Ephrata gains top seed as playoffs begin Thursday

By on July 6, 2016
Pitcher Austin Lowery and his Ephrata Chrysler teammates will be looking to win their fifth District 10 title in six years. Photo by Dick Wanner

Pitcher Austin Lowery and his Ephrata Chrysler teammates will be looking to win their fifth District 10 title in six years. Photo by Dick Wanner

The Ephrata Chryslers Post 429 American Legion team has clinched the top seed in the upcoming District 10 Playoffs.

The Chryslers, who were scheduled to close out the regular season Tuesday night at home vs. Conestoga Valley, have earned one of the two first-round byes for the league playoffs, which will be held entirely at Ephrata’s War Memorial Field.

The District 10 playoffs begin Thursday night with a doubleheader (5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.) at the War. In Game One, the #5 seed will face the #4 seed. In the second game, #6 seed Lancaster will face the three seed (either Marietta or Lititz).

The losers of both games will be eliminated.

Saturday, with four teams remaining, the double-elimination portion of the tourney will kick in. The Game Two winner from Thursday will play second-seeded Penn Manor in Game Three, the first of two games that day, beginning at 5 p.m. Top-seeded Ephrata will play Thursday’s Game One winner in Game Four in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

The rest of the tournament schedule is as follows:

Sunday, July 10- (Game 5) Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 5 p.m.; (Game 6) Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, July 11- (Game 7) Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12- (Game 8) Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13 (if necessary)- (Game 9) Game 6 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m.

The winner of the District 10 championship will advance to the Region Four Tournament, hosted by Fayetteville, July 16-20.

This past week in regular season action, Ephrata gained the inside track on the regular season title with a doubleheader sweep of second-place Penn Manor last Thursday at War Memorial.

In Game One, Ephrata overcame a 3-0 deficit with a late explosion that led to an eventual 11-3 victory.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the fifth, the Post 429ers struck for four runs to take the lead for good. The big blow was a two-run double by catcher Justin Carvell.

Tyler Keppley (three hits) and Evan Frees also knocked in runs in the inning as the Chryslers opened up a 6-3 advantage.

Ephrata added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Chase Weik and a sacrifice fly by Carvell. The Chryslers then tacked on three more runs in the seventh to put it away. Keppley had the big blow with a two-run single while Dillon Good delivered a sac fly.

Good pitched six innings, striking out seven and walking one while scattering six hits to get the win. Weik closed it out with a one-two-three seventh.

Game Two was all about pitching as Weik and Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish combined for a 3-0, four-hit shutout.

Weik (5 Ks, 0 BB) allowed just two hits in five scoreless frames before giving way to Fogarty-Harnish (2 Ks, 0 BBs), who earned the save with two innings of scoreless relief.

Ephrata got on the board in the bottom of the second, executing a double steal of second and home as Good scored from third to get his team on the board.

It stayed 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Zach Roberts delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to give Ephrata some breathing room.

Ephrata also split a pair of forfeited games Sunday. CV forfeited a game to the Chryslers, who then forfeited to Lititz later in the day.


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