SPORTS

11-12 team falls in regional Little League Inc. tournament

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The District 14 Little League Inc. 11-12 champions from Greencastle saw its tournament run come to the end Sunday with an 11-2 loss to Glennmore Eagle in Pennsylvania Section 7 play.

Greencastle, which had captured the district crown a week earlier, fell behind early and never got back on track.

Offensively for Greencastle, Quin Ambeault had three hits. Bailey Parker and Derek Measell each had a pair of hits.

The start of the tournament went well enough. Greencastle opened Section 7 play with a 4-3 win over Glenmore Eagle Friday in Birdsboro.

Gayman had an outstanding pitching performance going , allowing three runs on five hits in five and two-thirds innings. He fanned six to earn the victory. Measell recorded the save by getting the final out.

Greencastle relied on some fine defense and timely hitting to record the victory. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Matthew Kline hit a two-run homer to put Greencastle ahead 2-1. Greencastle struck again in the fourth when Kurtis Kline hit a leadoff pinch-hit solo homerun to increase Greencastle's lead to 3-1. After a walk to Griffin Remenick and a base hit by Austin Branchman, Gayman delivered an RBI single to put Greencastle ahead 4-1.

Glenmore struck in the fifth with a two-run homer to cut Greencastle's lead to 4-3, but the local squad shut down Glenmore in the sixth inning to move into a winner’s bracket game against Solanco Saturday afternoon.

The Saturday game turned into a heart breaker as Greencastle lost for the first time in the Section 7 Tournament, falling to Solanco, 6-5. Trailing 4-3 after five innings, Greencastle rallied for two runs in the sixth inning to go ahead 5-4. Bailey Parker hit a lead off double and eventually scored the tying run on a groundout by Measel. Greencastle added another run on two Solanco errors.

In the bottom of the sixth after two walks with two outs Joe Murray delivered a two-run single just inside the right field foul line to give Solanco the victory.

Offensively for Greencastle, Parker had two doubles and two RBIs. Also collecting hits for Greencastle were Matthew Kline,  Measell and Remenick.

In other youth ball news last week, the 10-11 team from Greencastle defeated Shippensburg, 6-5, and then dropped a 10-9 decision to the squad from the north.  In 9-10 baseball, Avon Grove defeated Greencastle 7-2. In 11-year-old action, Shippensburg bypassed Greencastle 7-5. In the Clarence Boyd Tournament, Greencastle nipped Shippensburg Y, 8-6.