Phils remain in LNP Tourney hunt

By on July 13, 2016



Warwick’s Tate Landis connects for a second-inning double off of Manheim Township pitcher Ryan Jones in the Phillies’ 10-0 win on Monday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick’s Tate Landis connects for a second-inning double off of Manheim Township pitcher Ryan Jones in the Phillies’ 10-0 win on Monday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The Warwick Phillies have a pretty potent formula of success on offense.

David Woolley, Chase Horst, and Regan Kline all set the table at the top of the batting order.

The middle of the lineup then takes care of cleaning it up.

On Monday night in the Philllies’ LNP Midget-Midget Tournament opener against Manheim Township, it was Matt Seibert who feasted, going 2-for-3 with two triples and four RBI’s.

“When put those three guys in front of a Matt Seibert, that’s tough for a defense to get those guys out,” Phillies’ skipper Collin Cossette said of Woolley, Horst and Kline, who finished a combined 5-for-8 with six runs scored.

With Seibert also pitching a masterpiece on the hill, that was plenty, as Warwick advanced with a 10-0 four-inning thumping of the Blue Streaks at Mount Joy’s Kunkle Field. The left-hander yielded just two hits, while striking out six and walking none on 47 pitches in 3 2/3 innings.

“(Matt)’s just an impressive young man, and when he gets going, the rest of the kids just jump on board and follow him,” Cossette said.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, though, they hit a bump in the road on Tuesday night, suffering a 5-3 loss to No. 2-seeded SWS to drop into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

During the regular season, the two squads split a pair of games, with Warwick winning 6-0 and SWS handing the Phillies their only league loss, 7-6.

In this one, the Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when catcher Alex Knapp doubled, then scored when starting pitcher Breadon Karpathios hit a one-hopper back to the mound.

The Phillies plated two in the bottom of the first to take the lead when shortstop David Woolley and catcher Reagan Kline scored on first baseman Seibert’s RBI single.

SWS jumped back on top in the second on a two out, two-run home run by left fielder Beau Heyser. The Cardinal power show continued in the fourth when first baseman Gehrig Harsh went over the right-center field wall, stretching the lead to 5-2.

Karpathios shut down Warwick until the fifth, when back-to-back doubles by center fielder Chase Horst and Kline completed the scoring. Kline was the only Phillie with more than one hit in the game.

“I think our biggest challenge was internally at the plate,” Cossette said. “We got some quick 1-2-3 innings, which extended their starting pitcher another inning. Karpathios is a talented young man. We’ve played 36 games this year, and he’s one of the best we’ve seen.”

“I’m extraordinarily proud of the fight that this team has,” he added. “That’s why I knew we still had a shot.”

When asked what he told the team after the tough loss, Cossette was all positive. “Our tournament starts tomorrow,” he said. “I always tell them that great athletes forget. We fully expect to be back Friday competing against SWS for the championship.”

On Monday, Warwick scored all it needed off of MT starting pitcher Ryan Jones, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Horst, showing off some opposite-field pop, doubled off the wall in left and scored on Kline’s RBI single. Seibert then laced an RBI double to the right-center field gap and scored when Township outfielder Brady Yohe misjudged Matthew Williams’ towering fly to deep center field.

“Our leadoff hitter, David Woolley, does a tremendous job of really working the pitcher,” Cossette said. “Horst, for a little guy, has tremendous pop and he can really drive the ball. I think a lot of people underestimate him because of his size. Regan Kline, in our number three spot, hits the ball as hard as anybody. He’s just more of a line drive, ground ball hitter, and he’s got a lot of speed.”

They broke it open in the second, sending 10 batters to the plate and extending the lead to 9-0. Brady Wiggins worked a leadoff walk, Chance Montgomery flared a single to right, and Woolley singled to deep short, loading the bases. Courtesy runner Chase Martin scored when Horst reached on a fielding error &tstr; one of three in the game for MT &tstr; and after Kline had a Texas League RBI single, Seibert smashed a 2-0 pitch from Township reliever Ben Shenosky for a bases-loaded, three-run triple.

“He’s so confident when he gets to the plate,” Cossette said. “As somebody who loves baseball, to watch him perform at the plate, swinging the bat, he swings at good pitches.”

One out later, Tate Landis delivered an RBI double to left to complete the inning’s scoring.

Meanwhile, Seibert escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the first inning and then cruised. Capitalizing on pinpoint accuracy, throwing 35 of his 47 pitches for strikes, he retired nine straight over one stretch.

“I think his track record gives our players a lot of confidence out in the field,” Cossette said, “but you could kick dirt in his face and he’d keep coming back. He’s that type of player. He’s a competitor, and at 12 years old for someone to have those types of mature qualities is really impressive and you just don’t see that very often.”

In the bottom of the third, Woolley had a one-out single past shortstop and later scored on Kline’s RBI ground out, pushing the lead to 10-0.

Williams then relieved Seibert with two outs in the fourth and retired MT’s Fisher Druck on a fly out to center, stranding runners at first and third to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.

“I think for us, it’s a big first step,” Cossette said. “We are trying to focus on one game at a time and trying not to get too confident, but being confident in our abilities and what we’re capable of doing.”

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