The LNP Summer Baseball Tournament, previously known as the New Era Tournament, has been a staple of Summer Fun since 1946.
Under a summer sunset at Kunkle Field, the No. 4 seed Warwick Phillies defeated the No. 2 Manheim Township Streaks 3-0 Friday night, becoming the LNP 12U baseball tournament champions.
Nick Carson pitched a complete-game shutout for the Phillies, in a game that wrapped up in a little over an hour.
Warwick opened the scoring in the first inning, with Cade Breckenmaker hitting a double and stealing a base before scoring on a single from Isaac Smucker.
The Phillies took out the Streaks batters 1-2-3 in both the second and third innings.
Warwick plated two of its runners, Logan Muñoz and Carson, in the bottom of the third.
Tens of thousands have participated in the tournament, including more than 100 players who have gone on to play baseball professionally in some capacity.
Of those, 18 went on to the major leagues – 16 as players, one as a coach and one as an umpire. If you’ve attended tournament games over the years, perhaps you watched some of them play. Here’s the full list:
Bob Duncan – Umpire for six major league games in 1995.
Jeff Rineer – Pitched one inning for the Baltimore Orioles in 1979.
Bill Kirk – Pitched three innings for the Kansas City Athletics in 1961.
Bob Sprout – Pitched four innings for the Los Angeles Angels in 1961.
Nelson Chittum – Pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox, 1958-1960.
Jim Weaver – Pitched for the California Angels, 1967-1968.
Jim Todd – Pitched for the Oakland A’s, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners, 1974-1979.
Matt Watson – Outfielder, was in and out of the majors from 2003-2010, playing for the New York Mets and the Oakland A’s.
John Parrish – Pitcher, spent a decade in and out of the majors from 2000-2010, mostly playing for the Baltimore Orioles.
Don Wert – Third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, 1963-1970.
Mike Sarbaugh – Third base coach / infield coach for the Cleveland Indians, 2013-present.
Jeff Bianchi – Shortstop for the Milwaukee Brewers, 2012-2013.
Travis Jankowski – Outfielder for the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds, 2015-present.
Chris Heisey – Outfielder, in and out of the majors from 2010-2017, playing for Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington.
Cam Gallagher – Catcher for the Kansas City Royals, 2017-present.
Gene Garber – Pitcher for the Pirates, Royals, Phillies and Braves, 1969-1988.
Tom Herr – Second baseman for the Cardinals, Twins, Phillies, Giants and Mets, 1979-1991.
Bruce Sutter – Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves, 1976-1988.