Manheim ousted from LNP Tournament

By on July 10, 2019


Manheim VFW pitcher Kyle Martin fires a strike against Penn Manor in Monday’s opening-round action. Photos by Kirk Neidermyer

Manheim VFW pitcher Kyle Martin fires a strike against Penn Manor in Monday’s opening-round action. Photos by Kirk Neidermyer


The 12 and under boys from Manheim VFW faced dominant pitching and timely hitting Monday night in the opening round of the 74th LNP Tournament at Kunkle Field in Mount Joy.

That formula led the No.-3 seeded Penn Manor Comets to a 6-1 victory over number two Manheim under the lights. Top-seeded Mountville overpowered No. 4 Donegal 10-2 in the opener.

In a consolation-bracket game Tuesday night, Manheim was looking to keep its hopes alive facing Donegal back at Kunkle Field.

Unfortunately for the VFW, it wasn’t meant to be, as the Indians snapped a 5-5 tie in the top of the sixth and held on to win 6-5, ending Manheim’s season.

On Monday, VFW pitcher Kyle Mylin struck out five of the first seven batters he faced through two innings, keeping the Comets off the scoreboard. Manor’s Bradyn Eckert matched the zeroes, fanning four to keep the scoreless tie heading to the third.

Eventually, the Comets broke out with two outs in the top of the third. Following Mylin’s sixth strikeout, first baseman Cole Miller stroked a two-out single to left to get things started. Catcher Billy Riggs then jerked a towering fly ball to left field that one-hopped off the fence, plating Miller with the first run of the game.

Next, shortstop Bryce Avery stroked the second of his three hits to score Riggs., then two stolen bases and a wild pitch later, PM had a 3-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Eckert kept Manheim at bay through the fourth, finishing with eight strikeouts to pick up the win. Miller, Avery and Jackson Stuart combined to handle the final two innings of mound duty as the Comets managed pitch counts with an eye on the remainder of the tournament.

Manor tacked on the final three runs in the top of the sixth inning by drawing five walks and taking advantage of four wild pitches.

“We weren’t ready,” Manheim VFW head coach Darryl Zug said. “They got ahead in the count and we didn’t put the ball in play very often.”

Manheim’s only three hits were an infield single by catcher Brody Groff, plus singles by first baseman Amauri Ramirez and pinch hitter Carter Kyle.

“I threw a couple of guys tonight and spread it out so they are still able to pitch later in the tournament,” Zug said. “We have a lot of guys who can pitch. We’re not hurting for pitchers.”

Mylin totaled six strikeouts over three innings despite taking the loss. Cam Thompson pitched the fourth, striking out two. Chase Book hurled the final two frames, whiffing five.

“They’re disappointed, as you might imagine,” Zug said. “But they’ll come out and play well tomorrow. We’ve got to come out and hit the ball. That’s the name of the game.”

Manheim did get a couple of key hits Tuesday against Donegal, as Amauri Ramirez put the VFW in front 2-0 in the second inning with a two-run triple and then Cam Thompson drove home two runs with a base hit in the fifth, tying it 5-all.

After Donegal regained a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth, Manheim put the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position in the bottom of the inning, but the Indians were able to hold on for the victory.


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