One night after scoring 10 runs, Penn Manor was back at it Wednesday, when it faced Manheim VFW in an LNP Tournament Midget-Midget bracket elimination game.
Because of that offense, the four runs Manheim scored in the first inning didn't bother Penn Manor at all in the friendly confines of Kunkle Field in Mount Joy.
Penn Manor responded to the early deficit with a pair of seven-run innings, batting around in the third and fifth frames, and defeated Manheim 18-7 in five innings.
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"The intensity, you could hear it in the dugout," Penn Manor coach Kris Beach said. "The kids were just intensified and they really wanted this win.
"Being down four runs early in the game, some teams may give up; these guys fight. They showed that and I can be very proud of these boys. They played a heck of a ballgame."
Taking advantage of 14 walks, Penn Manor also hit the ball hard, smashing 12 hits — six of which went for extra bases.
Beach said there was definitely some carryover from Penn Manor's 10-1 win against Warwick on Tuesday.
"That scoreboard shows that tonight. They are hitting the ball hard, putting it in play," Beach said. "They fed off what happened last night and did not let up at all."
Up next is a meeting with Ephrata, which hasn't lost in the tournament. That game is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at Kunkle Field. Should Penn Manor win Friday, the two teams would meet in a winner-take-all game set for 7 p.m. Monday.
"We've played a lot of baseball in the last few days," Beach said. "These boys have put their heart on the field. I'd love to see them get one day of rest and refocus for Friday night. Ephrata Dragons are a tough team. It's going to be fun."
Trailing 4-1, Hunter Sipel led off the Penn Manor third with a double to left-center. A pair of walks that loaded the bases were followed by a pair of strikeouts. However, two more walks, a throwing error and Isaac Braegelmann's two-run double put Penn Manor up 5-4.
After Q.J. Hanna sprinted home on a wild pitch, Jamison Ford brought in Braegelmann with a single and Ford would score on Spencer Stuart's double.
One inning later, Braegelmann drove in two more with a single. The outfielder finished with five RBIs from his leadoff spot.
"For him to come out and do what he did tonight, shows why he is our leadoff guy," Beach said. "He gets these guys going, getting on base, stealing a bag or two and No. 2 (Ford) and 3 (Sipel) come up and they take care of the rest from there. The whole lineup tonight is on their A game."
Manheim rallied in its half of the fourth, scoring three times, cutting the deficit to 11-7. Ryan Snavely singled to start the inning and three straight walks plated a run. Brady Harbach drove in the other two with his single.
But power put the game away for Penn Manor in the top of the fifth. Stuart led off with a home run over the left-field fence. Grant Fry followed with a double and a pair of walks loaded the bases.
A hit batsman, a walk and Ford's sacrifice fly upped the lead to 15-7, and Sipel finished the flurry by pulling a no-doubt home run over the fence in right.
Catcher Kylen Watson had the big blow in Manheim's four-run first when he drove two home by ripping a double down the first-base line.
Stuart had three hits, while Sipel, Braegelmann and Fry had two each for Penn Manor. Harbach and Blake Zimmerman had two apiece for Manheim.