A small storm swept over Mount Joy’s Kunkle Field on Monday evening. The outburst of lightning and strong rain came and went, however, delaying the start of the LNP Junior-Midget Tournament game between Manheim Township and Mountville by a mere 20 minutes.

Rain droplets continued to fall throughout the first few innings, though, making the field a bit soggy and and the air a bit damp. But Blue Streaks second baseman Drew Sassaman didn’t seem to mind the wet conditions — perhaps fitting for someone with the nickname of “Squid.”

The admittedly undersized No. 2 hitter stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth with two runners on base and drilled a two-run double to right-center field. The hit was the difference in Manheim Township’s 6-4 victory.

A Mountville win would’ve given the Angels (35-2) the championship in the double-elimination tournament. Instead, Manheim Township (23-3) forced a winner-take-all rematch for the tourney crown against Mountville back at Kunkle Field at 7 Tuesday night.

“It doesn’t mean anything,” Sassaman said of Monday’s win, “unless we can win Tuesday.”

And about that nickname?

“I don’t know how that came up,” Sassaman said. “I think my dad called me it from a TV show or something.”

Dad was also the one who had prepared his son for Monday’s late-game heroics.

“He says every time you go to the plate in a situation like that, you’ve got to come up there like you’ve done it a hundred times,” Sassaman said. “I was sitting on a changeup. He gave me one up in the zone. I just drove it.”

Manheim Township starting pitcher Ben Shenosky nearly went the distance, tossing 64 of his 97 pitches for strikes over 6.2 innings, striking out five while walking just one, giving up four runs on eight hits. The towering right-hander sat down the first three batters he faced Monday, then ran into trouble each of the next three innings before giving up his final hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, a leadoff solo homer to Christian LaBarbera.

“After that home run I knew they weren’t gonna play dead,” Shenosky said. “I knew I had to keep pitching the way I was at the beginning of the game.”

Then Shenosky set down the next eight batters he faced until he was pulled with two outs in the seventh inning, allowing teammate Dylan King to come in and pick up the save with a strikeout.

Shenosky got the win while also handing Mountville just its second loss of the season — Shenosky was on the losing end the previous two times Manheim Township faced Mountville this summer.

“I pitched against them both games,” Shenosky said. “And knowing their lineup kind of helped, knowing they’re gonna be that aggressive even in the late part of the game.”

Manheim Township jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first on a Dylan King RBI single and scored on a bases-loaded walk. Ryan Flury pushed the advantage to 3-0 in the second inning with an RBI single to the left side.

Mountville cleanup hitter Devin Atkinson may have put a dent in the left field scoreboard with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the second inning. LaBarbera cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third inning with an RBI single to right field.

But Manheim Township answered with a two-out rally in the fourth that plated a run on a Dylan King RBI, then tacked on two more in the fifth thanks to Sassaman.

Manheim Township coach Steve Brubaker said Shenosky started in place of injured pitcher Colin Fitzgerald, who left Friday’s tournament game in the second inning and didn’t return. However, he also said he considers Shenosky, Fitzgerald and pitcher Evan Clark as “1A, 1B, 1C” options in starting pitchers.

Asked if that meant Clark would get the start in Tuesday night’s title game, Brubaker said he wouldn’t reveal his plans just then.

LNP sports reporter John Walk will also be covering Tuesday night's contest. For live updates on the action, follow him on Twitter @JWalkLNP.