Greencastle finishes third at baseball states

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The Greencastle-Antrim Little League 10-11 year-old tournament team finished third at the Little League Inc. Pennsylvania State Championship last week. Team members from left, are: front — Collin Blubaugh, Bailey Parker, Eugene Byers and Griffin Remenick; middle — Kurtis Kline, Matthew Kline, Derek Measell, Sean Walck, Quin Ambeault, Myles Gayman; back — Bob Kline (coach), Larry Kline (manger) and Jamie Gayman (coach). Missing from photo is Casey Hoover.

Greencastle’s entry in the Little League Inc. 10-11-year-olds Tournament completed its season Saturday night with a third-place finish in the state.

Greencastle suffered a 9-4 loss to State College National to finish third in the highest level tournament for the age group.

The local team got off to a rough start allowing four runs in the first and one in the second, but battled back on home runs by Myles Gayman and Bailey Parker and a two-run single later by Gayman to pull within one. State College again put a four-spot up in the top of the sixth to secure the win. They now advance to the championship against Council Rock Newton.

For Greencastle, offensively, Derek Measell collected three hits, followed by Gayman and Parker with two each. Matthew Kline and Quin Ambeault each had one.

Members of the team are Ambeault, Collin Blubaugh, Eugene Byers, Gayman, Casey Hoover, Kurtis Kline, Matthew Kline, Measell, Parker, Griffin Remenick and Sean Walck.

Greencastle started off well at the state tourney Thursday by defeating Keystone 9-4 in the first round game.

Greencastle suffered its first loss Friday, losing to Council Rock 17-5. Council Rock led 1-0 after two innings and scored six runs in the third inning to go up 7-0. Greencastle answered with four runs on a solo home run by Gayman and a three-run homer by Measel to cut the lead to 7-4. Council Rock picked up two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and five more in the sixth. Greencastle was only able to add a solo run in the fifth.

Picking up hits for Greencastle were Byers, Gayman and Parker with two hits each.

In Thursday’s win, Keystone jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second inning. Greencastle answered with four runs in the bottom of second as Parker was hit with a pitch, Measell sacrificed Parker to second and Kurtis Kline followed with a single to load the bases. Walck grounded out scoring Parker and Ambeault hit a two-run homer making it 3-2 Greencastle. Remenick then singled and Byers plated Griffith with an RBI-double making it 4-2.

After Keystone made it 4-3 in the third, Greencastle added another run in the bottom of the inning as Matthew Kline doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball making it 5-3. Keystone added a run in the top of the fourth. Greencastle then exploded for three runs in the bottom of the fourth as Ambeault lead off with a single. Remenick followed with a single and Gayman blasted a three-run homer giving Greencastle an 8-4 lead. Greencastle added another run in the fifth on a passed ball making it 9-4.

Gayman picked up the win going 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight and did not issue a walk. Measall closed it out for Greencastle, recording the final two outs.

Picking up two hits apiece for Greencastle were Parker, Ambeault and Remenick. Byers and Matthew Kline each had a hit, both doubles. Kurtis Kline and Walck each had singles and Gayman with one hit being his three-run homer.