LUMC snags Lititz Lilacs crown away from LEFC

By on July 8, 2015

 

 Lititz United Methodist Church batter Trever Wealand connects for a base hit in his team’s 14-4 win over LEFC-B in the Lititz Lilacs Tournament finals. Also pictured are LEFC-B catcher Greg Latimer and home plate umpire Mike Griffith. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Lititz United Methodist Church batter Trever Wealand connects for a base hit in his team’s 14-4 win over LEFC-B in the Lititz Lilacs Tournament finals. Also pictured are LEFC-B catcher Greg Latimer and home plate umpire Mike Griffith. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The rivalry lives on between Lititz United Methodist and LEFC. wrests

A good-natured one, but a rivalry nonetheless.

From 2010-12, Lititz United Methodist dominated the Lititz Lilacs softball championship.

LEFC returned the favor for the next two years.

Last week, the pendulum swung back to Lititz United Methodist, who capitalized on a big inning late in the game to pull away in a 14-4 victory over LEFC-B in the finals last Thursday, July 2 at the Lititz Ambucs field.

“It’s a friendly rivalry,” manager Doug Barge acknowledged. “They’re good guys, we’re good guys, we all get along and play in friendly competition. They’re a good team. They gave us a good run. I felt like a lot of the games this year were pretty good. It was fun to see. I think everybody had a good time &tstr; at least, that’s what I heard from the different players.”

On its run to the crown, Lititz United Methodist cruised to a 19-7 shellacking against LEFC-B in their opener on June 22. Next up, they continued their hot-hitting ways with a 17-3 decision over LEFC-A on Friday, June 26.

A couple of nights later, they punched their ticket to the finals with a 9-6 win over Trinity.

For the tournament overall, LUMC did a nice impression of the Bronx Bombers, outscoring their four opponents by a combined 59-20.

“We were hitting the ball really well,” Barge said. “In the Trinity game, we were kinda off that night. But other than that, it seemed like things were clicking and we were hitting the ball really well. So that was fun.”

While LUMC has a couple of sluggers in their lineup in Mike Smith and Brett Engroff, Barge believes that from top to bottom, they just have a solid group of players.

“We’ve got a bunch of guys that just get good, solid hits and show smart base running,” Barge said. “Softball is a hitters game. So it’s just guys finding green grass out there or poking the balls through and running around the bases.”

LUMC and Trinity both play in a league in Ephrata hosted by Bible Fellowship Church. LEFC competes in a different Ephrata league.

Their skills were sharp in the Lititz Lilacs Tourney, but Lititz United Methodist &tstr; who has third place nailed down in its regular-season standings heading into next week’s playoffs &tstr; was just a little better.

Asked if he thought they had a team that could re-capture Lilacs title this year, Barge said, “Yeah, you could say that. I mean, we certainly didn’t go in feeling like we were going to just walk away with it. We felt like we had a job to do and we had to really put our heads down and play our best game. We did play well, and again, take nothing away from LEFC. They’re a good team and they played well too. We were on it this year for whatever reason.”

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