Lititz drops fourth straight

By on July 3, 2012

Photo by Preston Whitcraft
Caleb Metzler connects on a pitch from CV's Brian Cherrington.

The Lititz Legion baseball team capped a tough week on Sunday by getting swept in a doubleheader, dropping them to 6-5 in District 10 action.

After suffering a 15-5 loss at Strasburg-Willow Street, the Post 56’ers came out on the short end of a 6-0 shutout defeat to Conestoga Valley and ace pitcher Brian Cherrington in the nightcap. It was Lititz’s fourth straight loss.

CV jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of Lititz starter Logan Kurtz, and then Cherrington took care of the rest, holding the Post 56’ers’ offense to just three hits while striking out 13 and walking two.

Stoltzfus clubbed a home run for Conestoga Valley, which added three insurance runs in the third and one in the fifth.

The Post 56’ers complete the District 10 regular season this week at home against Penn Manor (Tuesday) and at Ephrata (Thursday) at 6 p.m.

Earlier against SWS, Lititz went in front 2-0 in the top of the first, but it was a short-lived lead. SWS got one back in the bottom of the inning and then grabbed the lead for good with a seven-run second-inning rally.

Ben Gingrich started and took the loss, and Louis Casanova pitched in relief, as SWS connected for 15 hits and capitalized on six Lititz errors.

The Post 56’ers got as close as 8-5 with a two-run fourth inning, but SWS invoked the 10-run rule with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Peter Darrenkamp went the distance on the hill for the winners, scattering five hits for the decision. He whiffed eight and walked three.

In other action last Thursday, Bainbridge erased a 1-0 deficit with a three-run fifth inning and held on to defeat Lititz 3-2 in a District 10 game.

The Post 56’ers got within a run in the bottom of the sixth, but could get no closer. Braidy Weiler started and suffered the loss, striking out three and walking three. Chris Martin finished up in relief.

Last Tuesday, June 26, Lititz took a 4-0 in the top of the second inning, but couldn’t hold it, as they dropped a 7-5 loss to Bainbridge.

Bainbridge went in front 5-4 in the bottom of the third with four runs off of starter Caleb Metzler and reliever Zach Hurst. The Post 56’ers’ defense, though, committed five errors behind their pitchers in the loss. More LEGION, page B-3

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