Chris Hixson said he felt like he was on top of the world.

One week short of his 14th birthday, Manheim Township’s first-year junior-midget outfielder secured the Streaks’ (24-2) position atop the world of the 73rd LNP Tournament J-M championship.

His diving catch of Logan McGallicher’s sinking liner to left field, with two out and two on in the top of the seventh, sealed Township’s 6-5 victory over the Manheim Lions on Thursday night at Mount Joy’s Kunkle Field.

“I really didn’t expect it to come out to me at first,” said Hixson, who had rotated over to left after playing center the first six innings.

“It was a low line drive; I thought it would bounce on the infield,” he said. “Once I saw it taking off in the air ... nothing drops in the outfield. I had to go find it.”

He rushed in, his dive snaring the ball just before it found turf.

Had he missed, the ball likely would have run to the wall — and two runs would have scored, to give the Lions (17-9) the lead once more.

“It’s a game of inches,” Township coach Todd Heckman said.

“It is,” Lions coach Jason Thompson said. “I give my guys credit; they went and battled to the very last possible pitch.”

In a game featuring three lead changes and a tie before Township pulled ahead for good in the fifth inning, the Lions chased Streaks ace Ben Shenosky after three innings.

“I know my guys were certainly ready for him,” Thompson said. “This is the third time we’ve seen him. It’s tough for a pitcher to beat a team three times in one season.”

Heckman said he’d told Shenosky before the game, “They’re too good not to be able to get the bat on the ball.”

Mason Weaver doubled to open the Lions’ second inning, and Parker Cox buried a two-run homer to left, erasing Township’s 1-0 edge.

With Township up 3-2 in the third, Weaver singled in Collin Thompson — who reached on an error — and Connor Rohrer, who doubled.

Jadon Zimmerman hit a looping RBI single to score Weaver and the Lions led 5-3.

J.T. Weaver came on for Shenosky in the fourth. The Lions never touched home again and he picked up the victory.

Weaver allowed two hits in four innings, but also hit three Lions, keeping the game interesting.

With runners on second and third and no out in the fifth, he got two ground outs and a strikeout.

“J.T.’s been our middle reliever all year,” Heckman said. “He’s excelled in that role.”

Weaver allowed he’d been in four, maybe five games this year. This appearance, and result, he said “... feels good. Yeah!”

While the Lions were playing long ball, the Streaks struggled against Lions starter Connor Rohrer.

“We haven’t tore it up this whole tournament,” observed Heckman, whose Streaks hit .224 as a team for the tournament. “But we’ve gotten hits when we’ve needed to.”

They reached Rohrer for four of their six total hits, posting three runs on Weaver’s first-inning RBI hit and Josiah Shaub’s fielder’s choice in the second, followed by Ryan Flury’s RBI single.

Flury (3 for 4, 2 RBIs), who finished with half the Streaks’ hits, doubled in Shaub in the fourth.

“I was just looking for good pitches to drive,” he said. “I found them.”

He then scored the tying run on a stolen base and error.

“Coach called a fake bunt/steal,” said Flury, who pulled into third, then trotted home as the throw sailed into left field.

“We caught them off guard, I think,” Heckman said.

Rohrer walked Fisher Druck and Weaver leading off the fifth, ball four to Weaver triggering his pitch limit.

Collin Thompson came on and got a double play, but Max Proulx singled in Druck with the winning run.

And, in the seventh, Hixson saved the day.

“You just have to battle to the end,” Heckman said. “When you have two teams like this, in a game like this, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”