The Donegal Midget-Midget team does not appear to have an official nickname.
Because, like the bulldog, Donegal does … not … stop.
In a game that featured 10 pitchers, 40 runs, 32 hits, eight lead changes and took two hours and 50 minutes to complete, Donegal never gave in, never gave up and outslugged the Warwick Phillies, 22-18, in the first game of a New Era Tournament Midget-Midget semifinal doubleheader.
After scoring four runs in the top of the sixth to pull out a 9-8 victory in the first round of the NET, fourth-seeded Donegal scored 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for the fifth and final time of the evening and earn a spot in tonight’s Midget-Midget championship game.
In a game set for 7 p.m., Donegal will face the the Mountville Indians, who defeated Manheim Township Black late Monday night, 5-2.
Donegal had leads of 3-2, 8-5, 9-8 and 12-11. Warwick took the first lead of the night, 2-0, and held 5-3, 11-9, and 16-12 advantages.
Chris Nash’s two-run double was the game-winning hit and Dawson Magar finished with an inning-and-a-third of relief to pick up the victory.
Zach Peters, the fourth of five Phillies pitchers, surrendered six hits, a walk and hit a batter to take the loss.
Once again, Connor Green paced the Donegal attack, going 5 for 5 with a home run, 7 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
Going into tonight Green has 14 RBIs in the tournament.
He was ably backed by Dale Houser, (2 for 3, 4 runs, 3 RBIs with a homer); Kyle Hess, (3 for 5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a homer) and Brady Steinman, (2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs).
Hess and Green homered back-to-back in Donegal’s final inning to give Magar some breathing room.
He needed it.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Dalton Uibel (3 for 4, 4 runs, 4 RBIs) hit the second of his two two-run homers to pull the Phillies a bit closer. His first round-tripper had given the Phillies their last lead.Mountville 5, MT Black 2: And what better to follow an onslaught of hits than a pitcher’s duel?
Staked to five early runs, Mountville’s Jeremy Brubaker held Manheim Township Black to five hits and two runs and the Indians advanced to tonight’s final.
Township starter Jordan Scott experienced early wildness, walking three of the six batters he faced, and the Indians jumped out 5-0 and never looked back.
Kyle Lukowski took a bases-loaded walk to force in the first run and Brandon Hartman greeted reliever Bailey Jamanis with a 2-run single. Ben Sahd doubled in two more runs and Mountville was on the way.
Jamanis would allow just two more hits, striking out six and walking none, but Black had its hands full with Brubaker.
Brubaker is the fourth of his family to pitch for Indians’ coach Bob Sauder, who quipped, “I broke a mirror and got seven years of Brubakers.”
He pitched to contact and his fielders made the plays behind him.
Sean Henry had two of Township’s five hits, including a solo home run, and also scored on Zach Sheafer’s triple.
Sheafer was erased at home trying to score when the ball trickled away from third base.
It was one of three Black baserunning foibles as a runner was doubled off second on a liner to center and another was picked off first.
Maybe that made a difference. Maybe not. Certainly the pickoff hurt as it immediately preceeded Henry’s homer.