Norlanco advances with blowout over Manheim VFW

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

Jake Rutt’s nickname is “Diesel.”

He’s not really sure why.

“Probably from pitching,” he offered. “There’s a major league pitcher, I guess that’s where they got it.” Monday night, in the New Era Tournament Midget-Midget semifinals, Rutt’s pitching was the engine that pulled … Continue reading

Lititz gets over hump with 5-2 win over SWS

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

Henry Ford once remarked, “History, for the most part, is bunk.”

But there was no bunk to the history the Lititz Oddfellows have written in the New Era Tournament.

Dating back to the 2000 tournament, Lititz achieved the semifinals of the Midget division … Continue reading

Township returns to J-M title game

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

Darren Yoder hadn’t pitched much this summer.

Recovering from an arm injury, he’d taken it slowly, throwing an inning of relief here and there for Manheim Township Black.

“We brought him along slowly,” said Black assistant Lew Chillot.  “Finally, with the layoff between … Continue reading

8-time champ Mountville will face nemesis in M-M final

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

After an absence of one year, Mountville has returned to a familiar setting – the New Era Tournament’s Midget-Midget championship game.

The Indians (40-13) unseated defending champ Mt. Joy Blue 4-1 in the second game of a semifinal doubleheader Monday night at Kunkle … Continue reading

Champions at last

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

For Skylar Gingrich, the summer baseball season has been one long waiting game. Wednesday night the waiting ended for Gingrich.

And for his team, the Lititz Oddfellows.

Sidelined all summer by issues with his pitching elbow, Gingrich made his first appearance of the … Continue reading

Champions!

Paced by John Armbrust’s escape act on the mound, solid defense and opportunisitc hitting, the Norlanco Redbirds capture their first New Era Tournament Midget-Midget title.

By Dave Byrne
New Era Correspondent

Not even Mother Nature could stop Norlanco.

After waiting 68 minutes to begin play, sitting through two brief … Continue reading