THE LNP Tournament is a right of passage for many baseball players, who will eventually play in the L-L League for their high school teams.
Tonight, in the 73rd rendition of the tournament, Manheim Township defeated Manheim VFW 6-5 at Kunkle Field in the Junior Midget Division, capturing the title.
The Blue Streaks stole the lead in the fifth inning when Max Proulx singled on a 1-1 count, scoring the game winning run.
Chris Hixson made the play-of-the game with a game saving diving catch in left field.
With the Blue Streaks ahead 6 to 5, and the Lions’ with two runners on and two outs in the top of the 7th inning, Lions’ Logan McGallagher ripped a fastball to left field that was sinking fast. Hixson dived forward and grabbed it for the win.
The Blue Streaks’ Head Coach Todd Heckman had placed Chris in left field before the top of the seventh. He usually plays centerfield.
I asked the head coach what he was thinking, as he watched the sinking line drive with two Lions runners on base. “I was hoping Chris would come up with a good throw.” He didn’t need to.
The Manheim Lions scored two runs in the second inning off of a Parker Cox rocket home run over the left field wall. Then they scored three runs in the third inning as Mason Weaver and Jadon Zimmerman each had RBIs in the frame.
Ryan Flory had a great game at the plate for Township. He went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs off of a double and single off the left field wall. He also scored the tying run on an over thrown ball into left field as he attempted to steal third base.
JT Weaver came on in relief of Ben Shonosky with one out and runners on second and third base, in the top of the 4th inning.
He proceeded to induce two ground outs and the Lions’ threat was over.
Weaver, the winning pitcher, threw 4 shutout innings for the win while striking out 5 and giving up only 1 hit and no walks. Weaver also went 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI.
Interview with Todd Heckman, Blue Streaks Head Coach:
Interview with Max Prouix and JT Weaver:
Interview with Parker Cox who hit a home run: