Greencastle Junior Leaguers capture third in the state

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Team members, from left, are: Cody Thompson, Kurt Hansen, Dom Guess, Jesse Beeler, Wayne Kline;       middle — Jake Crist, Justin Hovey, Ryan Ricci, Ashtin Byers, Thomas Bowers; back — coach Karl Hansen, coach Lew Crist, manager Troy Byers. Absent from photo, Matt Montedoro.

Greencastle's Junior League 13-14 all-stars fell two games short of a state championship near Pittsburgh July 27 through Aug. 1.

After winning out in the three-game, four-team east pool, first defeating Council Rock Holland on Thursday by a score of  6-4, then Friday defeating Horsham 5-3 and Saturday beating Greater Wyoming 7-2, Greencastle became the top seed in the east. That clinched a spot into the semifinal round towards the state championship.

Greencastle played host and second seeded west team from Robinson Township Sunday where the winner would advance to the championship game to face the top seed in the west of Montoursville who defeated the East second seed of Horsham.

Greencastle fell to Robinson Township in the bottom of the seventh by a narrow 11-10 score, taking third place in the state of Pennsylvania.

"The boys played their hearts out all summer long in every game,” said manager Troy Byers. “They were not satisfied with a District 14 championship or the Section 7 Championship. They wanted the state title, matching their predecessors in 2007 where the 13-14s won the state championship at this level.

“Although they were pretty much mistake-free throughout the tournament, too many errors in the late innings let Township back in the game. You can always take getting beat by a team that is better than you, but when you know that you are the better team and lose in a game that is this pivotal that's when it’s a heart breaker. All in all they can still hold their heads high. Playing for a state title is a great accomplishment."