SWS stays alive; Township advances to championship game

BY JOEL SCHREINER
Correspondent

SWS weathered a storm and a ferocious Cocalico comeback to stay alive in the New Era Midget-Midget Tournament.

Tso Kovack scores in the first inning for SWS, which went on to defeat Cocalico. (Kirk Neidermyer)

SWS broke open a tie game with a huge final inning to put away Cocalico, 14-8, Tuesday night at Kunkle Field in Mt. Joy.

SWS will play Warwick in an elimination game Wednesday night at 7, back at Kunkle.

Manheim Township defeated Warwick, 12-2, in Tuesday night’s late game.

Township spotted Warwick a run in the first before erupting for six runs in the second. Township plated the six runs on only three hits. Warwick starting pitcher Collin Beach walked four and hit a batter in the inning.

Township added a run in the third and three more in the fourth.

In the opener, SWS rapped 14 hits and took advantage of seven Cocalico errors.

Ethan Hackman and Christian Garver led the charge with four hits apiece. Garver drove in three runs, while Hackman scored four times.

Braedon Karpathios added three hits, scored three runs and drove in three. He also started on the mound and went four innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits.

Karpathios fueled the early SWS charge with a two-run double in a three-run first inning.

Cocalico scored a run in the second and two more in the third to knot the game.

SWS regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. After Cocalico went 1-2-3 in the home fourth, the game was delayed 58 minutes by a storm that blew through the Mount Joy area.

Following the delay, SWS added three runs (all unearned) in the fifth, pushing the lead to 8-3.

Cocalico rallied in its half of the fifth, pushing five runs across to, once again, tie the game.

In the inning, Cocalico sent 10 batters to the plate and got run-scoring hits from Brock Gingrich, Colby Zimmerman and Ian Martin.

SWS responded by sending 11 batters to the dish in the sixth. The end result was six unearned runs on five hits and three more costly Cocalico errors.

Nate Royer came on to pitch the final inning for SWS and retired Cocalico in order, including two strikeouts.

Ethan Minnich hits for the Warwick Phillies

Bryce Behmer pitches for Manheim Township.

Andrew Zenitner pitches for Cocalico. (Kirk Neidermyer)

Ethan Hackman hits a double for SWS. (Kirk Neidermyer)

Braedon Karpathios pitches for SWS. (Kirk Neidermyer)

Andrew Zenitner pitches for Cocalico.