Phils sweep Mountville to reach LNP Tourney

By on July 6, 2016
Left-handed fireballer Matt Seibert mows down the Mountville batting order in the Warwick Phillies’ 14-0 five-inning win last Wednesday. Photo by Stan Hall.

Left-handed fireballer Matt Seibert mows down the Mountville batting
order in the Warwick Phillies’ 14-0 five-inning win last Wednesday. Photo by Stan Hall.

The Warwick Phils are just keeping things simple.

Put the ball in play and let the chips fall where they will.

In the opening game of their best-of-three LNP Tournament 12U qualifying series last Wednesday, June 29 against 8th-seeded Mountville, the top-seeded Phillies were rewarded.

Chase Martin went 3-for-3, while Matt Seibert and Matthew Williams each had two hits and four RBI’s off of four Indians pitchers.

That was more than enough for Seibert and Williams on the hill, who combined on a three-hit shutout in the Phillies’ 14-0 five-inning drubbing at the Warwick Township Park.

“This team is blessed with just some incredible kids,” Warwick skipper Collin Cossette said, “and when they put it together, anything is possible which makes it a lot of fun as a coach to be a part of.”

The fun continued on Tuesday night, as Seibert pitched 5 2/3 innings, Tate Landis had two hits and Chase Horst chipped in with an RBI triple, as the Phillies blanked host Mountville 5-0.

With the victory, Warwick (30-6-4) clinched the series two games to none and advanced to the LNP Tournament, where they will begin play next Monday, July 11 as Mt. Joy’s Kunkle Field as the top seed against either Cocalico or Manheim Township in the second game of a doubleheader.

“We were able to scratch out a win,” Cossette said of Tuesday’s victory. “We had to scratch and claw to get our runs. It wasn’t like we had a five-run inning or anything like that.”

Mountville hung around, but couldn’t capitalize off of Seibert and Williams, who got the final out throwing just one pitch to close the door.

“(Seibert) had several strikeouts, he was solid — the strike zone was a little bit different, so I think he had to battle with that,” Cossette said. “Honestly, Mountville did a good job of putting together a couple hits here and there, and threatened a couple times, but overall, we were able to kinda just keep them settled.”

In their game last Wednesday, the Phils pounded out 12 hits, four of those for extra-bases. Horst and Landis each also had a two-hit night, and nine different players all scored runs.

“It doesn’t always happen that way,” Cossette said of the balanced production, “but (Wednesday) night it did. Chase Martin was hitting in the 10th spot for us and he had three hits and hit the ball hard. He’s young, he’s only 11, and for him to be a younger player and to have an impact on the game like that I think is pretty impressive.”

The Phillies jumped on top against Mountville starter Bergen in the bottom of the first. Horst had a one-out double to center, Seibert reached on a K-wild pitch, Williams slugged a two-out, two-run double to left-center and Landis added an RBI hit.

Meanwhile, Seibert, a hard-throwing left-hander, was mowing down the Indians’ order, scattering three hits in three scoreless frames with six K’s and no walks.

“He’s a pretty dominant force on the mound,” Cossette said of Seibert, who got a nice run-saving catch from center fielder Horst ending the third. “I think one of the biggest attributes that he brings as a pitcher is his ability to almost intimidate hitters because he’s not afraid to come inside and then go outside. He’s really accurate with his pitches and when you throw with that kind of velocity, for some of these kids who are 11 and 12 years old, that can be overwhelming to them. So it’s a mental advantage that he brings to the mound.”

In the second inning, the Phillies broke it open, sending 10 batters to the plate and pushing their lead to 10-0. Martin singled, David Woolley walked and both runners scored on Horst’s two-run base hit to center field. After Reagan Kline walked, Seibert smacked his team-leading 15th home run of the season over the 225-foot sign in right.

“(Seibert and Williams) both do a really good job of just hitting the ball hard, that’s what we focus on, and just putting it between the lines and when we do that, good things will happen,” Cossette said. “They rarely strike out, and they’ve got a good mindset at the plate too. It’s fun to watch them succeed. I think Seibert’s 15 home runs for the season … it’s pretty impressive at that age.”

Williams walked, and after Landis singled to right-center, he and courtesy runner Brady Cossette both scored on Chance Montgomery’s RBI double.

Seibert’s RBI base hit, followed by Williams’ two-run single, in the third made it 13-0 and then Martin’s RBI knock in the fourth completed the Phillies’ scoring.

 

 

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