Manheim VFW gets fast start

By on June 17, 2015

 

Lefty Taylor Rohrer follows through on a pitch to Solanco in the Manheim VFW’ 11-0 win last Thursday. Rohrer and Caleb Weaver combined on a five-inning no-hitter. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Lefty Taylor Rohrer follows through on a pitch to Solanco in the Manheim VFW’ 11-0 win last Thursday. Rohrer and Caleb Weaver combined on a five-inning no-hitter. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

A couple of weeks ago, the Manheim Central baseball team was making a run to the PIAA State Triple-A playoff quarterfinals.

With the high school season finished, many of those players have now contributed to the Manheim VFW Midget team getting a fast 2-1 start.

They suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night, dropping a 7-0 decision to Hempfield at Landisville.

Lefty Taylor Rohrer, who pitched five innings, was strong after throwing just 48 pitches in Manheim’s 11-0 drubbing of Solanco last Thursday, but the offense managed just four hits behind him in the losing cause.

“Taylor pitched a heck of a game,” Manheim skipper Todd Lyons said. “We just didn’t back him up and couldn’t get any offense going.”

Kevin Starner, Chad Neely, BJ Fisher, and Nathan Loser accounted for Manheim’s base hits.

Last Thursday, Manheim put six runs on the board in the first inning and that was more than enough support for Rohrer and Caleb Weaver, who combined on a no-hitter in an 11-0 whitewashing of Solanco in Manheim.

Tyler Lyons, the No. 2 batter in the lineup, was just a home run short of the cycle to lead the offense. He had a single, double and triple while driving in two and scoring three runs.

“The pitching came through, the offense came through and we were good to go,” Lyons said.

Leadoff batter BJ Fisher also had a big night at the plate, connecting for a pair of hits and scoring two runs off of Solanco’s pitchers.

“(BJ and Tyler) are kinda the catalysts on our team,” Lyons said. “If they have everything going, then we usually do pretty good.”

In their opening game of the season last Wednesday, June 10, Fisher and Lyons had two hits apiece in Manheim’s 13-6 win over Conestoga Valley. With the two teams combining for 19 runs, the game was shortened to six innings due to darkness.

Neely shook off a tough start in which he allowed four runs to get the decision on the mound.

“He settled in and did a real nice job,” Lyons said.

Fisher scored three runs, while Lyons added three RBI’s and crossed the plate twice, and reliever Bryce Eberly shut the door on CV in his one inning out of the ‘pen.

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