titles in 1971, ’77 and ’79 with the ’77 team going 36-0.

Hempfield’s Mark Peterson slides safely into second base before Manheim Township’s Billy Jamanis can apply the tag.

Mountville’s Brandon Hartman tags out Manor Ridge’s Dylan Crook at second base.

Mountville’s Brandon Hartman leaps for a throw as Manor Ridge’s Matt Tulli slides in safely.

Mountville’s Brandon Hartman gets emotional after a tag out on a steal attempt.

Tyler Peters gets a hit for Manor Ridge.

Manor Ridge’s Tanner Simet leaps over Mountville’s Jeremy Brubaker after the first half of a double play.

Joel Provost pitches for Manheim Township.

Rod Saatman delivers for Hempfield.

Manheim Township’s Brian Downey watches the flight of his triple.