By Dave Byrne
Logan Givler pitched a scoreless inning to close out the Mountville Indians’ victory over Manheim VFW on Monday night. He was just getting started.
Givler pitched the Indians (31-9) into Friday’s New Era Tournament Midget-Midget championship game, limiting the Warwick Phillies to Justin Byler’s second-inning single in an 8-0 victory, Tuesday night at Mt. Joy’s Kunkle Field.
The Indians will await the result of tonight’s elimination game between Manheim and the Phillies (17-15), who meet back at Kunkle Field at 7.
Givler struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter in five innings of work.
“That’s probably the best I’ve done all season,” said the youngster, who also helped himself at the plate, driving in three runs with a first-inning single, a hit that drove Warwick starter Gabe Cicala from the mound.
“I’ve had a couple good games, nothing close to a one-hitter,” added Givler, who allowed that Monday’s appearance, “gave me some confidence with my curveball.”
Cicala hit Ty Vaughn leading off the game, then walked Ryan Moffatt. After getting an infield out, Cicala walked C.J. Saylor, setting the stage for Givler, who eventually scored on Christian Shepperson’s single.
“It was a fastball, inside-ish,” said Givler, who also singled and scored in the fifth.
Saylor drove in a run in the second inning, Jeremy Brubaker tripled in Mountville’s sixth run and Vaughn capped the evening, doubling in a pair in the fifth.
Earlier Tuesday, Jake Novak was quicksilver on the bases and B.J. Fisher provided power at the plate as Manheim VFW (21-10-1) routed Donegal, 14-5.
Novak was 4 for 4, scored four runs and stole six bases. He also knocked in two runs in a seven-run, fifth-inning bat-around that turned a tight contest into a rout.
Fisher doubled in a pair of runs in a third-inning rally that saw Manheim take a lead it would not relinquish.
Then, with VFW up 7-5 in the fifth, Fisher stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and quickly cleared them, stroking a grand slam home run well over the fence in left.
Dawson Good ripped the first pitch he saw to the same place for back-to-back jacks and 13-5 lead.
Drew Mummau closed the scoring, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.
The recipient of this scoring largesse was Garrett Bruckhart, who went the first 31-e innings, allowed five runs — four earned — on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Donegal (31-4) made an early bid to stay in the tournament as Brady Steinmann doubled in a run, Kobe Bistline plated Dale Houser on an infield hit and Dawson Magar scored Chris Nash on an infield out.
Donegal scored a run on a Bruckhart balk and another on Connor Updegraff’s single, to pull within a run at 6-5 going into the fifth.
Then the roof caved in.