Ben Shenosky is an imposing figure on the mound for Manheim Township. During Thursday's second day of the 73rd LNP Tournament Junior-Midget bracket, the big righty struck out the first two Manheim Lions hitters.

It was an omen for the entire game at Kunkle Field, as Shenosky went on to strike out nine Lion batters in a masterful 4-0 shutout.

"When he's on, he's tough to beat," Township coach Todd Heckman said. "He pounded the zone and kept us in the game. That's a great team over there, one of the best hitting teams in the league. For him to do what he did is certainly a good game."

The win puts Manheim Township into the Junior-Midget championship game, scheduled for Monday.

Meanwhile, the Lions will face Cocalico in an elimination game at 7 tonight. The winner of that game will need to defeat Manheim Township on both Monday and Tuesday to claim the crown.

Cocalico earned its way to tonight’s game by surviving the elimination game played Thursday, a 14-13 victory over Mountville.

Shenosky allowed only six hits and got all the support he needed in the bottom of the first when Township plated a pair of unearned runs.

After Ryan Flury led off with a double and Shenosky walked, both came home on back-to-back Lion errors.

Of course, when Shenosky allowed base runners, his defense picked him up, including ending both the Lions’ fourth and fifth innings with double plays.

Michael Heckman fielded a ground ball at shortstop, stepped on second and threw to first to end the fourth. Second baseman J.T. Weaver snared a low line drive and nabbed a runner off first to conclude the fifth.

"If you miss a spot, leave it down the middle and they hit it hard, it's great to know your defense can make a play and leave runners there," said Shenosky. "A lot of those double plays did save runs in big situations. I've played with half these guys my whole life and I know they can make some big plays."

"It's a tough field to play on, especially with the lights, but we made some big plays," Todd Heckman said of his squad. "Pitching and defense are our strengths."

Township added insurance runs in the third and fifth innings. Flury walked to start the third and Michael Heckman was hit by a pitch. Shenosky bunted both up a base and Flury scored on hard single by Fisher Druck that made it 3-0.

Two innings later, Michael Heckman reached on a bunt single, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a bunt single by Weaver.

That inning might have been worse if not for the play of Lions shortstop Connor Rohrer, who slid to field a grounder, got up and nailed the batter at first.

The result ruined a fine performance by Lions starter Landon McGallicher, who struck out six in 5.2 innings, prompting Todd Heckman to remark that most nights, McGallicher gets a win.

Cocalico 14, Mountville 13: In the first game of the night, Cocalico scored plenty of runs, but the group from Mountville kept coming back.

The Eagles scored five times in the first, only to have Mountville tie the game. Cocalico added three more in the third, but Mountville answered in the fourth.

Mountville scored three in the fourth to make it 8-all, when Cocalico took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Angstadt's broken bat single plated Nick Spangler with the go-ahead run, Angstadt scored on a Bryce Flinton hit and Flinton came in on a Luke Angstadt single.

Clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth inning, the Eagles added three runs on only one hit, plus with some gutsy baserunning, and had a 14-10 advantage heading to the seventh inning.

Those runs proved to be huge as Mountville's Ethan Smith blasted a two-run homer over the fence in left and Marcus Rivera drove in a run with his second double of the game.

Mountville loaded the bases before Eagles reliever Alex Hostetter got a game-ending strikeout.