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Lititz hammers TownshipLegion Baseball
As it was, the Lititz Legion baseball team had a solid lineup.
But then when Cocalico wasn’t able to field a team, the Post 56’ers picked up four of their players, and all of a sudden, Lititz was an even much more dangerous threat.
One of the newcomers for Lititz is Cody Pannebecker, and he showed his abilities on Tuesday night by going 3-for-3 with three RBI’s to help lead the Post 56’ers to a 15-8 shellacking of cross-town rival Manheim Township in District 10 action in Lititz.
The victory improved them to 10-2 with four games left in the regular season. Starting pitcher Kris Cullen notched the victory with four innings of work, as he struck out two and yielded one unearned run on four hits and four walks.
Township took a 1-0 lead in the first without a hit, as Jake Ritchey walked, advanced to third on a couple of errors and scored on Tom Mattaini’s sac fly.
But Lititz answered with four in the third off of MT losing pitcher Chris Martin to take a lead it never lost. Louis Casanova led off with a double to left, and two outs later, Pannebecker laced a hard-hit RBI double which Township’s left fielder misjudged. After Brian Eshleman walked, Andy Woolley ripped an RBI double to left-center and then Adam Marshall flared a two-run double to shallow left to drive in Eshleman and pinch-runner John Beyer to make it 4-1.
Caleb Mayer’s RBI double to left in the top of the fourth got MT within two, 4-2, but the Post 56’ers broke it open with a six-run rally in the bottom half to chase Martin. Pannebecker delivered an RBI single, Eshleman blooped a two-run base hit to right, and Marshall was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, as Lititz sent 10 men to the plate and pulled ahead 10-2.
Township scored two in the fifth and sixth to get back to 11-6, but the Post 56’ers added four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth in support of reliever Derrick Shields.
In other action, pitcher Brandon Guffey scattered just four hits over six solid innings to lead Manheim Central to a 5-3 win over Manheim Township on Monday night.
On Sunday, the Post 56’ers returned from a long break to hammer 14-3. Lititz led 5-3 after two innings, but then pulled away with a seven-run fourth inning. Pannebecker hit a home run to help lead the Post 56’ers attack in support of winning pitcher Marshall.
Manheim Central, meanwhile, suffered an 8-5 loss to Ephrata on Sunday. Central led 4-0 after two innings, but couldn’t hold on. Andrews started and took the loss. More POST 56’ERS, page B-6