Warwick Phils take county’s 12U league championship

By on July 13, 2011

The recent offensive onslaught that led the Warwick Phillies to the league’s regular season title continued and helped them sweep through the playoffs to claim the overall 12U county championship.

On Monday evening, the Phillies defeated the Mountville Indians 14-4 to claim the first place hardware in the league finals. The offense started up in the bottom of the first as Justin Smith doubled and scored on Dalton Uibel’s RBI double to left. Tyler Martin then drove in Uibel with an RBI single up the middle to give the home team a 2-0 lead after one inning. In the second inning, Gabe Cicala singled with one out and scored on Justin Smith’s infield single to stretch the Phillies’ advantage to 3-0.

Ethan Price started on the hill and kept Mountville’s offense at bay, allowing just one run in the second and three in the fourth. He struck out three and walked one.

The Phillies’ offense erupted in the bottom of the third inning as they plated eight runs on nine hits, pausing briefly for a lightning/rain delay. Tyler Martin led off with a double and then capped it with a two-run single.

Leading 12-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Dalton Uibel finished off the scoring with a two-run bomb to left field, invoking the 10-run mercy rule and emptying the dugout in celebration. Uibel was greeted by the whole team as he touched home plate.

For the game, the Phils collected 19 hits in five innings. Justin Smith (3-for-4, 3 RBIs), Dalton Uibel (3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Tyler Martin (3-for-3, 3 RBIs), Zach Peters (3-for-3, 2 runs), and Ethan Norman (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) led the way. Patrick Mullen and Gabe Cicala added 2 hits apiece.

Last Wednesday, July 6, the Phils defeated Donegal 7-6 in the playoff semi-finals to advance. Donegal was cruising, scoring one run in the third, two in the fourth, and three more in the fifth to build a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth when the Warwick bats awakened. Patrick Mullen led off with a single, Dalton Uibel followed with a double, and Tyler Martin drove a 1-0 offering over the left field fence for a three-run homer to make it 6-4. Zach Peters then followed with a single and Ethan Norman blasted an RBI triple to right-center. Next, Gabe Cicala singled over second base to knot the game at 6-6.

Reliever Justin Smith then retired Donegal in order in the top of the sixth to set the stage for the dramatic finish. After Dalton Uibel tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, Donegal’s coaches — in a defensive strategy seen in the pros — decided to intentionally walk Martin and Peters to set up a force at home. After recording a strikeout, it appeared as though they had a shot at escaping the jam. But Ethan Price dropped a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score Uibel from third and send the Phils into the finals.

Ethan Norman (3-for-4, RBI), Dalton Uibel (3-for-3, 2 runs, RBI), Tyler Martin (2-for-3, 3 RBIs), and Gabe Cicala (2-for-2, RBI) paced the offense.

Phils skipper Eric Martin had nothing but praise for the players.

"These kids have developed a lot of fight in them," he said. "Since January, this group has worked extremely hard with the county title as a team goal. We knew we had the talent, but there was always the question of how well we would gel together. The commitment from the players and their families has been terrific all season long. Our support from Clair Brothers is always appreciated as well. Each player’s individual progress is quite evident, but I’m most proud of how they support each other and the team baseball they play. Warwick baseball has a lot of exciting years in store."

This Thursday, the Phillies will open play in the final tournament of the season, the prestigious New Era Tournament, at 6 p.m. at Mt. Joy’s Kunkle Field. The tournament bracket can be found at www.lancoyouthbaseball.org. More PHILLIES, page B-2

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