Ebersole, GS shut down Lititz in New Era

By on July 23, 2014
Odd Fellows’ first baseman Zach Peters tags out GS base runner Zach Skinner, who dropped a first-inning sacrifice bunt last Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Knight)

Odd Fellows’ first baseman Zach Peters tags out GS base runner Zach Skinner, who dropped a first-inning sacrifice bunt last Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Knight)

Lititz Odd Fellows’ skipper Bill Weismandel gives credit where credit is due.

After watching his No. 5-seeded team suffer a 6-1 loss to 4th-seeded Garden Spot last Wednesday, July 16 in the New Era Midget Tournament quarter-finals at Clipper Magazine Stadium, Weismandel offered high praise for GS pitcher Kyle Ebersole.

“Quality pitcher, good arm, nice fastball, quality curve ball,” he remarked. “He kept us off-balance. He’s a good pitcher. Definitely one of the better arms, I’d say, in the league.”

This was the same pitcher who struck out 11 while leading the Lancaster County Christian School team to a 2-1 win over York Catholic in the District Three Single-A championship game this spring.

Ebersole showed that same form against Lititz last Wednesday, tossing a complete-game gem on 91 pitches. Allowing just two hits through six, the tough right-hander finished with a four-hitter, striking out six and walking two.

Garden Spot’s ace also benefited from three double plays turned by his defense behind him.

“There were a couple balls we hit hard that unfortunately were outs, but he’s a good arm and you don’t see a lot of power arms with that good a curve ball at this level,” said Weismandel, whose team finished 10-5 this season. “So when you see it, it’s an adjustment. It takes a few innings just to even adjust. I would have liked to have seen some more hits, but you’ve got to give him credit.”

Give credit as well to the GS batters, who worked Lititz starter Tim Griest to three-ball counts three times in the first inning en route to a 2-0 lead. RBI singles by Logan Eby and Anthony Torreulla gave Spot a lead it never relinquished.

“One through seven in their lineup, six of those guys played varsity this year so they have a clue at the plate,” Weismandel said. “And Tim was maybe falling behind more than he wanted and they’re solid hitters. When you get guys who have got some varsity experience and they’re up in the count, they’re going to put good swings on the ball, they don’t overswing and they hit some good line drives.”

In the bottom of the third, GS extended its lead to 6-0 on RBI singles by Brock Kauffman, Torreulla and Nick Lehman, sending eight men to the plate while forcing Griest to throw 40 pitches.

“They just put a couple nice innings together and that was enough for them,” Weismandel said.

Matt Cover threw three perfect innings in relief for the Odd Fellows to keep the score where it was, but Zach Peters (2-for-2, BB) and Dalton Uibel managed the only base hits off Ebersole through six.

Then in the seventh, Justin Smith led off with a single to right, Peters stroked a base hit to left and Smith scored the Odd Fellows’ only run when Thomas Elliott grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

It was too little, too late for last year’s New Era Tournament champions. Just over a week earlier, Lititz had knocked off Garden Spot 6-4 for its 10th win, but it wasn’t meant to be at the Clip.

“I just think it’s one of those games where if we play Garden Spot 10 times, they’ll probably win five and we’ll win five,” Weismandel said. “We beat them in the regular season. I think that if we get through this one, who knows what happens?”

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