Greencastle 11-12 team captures district crown

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Greencastle catcher Eugene Byers is thrown out at first on a close play in the third inning of Greencastle's 11-1 victory over Shippensburg on Sunday. The win clinched the Division 14 Little League Championship for Greencastle.

The Greencastle-Antrim 11-12 tournament team captured the Little League Inc. District 14 Championship Sunday with a convincing 11-1 win over Shippensburg, its second in as many days. The local team now advances to the PA Sectionals.

Early in the week things looked bleak for the Greencastle team that suffered a loss in the second game of the double elimination tournament. Greencastle then reeled off five wins in a row to claim the District 14 Championship.

In Sunday’s championship game Matthew Kline pitched a gem, holding Shippensburg to just one hit and one unearned run in the four-inning contest. Kline got plenty of support from his teammates who brought out their bats. Greencastle plated four in the bottom of the first on three hits and a Shippensburg error. Shippensburg got their lone run in the top of the second. Greencastle put two more on the board in the bottom of the third.

The local team then erupted for five in the fourth on three consecutive solo home runs by Eugene Byers, Myles Gayman and Kline. A walk to Kurtis Kline and hits by Derek Measell and Griffin Remenick plated two more for the 10-run win.

 For Greencastle, Byers and Matthew Kline each had hits, including solo home runs. Measell added two hits, including a double.

Sectional play will being July 16 in Exeter with a 6 p.m. start. All games can be heard on http://www.klinetours.com/

Greencastle's team consists of Quin Ambeault, Austin Branchman, Eugene Byers, Myles Gayman, Kurtis Kline, Matthew Kline, Derek Measell, Cory Monn, Bailey Parker, Griffin Remenick and Sean Walck. Bob Kline is the coach and Larry Kline is the manager.

Working through the bracket

Greencastle stayed alive Saturday in the double elimination bracket with a 14-12 win over Carlisle in a slugfest. The local team erupted in the top of the first with nine runs with four home runs, two by Gayman to take a big early lead. Matthew Kline and Ambeault also homered in the first.

Shippensburg answered back with three in the first and kept pounding away to eventually tie the ball game at 10-10 after five. Greencastle answered back with four in the top of the sixth with the big blow a three-run home run off the bat of Kurtis Kline. Shippensburg’s rally in the sixth came up two runs short and Greencastle secured the win, 14-12.

Offensively for Greencastle, Gayman tallied three hits including the two dingers. Ambeault had two hits with a homer. Remenick and Branchman each added two hits.

Pitching for Greencastle was by committee of Kurtis Kline, Byers and Ambeault, who got the win on the mound.

Greencastle nipped Carlisle 6-5 Friday to clinch a spot to go for the title. Greencastle took the first lead in the bottom half of the first on five consecutive hits. The big blow was a two-run home run by Gayman. Carlisle responded, scoring two in the second and one in the third to tie the score three-all.

Carlisle then scored in the 5th to take a 5-3 lead. Greencastle answered back in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of solo fence shots by Kline and Ambeault to tie the score at five all. Kline, who came in relief of Measell in the fifth, held Carlisle scoreless for one and two-thirds innings to give Greencastle the opportunity in the sixth. Byers deposited a one-out walkoff home run to give Greencastle the win.

For Greencastle, Ambeault had the hot bat going 3-for-3 with a home run. Byers and Kline each had two hits, including home runs. Branchman and Measell each also had two hits.

En route to the title Greencastle posted a 8-0 win over Dillsburg and a 12-2 victory over South Hanover.

Greencastle erupted for six runs in the third inning and that is all pitcher Gayman needed. Gayman went five and two-thirds innings, striking out seven before giving way to Kline to record the last out.

For Greencastle, Byers and Kline each had two hits.

Against South Hanover Greencastle got a fine pitching performance from Kline, who scattered three hits. The Greencastle bats came alive with Gayman and Kline each homering in the contest. Gayman also recorded two doubles. Kline and Cory Monn each had two hits.

Greencastle suffered its first loss in the double elimination bracket, 6-3 to Carlisle. Byers’ fifth-inning three-run homer was all Greencastle could put on the board. Bailey Parker had two hits.

Greencastle center fielder Derek Measell slides home with the game-clinching run in Greencastle's 11-1, four-inning win over Shippensburg in Sunday's District 14 Little League Championship game.