His Manheim Township Streaks having posted 17 runs in each of two back-to-back, must-win situations, coach Branden Eckman was asked if his team had this game figured out.

“After Monday night’s first game, I didn’t expect us to be here,” he said with a laugh.

“It was huge, Trey (Eckman) did a lot better tonight. Throughout the year, if you didn’t get on him in the first inning, he pretty much settled in.”

The Streaks bombed their way into the championship round of the 73rd LNP Midget-Midget Tournament on Wednesday night, clubbing the Warwick Phillies, 17-4, in an elimination contest at Mount Joy’s Kunkle Field.

They will meet top-seeded Mountville Friday night at Kunkle in a 7 p.m. start.

A Mountville victory nails down the Indians’ 10th LNP title overall.

A Township victory and the two teams come back Monday for a winner-take all showdown.

Township’s scoring landslide came one night after the Streaks (18-8) eliminated Manheim VFW by the same score.

“There’s nights where you say, ‘Hey, we lost it.’ ” offered Matt Burr, whose Phillies closed the season 23-11-2.

“Tonight Township beat us,” he continued. “And we can respect that.”

Two nights after failing to get out of the first inning, Streaks starter Trey Eckman cranked up a gem, holding Warwick to three hits and two runs over four innings.

He struck out nine while walking four.

“I don’t really know what happened Monday night,” he said. “I just wasn’t hitting my spot.

“Tonight I worked on keeping it low in the strike zone.”

As good as he was toeing the slab, he was even better at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

He waited on a curveball, smoking a two-run shot in the Streaks’ six-run fourth that ricocheted high off the light pole in left-center field.

One inning later, he redirected a first-pitch fastball, sending a grand slam over the fence to the left of the pole and into the night.

“Coming up here to watch my cousins play for L-S, it was always my dream to hit one out of Kunkle,” he said. “My dream came true tonight. Two of ’em.”

The Phillies used some two-out lighting in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead as Trevor Evans and Ethan Zipko (2 for 3, 2 RBIs) hit back-to-back singles.

By the time they found home plate again, though, they were down 17-1.

“Eckman was spot-on today,” Burr said. “In the past, the kids have hit him, and haven’t hit him.”

Wednesday was the latter.

Township took the lead in the third inning on RBI singles from Owen Marks and Ben Connors (3 for 4, 4 RBIs) and Eckman’s RBI double.

Eckman’s two-run shot highlighted a fourth-inning bat-around, plus two.

The slam anchored a bat-around plus four in the fifth.

Both innings took root in the bottom of the Streaks’ order, where Ty Mulholland, Will King and Ryan Turner were a combined 5 for 11 with two walks.

“The (qualifying) series and Monday night against Mountville — an 11-6 Mountville victory — the bottom of the order struggled a little bit,” Branden Eckman said.

“But they really turned it up these last two games, setting the table.”

And now the meal has been prepared.