Lititz VFW preps for League Playoffs
The Lititz VFW completed their regular season with a 10-8 record, earning the 6th seed in the upcoming 14-U Section One playoffs in the Lancaster County Youth Baseball League.
Overall the VFW finished 22-12, winning championships in the Charlie Weller Memorial Tournament and the Manheim Lions Tournament.
"All and all I’m pretty pleased with the season so far. I think we are finally getting healthy at the right time heading into the league playoffs," said manager Jamie Weachter. "The kids persevered and we kept battling through the injuries and hopefully we’ll look to prove that we are an elite team."
Zach Peters (.536, 37 runs, 39 RBI) paced the Lititz offense. In 108 plate appearances Peters struck out only one time. Eric Garner (.406, 22 runs, 31 RBI), Dalton Uibel (.398, 39 runs, 25 RBI) Cole Barolo (.338, 15 RBI), Ethan Norman (.333, 21 runs, 31 RBI) and Stephen Poliski (.291, 16 runs, 12 RBI) all were big contributors offensively.
"Before we were hit by the injury bug we were rolling" said Weachter. "At one point we won 11 in-a-row, including our two tournament championships. "
Defense played a huge factor in the streak, including a stretch of seven straight games without an error. Weachter added "Most games we played great defense, something that we stress in practice and something I take pride in."
Leading the way defensively were: Ethan Price (SS), Josh Weachter (2B), Mitchell Cook(3B & 1B), Peters (3B), Barolo (C), Jake Weachter (LF), Tyler Trimarchi (RF) and Uibel (CF).
Lititz opens the eight-team playoffs Monday July 8 at St. Leo’s, in a best of three series. If they advance they will move onto the four-team New Era Tournament, starting July 17 at Kunkle Field in Mt. Joy.
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