Ephrata, Hempfield advance in LNP Tourney

By Dave Byrne
LNP Correspondent

In Midget quarterfinal action at Lampeter-Strasburg Saturday, Ephrata and Hempfield both overcame early deficits to get the victory. Ephrata defeated East Petersburg 7-2 in the opener, while Hempfield knocked off Elizabethtown in the second game 10-7.

Ephrata 7, East Pete 2

East Petersburg took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with two unearned runs, but Ephrata later rallied for the win.

Aaron Fries tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-run single that scored Brandon Mentzer and Pat Conlin, and the Marlins took a 5-2 lead in the fifth when Mike Watterson scored on Brad Wolfe’s throwing error, Ben Good scored on Conlin’s RBI groundout and Mentzer scored on a balk.

Ephrata scored two more insurance runs in the sixth, which was more than enough for Fries, who limited East Petersburg to two hits and no earned runs in seven innings. Fries fanned 14 and walked one.

Hempfield 10, E-town 7

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Hempfield put together an 8-run rally to take the lead for good in the second game of the doubleheader.

Hempfield took a 2-0 lead in the first on Ryan Miller’s two-run single, but E-town rallied for four runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Dave Willenbecker and Jack Kern. Drew Hughes also drove in a run when he drew a walk with the bases loaded, and another run came in on Jeff Moore’s fielder’s choice.

E-town got three more in the fifth off reliever Matt Roberts. Zach Polito led off with a single and scored on Willenbecker’s double. Eric Stone then scored on a throwing error, and Adam Bartles drove in the last run with an RBI groundout.

In the bottom of the inning, Miller picked up his fourth RBI of the game with a two-run single and later scored on Justin Unton’s two-run double. After Aaron Herr plated another run with a sacrifice bunt, Roberts drove in two more with a single and Miller got his second hit of the inning to plate Mark Braun.

Roberts got the win in relief for Hempfield with four innings of work. He gave up four runs on six hits, walked four and struck out four.