Warwick 10/11 All-Stars fall to Ephrata, Solanco
The Warwick 10/11 All-Stars were down, but not out.
That’s the attitude they carried with them to the Solanco Little League complex last Sunday after dropping their opening game to Ephrata just one day earlier in the double-elimination District 23 Little League Tournament.
Then, even after falling behind 5-0 in the first inning to Solanco, they continued to battle. But unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.
Trailing by five going to the bottom of the first, Warwick got a leadoff triple from Bryce Zimmerman and an RBI ground by Connor Cowher to get on the scoreboard.
Solanco added to their lead with three in the top of the third, but the red and black again answered right away. This time, Zimmerman started it with a hit by pitch, Patrick Quinn walked and Matthew Ensinger had an RBI single, the first of his three base hits in the game. After Simon Gerofsky walked, Ryan Aukamp hit an RBI groundout to make it 8-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, with Warwick facing an 11-3 deficit, Gerofsky singled, Aukamp walked and Ben Kreider delivered an RBI base hit.
Warwick scored its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Zimmerman again started it with a walk, Cowher singled, and Quinn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ensinger then smashed a two-run base hit.
Quinn and Cowher pitched for Warwick.
Last Saturday, Ephrata broke open a tight game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to beat Warwick 8-3 in a first-round game in Quarryville. Tim Beever was a thorn in the side for the Warwick all-stars, as Ephrata’s cleanup hitter finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Patrick Quinn and Matthew Ensinger had two hits apiece for Warwick, which trailed only 3-2 after scoring a run in the top of the fourth. But that’s as close as they would get.
Ben Kreider walked and scored in the first inning when Simon Gerofsky reached on an error, putting Warwick up 1-0 against Ephrata starter Zack McGillan.
It didn’t last long, however. Beever’s RBI single off of Warwick starter Ryan Aukamp in the bottom of the first tied it up, and then Logan Molchany’s RBI double and Holden Haws’ bases-loaded walk put Ephrata ahead 3–1 in the bottom of the second. Aukamp, Gerofsky, Quinn, Bryce Zimmerman and Clayton Dmitris all pitched in the game for Warwick.
Quinn and Zimmerman pitched out of a jam in the third to keep it a two-run game, and then Aukamp’s sharply-hit RBI double to left field drove in Ensinger, who had singled, to cut Ephrata’s lead to 3-2 in the fourth. Connor Cowher was also on base twice in the game for Warwick with a base hit and a walk.
But Beever’s RBI double, Sam Cable’s (2-for-4) two-run double to left-center and Nick Vanderwende’s RBI single up the middle extended Ephrata’s lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth. They added an insurance run in the fifth on Beever’s RBI single. For the game, Ephrata capitalized on 10 hits and nine walks.
Meanwhile, Ashton Sensenig, Haws and Adam Maser followed McGillan to the mound to help preserve the lead for Ephrata. Warwick scored its final run in the top of the sixth as Cowher worked a leadoff walk, advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on Evan Popalis’ RBI ground out. More ALL-STARS, page B-6