BY DAVE BYRNE
The Mountville Angels changed their shirts and changed their lineup, changing the tempo of the LNP Junior-Midget championship game No. 2.
Scoring five runs in the first two innings, the Angels rolled to an 8-5 victory over Elizabethtown Navy, Tuesday night at Mount Joy’s Kunkle Field.
Switching from their yellow jersies to black, switching up the order of the lineup and inserting Alec Santiago into the lineup in the No. 5 hole, the Angels (27-5) flipped the script from Monday night, when they were limited to a run on four hits and jumped on Navy starter Nick Kreider.
They scored five runs on five hits over the first two innings, more than enough support for winning pitcher Ty Vaughn, who stifled Navy (18-5) on a run on three hits before exhausting his pitch-count limit after five innings.
“It was huge,” said Vaughn of the outburst, “especially given we didn’t have much run support yesterday. It gave me a huge confidence boost.”
Navy made a last-ditch move to keep the game alive, scoring four times in the bottom of the seventh. The big blow was Larry Locker’s one-out grand slam, a majestic shot over the scoreboard in left center.
But Cole Houser, in his second inning of relief of Vaughn, gathered himself and got a strikeout and ground out to trigger the celebration.
It was the second LNP Tournament championship for Houser, Vaughn, Ryan Glenn, C.J. Saylor and Connor Waughtel, who won as first-year U-12s as members of the 2012 M-M Champion Mountville Indians.
Turning point: The Angels had two on and two out in the top of the first for Santiago, who took two pitches out of the strike zone before launching a big fly over right center for a 3-0 lead. Santiago later added an RBI single. Vaughn singled in a run in the second and Saylor doubled him home for a 5-0 lead.
Stars of the game: Santiago, who came into the game 2-for-6 for the series, hitting in the late stages of games. Vaughn, whose big 12-to-6 curveball kept Navy off-balance all night.
Key statistic: Eight of the nine Angel starters contributed to their 11-hit attack.
Quotable: “Before the game coach said he was going to go with his hot hands,” Santiago said, explaining the lineup changes. “He was pretty confident that I was going to hit.”
Recalling his home run, Santiago said: “I was looking or a fastball and he gave it to me. It was a little bit outside, but I got a good part of it.”
“When we lost (wearing) yellow, I was feeling black,” said Vaughn alluding the the uniform change. “A real classy look. Got us the ‘W'”