YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – It was billed as a semi-final settlement between two of the Central State’s best baseball troops, and Red Land and Manheim Central did not disappoint a huge amount at PeoplesBank Park on Monday night.
The two 5As traded defensive gems and allowed just one hit per piece through the first four innings, but a six-run fifth inning helped boost the Patriots to an 8-0 win and a place in the state championship.
Cole Wagner was credited the first RBI in the game after being hit by a breaking ball with the bases loaded. Ethan Phillips followed up with a two-run single and Braden Kolmansberger later cleared the bases to close the breakthrough frame.
Red Land added some insurance in the sixth inning, when Benny Montgomery blew up an RBI triple and later scored on a Wagner sacrificial fly.
The Patriots play for their second straight title Thursday afternoon at Penn State.