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In a star-studded lineup, Wyatt Manzel is sort of the unsung hero for the Myerstown American Legion baseball team. Versatile, Manzel is the kind of kid who can play just about anywhere, and he can throw in a timely hit when needed.

He may not be the best player on the team, but don’t underestimate his contributions to Myerstown’s success.

On Wednesday, Manzel played a key role in Myerstown’s 6-5, eight-inning victory over Campbelltown in the undefeated game of the Lebanon County American Legion league’s postseason tournament. The triumph put the regular season champions firmly in the driver’s seat for claiming the playoff title.

In addition to going four-for-four at the plate, Manzel scored the winning run for Myerstown in the bottom of the eighth inning. Manzel singled, stole second, was sacrificed to third and beat the throw to the plate on an infield grounder.

Earlier in the contest, Manzel’s long triple had helped Myerstown pull to within 4-2 of Campbelltown. It was Manzel’s RBI-double in the bottom of the second inning that had given Myerstown a 1-0 edge.

During the spring scholastic season, Manzel served a similar unsung role in Elco’s run to the District Three Class AAAA championship.

  • Jeff Falk

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