Donegal holds on for thrilling win

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

Coming out of his third at-bat of the night, Nick Zito thought he detected a pattern in the way Hempfield Black’s John Brubaker was pitching to him.

“I struck out, (but) I saw that the first pitch was coming low and it was … Continue reading

Wolf’s slam sends Mountville into semis

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

While Rheems was making a pitching change in the bottom of the sixth inning, Mountville first base coach Scott Ream called batter Cullen Wolf over for a quick word.

“Close your eyes, swing at the first pitch as hard as you can and … Continue reading

Manheim VFW walks its way to a win over SWS

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

If the Manheim VFW Maroon Midget-Midgets haven’t chosen a theme song yet, perhaps they might consider Aerosmith’s Walk This Way.

Josh Good and Jeremy Patrick drew back-to-back, two-out, bases-loaded walks in Manheim’s final at-bat to fuel a 2-1 victory over the Strasburg/Willow Street … Continue reading

Defending champ Mount Joy rallies to reach semifinals

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

During a pre-game chat, a reporter asked Mount Joy Blue coach Ron Wagner if his team had crossed paths with the Warwick Phillies, the team Blue was minutes away from playing in the New Era Tournament Midget-Midget quarterfinals.

“Three times,” Wagner said, leaving … Continue reading

Strasburg-Willow Street forced to forfeit over roster flap

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

The scoreboard said Strasburg-Willow Street won the game.

But tournament rules said otherwise.

A dispute over the roster the White Sox submitted for the New Era Tournament forced commissioners to overturn Strasburg-Willow Street’s apparent 8-6 victory over Lititz VFW in Friday’s Junior-Midget quarterfinal … Continue reading

An Odd night at the Clip

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

You won’t find this anywhere in the Spaulding Baseball Guide, but it’s nonetheless a self-evident truth:

If you don’t hit and you don’t field, you won’t win.

Comet Blue found itself in a no-win situation Thursday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium, dropping a … Continue reading

Fast finish carries Township over Penryn

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

As the last fans straggled out of Mt. Joy’s Kunkle Field Friday night, a young Penryn fan was overheard lamenting, “I thought they were going to win.”

Penryn, a newcomer to NET action, took on Manheim Township Black in the second game of … Continue reading

2004 champion Mountville heads to semis

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

The youngest team in Bob Sauders’ long and successful tenure as coach of the Mountville Indians was playing the way young teams often will.

And, as a result, the Indians were on the ropes.

Trailing Maytown/Marietta Blue by four runs after three innings, … Continue reading

Manheim VFW

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

The come-from-behind kids did it again.

Manheim VFW scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 7-4 victory over Donegal in the semifinals of the New Era Tournament Monday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

“It’s truly amazing. … Continue reading

1st-inning barrage carries Mountville

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

In his pregame instructions Mountville Angels coach Ron Brubaker challenged his team to come out and attack the ball.

They listened.

Mountville mounted a six-hit, eight run first-inning assault on E-town Blue and starter Travis Epply and went on to record a 13-5 … Continue reading