SPORTS

Greencastle wins Little League Sectional championship, earns state finals berth

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Greencastle’s entry into the 10-11 year old Little League Inc. Tournament captured the Section 7 title Tuesday with a 6-2 win over Solanco. Greencastle then advanced to the State Championship Tournament in Conyngham and Friday opened with a 3-2 win over Aston-Middleton. From left, are: front row — Bailey Parker, Myles Gayman, Matthew Kline, Sean Walck, Kurtis Kline, Derek Measell and Quin Ambeault; back row — Larry Kline (manager), Griffin Remenick, Casey Hoover, Eugene Byers and Bob Kline (coach). Missing from photo is Collin Blubaugh.

Greencastle’s entry into the 10-11 year old Little League Inc. Tournament captured the Section 7 title Tuesday with a 6-2 win over Solanco. Greencastle then advanced to the State Championship Tournament in Conyngham and Friday opened with a 3-2 win over Aston-Middleton. On Saturday the team nipped Mountain Top 6-5 to earn a state finals berth.

As a member of the state final four Greencastle will begin play Thursday in Conyngham. Its first opponent will be the top seed from the west.

All games in the state tournament will be broadcast live on-line at www.klinetours.com

The 3-2 win saw the local team use timely hitting and solid pitching en route. Greencastle scored in the first, third and fifth innings, all driven in by Matthew Kline. In the first, a single plated a run for a 1-0 lead. In the third it was a solo homer that knotted the score and in the fifth another single plated the game winner.

Kline ended up 3-for-3 with all three RBIs of the game. Eugene Byers and Myles Gayman had the team’s only other hits.

From the mound, Gayman scattered four hits in five innings of work for the win. He fanned nine. Derek Measell came on in relief and tossed a perfect sixth for the save.

In the section championship game against Solanco at Quarryville, Greencastle used a well-pitched game by Gayman. Gayman fanned nine in a four-hitter to earn the win.

Timely hitting including a six-inning two-run homerun by Quin Ambeault for insurance. For Greencastle, offensively Matthew Kline and Bailey Parker had two hits each. Also collecting hits were Eugene Byers,  Gayman and Measell.

To clinch its final four berth Greencastle pulled out a 6-5 win over Mountain Top on Saturday with the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Greencastle entered the bottom of the sixth in a 5-5 game when Sean Walck, Quin Ambeault and Griffin Remenick all singled. After a pop out Gayman delivered the game-winning hit.

The big offensive hit was a three-run homer in the bottom of the third by Matthew Kline. For Greencastle, Gayman and Remenick collected two hits each while Measell added a RBI-single.

On the mound Matthew Kline went five innings allowing two earned runs while Measell pitched the sixth to earned the win.

After clinching the state berth Greencastle finished the bracket by being out hit by Council Rock Newtown and suffered a 22-9 loss on Sunday. In an offensive battle in which Greencastle used pitching by committee, the local squad could not hold off Council Rock who pounded out 16 hits including two home runs and five extra base hits.

Greencastle also had three home runs, two by Myles Gayman, who had five RBIs; and a Kurtis Kline three-run homer and four RBIs.

For Greencastle, Byers, Gayman, Bailey Parker, Kurtis Kline and Casey Hoover each collected two hits. Matthew Kline also collected a base hit.

Greencastle’s team consists of Ambeault, Collin Blubaugh, Byers, Gayman, Hoover, Kurtis Kline, Matthew Kline, Measell, Parker, Remenick and Sean Walck.

The state finals will be a double elimination among four teams. The Pa State Championship is the completion of the 10-11 year olds tournament.