If you’re going to beat the champ, you’d better score a knockout.

Trying to win on points won’t cut it.

Manheim VFW couldn’t land the knockout blow Wednesday night, and the defending champion Lititz Oddfellows advanced to the final of the 73rd LNP Midget Baseball Tournament with a 5-4 walkoff victory at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Lititz’s Zach Shertzer, who evened the game in the fifth with a sacrifice fly, doubled home Colby Martin, ripping an 0-1 fastball into right center.

“He threw a curveball,” Shertzer said. “I wasn’t swinging first pitch anyway.

“I expected a fastball, I was hacking. If it was my pitch, I was going after it.”

Martin — who was a perfect 4 for 4 — singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Drew Mummau got Collin Beech to ground out, but Shertzer doubled Martin home, and Lititz into the finals.

Lititz (25-0-1) will meet Strasburg/Willow Street for the title at 7 Thursday night back at the Clip, weather permitting.

Should the game be postponed, the championship will be played at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Millersville University’s stadium.

Behind a combined three-hit shutout by Aaron Snyder and Ryan Guyer, SWS defeated Hempfield Black, 6-0 in the second game of Wednesday’s semifinal twinbill.

Manheim and Lititz played to a 5-5, eight-inning tie in the Lanco School regular season, so it was no surprise that they would pick up where they left off.

The Oddfellows scored a pair in the first inning on Martin’s RBI triple and an RBI single from Beech.

Max Bright’s double to the right-field corner made it a 3-0 game after two innings.

Manheim (14-5-1) got a run back on Drew Mummau’s RBI infield single in the third and took the lead in the fourth with a three-run outburst.

With two out, Curt Kroesen Jr. and Cody Gibble walked. Cole Lastinger ripped a two-run triple off the Whole Foods sign in right-center, tying the game.

Cam Eberly greeted reliever Adam Kurtz with an RBI infield single off third baseman Evan Rohrbach’s glove, giving VFW the lead.

Eberly’s hit was VFW’s third — and last — of the game.

“It’s hard to win that way.We needed a few more clutch hits,” VFW coach Jeff Mummau said. “We knew it would be an uphill battle.”

VFW missed a golden opportunity to win the game in the top of the seventh.

Drew Mummau walked and took third on a two-base pickoff error by Martin, who came on in relief of Adam Kurtz.

With a 2-1 count, Hunter Hess laid down a safety squeeze bunt.

Right in front of the mound.

Martin pounced, threw a strike to Shertzer — starting behind the plate in place of John Seibert, who missed the game.

“We expected him to bunt,” Shertzer said. “We were ready for it. I wanted to make sure I held on to the ball.”

“We knew we were taking a gamble,” said Jeff Mummau, “and I’d do it again.

“He got it down. He just didn’t angle it properly.”

SWS 6, Hempfield Black 0

Hunter Cunningham gave Aaron Snyder all the runs he would need in the first inning, crushing Ty Vaughn’s 1-1 pitch into the picnic area, above the Lapp’s Electric sign for a three-run homer.

“I went up with a gap-to-gap approach,” Cunningham said. “I was looking for an inside fastball and that’s what I got.

“I didn’t know if it was going to hit the wall or not. ”

“We knew it was out,” said Snyder, who enjoyed the luxury of pitching with an early lead.

Snyder helped himself with an RBI single in the second inning and Taso Kovak made it academic, doubling in Derek Eckman and Braedon Karpathios in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Snyder took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Christian LaBarbera broke the spell with a leadoff double.

“I didn’t know I had (a no-hitter), until I heard it in the dugout,” said Snyder. “Which is probably why I lost it.

Luke Fiore singled LaBarbera to third, with no out, but Snyder got Brandon Husted to line to short, struck out Seth Constein and got Nick Fiore on a fly to left.

“My curveball was working,” Snyder said, “and my fastball got the job done when it had to.”

Snyder allowed Alec Santiago’s two-out single in the sixth and hit two batters in the seventh, sandwiched around a fly to center and a strikeout, looking, of Constein.

Constein was Snyder’s last batter, having reached his pitch limit. Guyer came in, walked Nick Fiore, then induced Cole Houser to ground out to short to end the game.