Manheim improves to 3-0 with win over Bears Blue

By on June 15, 2016

 

Nate Loser was 2-for-3 with a home run to help support lefty pitcher Taylor Rohrer, as the Manheim VFW pulled out a 3-2 victory over Bears Blue on Monday night in Lancaster County Midget Baseball School League action in Elizabethtown.

While improving to a perfect 3-0, first-place Manheim dealt Bears Blue (3-1) its first loss of the season.

Rohrer struck out eight and surrendered just three hits and two walks for the complete-game win.

Loser’s blast to left-center in the top of the first inning gave Manheim an early 1-0 lead.

But E-town answered in the bottom of the frame, as leadoff batter Cayden Livingston laced a double off the fence and scored on Chad Caley’s RBI single. In the second, Bears Blue took a 2-1 when Austin Denlinger walked, stole second and scored on Jake Adams’ RBI base hit.

Their lead, though, didn’t last long.

Manheim’s Bryson Morton began a third-inning rally off of Bears’ Blue starter Ryan Rupp and went to second on Cody Gibble’s sacrifice. Drew Mummau’s single put runners at the corners, and then Tyler Simon drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right field and Loser slugged a key two-out RBI single to knock in Mummau with the go-ahead run.

From there, Rohrer ended the game with five straight scoreless innings to put it in the books.

“(Taylor) wasn’t hitting his spots early &tstr; he was getting the ball up,” Manheim coach Jeff Mummau said. “But he started reigning it in and getting his curve ball across, his fastball was more down at the knees. And his velocity seemed to pick up throughout the game.”

Rohrer’s effort helped to ease the sting of some base running errors committed by Manheim.

“We probably should have put one or two more on the board,” Mummau said. “We had some base running blunders, but we had enough offense to pull it out.”

The victory gave Manheim six points on the season, tied with Bears Blue and Cocalico (3-1), but one game ahead in the loss column.

“We knew we had a good team,” Mummau said, “we knew we had a lot of returning players with Drew coming up, a solid shortstop, and (second baseman) Cody Gibble’s another who came up from the 14U’s and we knew he was going to help us in the infield.”

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