Slugs two HRs to down Donegal; Lions blank PM
By Kevin Freeman
Assistant Sports Editor
Had Ryan Dornes been aiming at a flagstick while playing another of his sports — golf — he may have used a 7-iron or 8-iron.
But Dornes was playing baseball and was using a bat to move the ball.
He was certainly correct on distance as Dornes hit a pair of home runs and teammate Mark Kambic added a solo homer to power Manheim Township Black to a 5-4 win in eight innings over Donegal in a quarterfinal game in the Junior-Midget (14U) Division of the New Era Tournament Friday night at Kunkle Field.
In the late game, the Manheim Lions scored six runs in the first inning and Daniel Weiderrecht tossed a one-hitter en route to a 9-0 win over the Penn Manor Comets.
Friday’s winners will meet in the second game of a semifinal doubleheader Monday back at Kunkle Field in Mount Joy.
Black’s homers were important but Manheim Township plated the winning run in the eighth on an error by Donegal reliever Adam Kolenda, who overthrew first on a bunt attempt by Matt Shatto with none out. The error scored Kevin Bushong, who led off the eighth with a double.
Black starter Tyler Russell fanned 13 in 6.1 innings but walks, a key hit in the second inning and some small ball enabled Donegal to get the game into extra innings.
“Tyler has been a workhorse for us all year,” said Black coach Ross Sachs, talking about Russell’s effort.
Donegal’s Ryan Myers made an early relief appearance and surrendered just two runs over six innings to keep Donegal close.
Dornes and Kambic went back to back in the first inning to stake Black to a 2-0 lead. Donegal answered in the second when Myers drilled a two-run double down the first-base line. Black came back in the third with Dornes’ second homer, which followed a hit by Nolan Sachs.
“Both (homers) were fastballs,” Dornes said. “I thought they might throw me junk on the second one but I got another fastball.”
Donegal re-tied the game in the sixth. Ben Ross hit a bases-loaded chopper on the right side of the infield and Black couldn’t make a play on the ball, scoring Myers who had reached on a hit-by-pitch.
Derek Mohr followed with a bunt single that scored Kolenda who had reached on a walk. Black kept the game tied, getting a pop-up double play to end the inning.
Dornes came on in the seventh and struck out the side, then got a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.
Bushong led off the home eighth with a double down the third base line, leading to the winning run.
Manheim Lions 9, Penn Manor 0: Staked to an early six-run lead, Weiderrecht faced trouble just twice, once in the second and once in the third. Penn Manor left runners on second and third before Weiderrecht got a strikeout and a pop-out. He stranded runners on first and third with a strikeout in the third.
“Daniel stayed with it, pounded the zone and made them put the ball into play,” said Manheim coach Jeff Flanagan. “And we made the plays behind him.”
Manheim sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning. Kimmel’s three-run blast put his team up 5-0 just one out into the inning.
“That was our 29th homer as a team for the season,” Flanagan said. “We were able to stay on the gas a bit and with Daniel pitching the way he did, you couldn’t ask for a better start to the tournament.”