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Warwick 11-12 year-old stars finish runner-up
Warwick Little League’s 11-12 All-Stars, managed by Clifton Shanklin, competed from June 28 to July 6 at the Solanco Little League complex and came home with runner-up honors, bowing to Solanco in the championship game.
There were one of eight teams were entered in the District 23 Tournament
Warwick’s campaign started with a 11-1 win over Garden Spot, as Chase Yarberough collected three hits and scored three runs.
Four Warwick pitchers &tstr; Connor Evans, Isaiah Lapp, Matt Woolley and Daegen Vazquez &tstr; combined on a one-hitter.
In action on June 29, Solanco got their bats going early and often, finishing off Warwick 20-2. Bright spots for Warwick included Paul Layton and Woolley with two hits apiece.
Facing a long road back through the loser’s bracket, Warwick got underway on June 30 with a 18-8 triumph over Manheim Township. Woolley added three hits to his total, with Jeremy Bell and Bryce Pfeiff also reaching base three times each. Layton pitched three effective innings against a good hitting Township squad.
The following night, Warwick came back to face Conestoga Valley and ended up in a frustratingly long, but ultimately successful grind over five days. With big innings in the top of the third and fifth, Warwick was able to build up a 12-8 lead for hardworking starter Isaiah Lapp.
However, CV rallied in the bottom of the fifth as Lapp started to tire. Coach Shanklin turned to Woolley to face the heart of the CV order, but unfortunately a three-run put Warwick down 13-12.
Needing a run to stay alive in the top of the sixth, Marshall Adams laid down a bunt and advanced to third on passed balls before scoring on a grounder by Vazquez. Woolley went on to fan 10 CV hitters over a gutsy 3@-E innings, but the Warwick bats also went silent, at which point the game was suspended through eight.
The teams returned under stormy skies on July 2, with Warwick’s Jeremiah High coming to bat in the top of the ninth. After working a full count against CV’s tough lefty, High stroked a textbook base hit into right which started a Warwick rally. After Dalton Tompkins walked, Isaiah Lapp singled, but then wound up advancing all the way around to score in a bizarre sequence of overthrows.
Soon enough, with Layton on second and Woolley on first it appeared that Warwick would add to the total. Mother Nature, however, had other ideas and a series of lightning delays stretching for two hours took the life out of the party. It was agreed to try again on July 3, but no sooner did the teams arrive in Quarryville than the skies opened and the continuation went to July 5, with the winner to face Octorara immediately after the completion.
Saturday dawned sunny and comfortable, and Warwick was able to advance Layton to score and go on to defeat CV 17-13 behind Vazquez, closing for Woolley.
The subsequent Octorara game had a bit less drama as Warwick never trailed while backing Layton and Woolley, who helped himself with four hits. With the contest still close at 12-9, Bell came to the plate with the bases loaded and scorched a grounder past third that ran all the way to the fence and plated all four runs including his speedy self.
Having worked their way all the way back to face Solanco for the title last Sunday, Warwick turned to breaking ball specialist Pfeiff. The hard hitting Solanco squad took advantage of a couple of defensive miscues and took a 7-0 lead. Evans then took the mound for two effective innings as the Warwick defense started to make plays, but Solanco wrapped up a 10-0 win. The Warwick boys did themselves and the organization a credit with their fighting spirit and work ethic throughout the week.