Local teams navigate Little League tourneys
The road to Williamsport has begun for communities from all over, including Greencastle-Antrim.
Five teams from the Greencastle-Antrim Baseball Softball Association entered PA District 14 Little League Baseball championships tournaments.
Greencastle hosted the 9-10 pool play also involving Shippensburg, Pen Mar and Newville. Greencastle delivered big in opening play on its home field with a 24-4 final over Shippensburg. Greencastle stayed on a roll with a 17-7 demolition of Pen Mar. Greencastle completed its pool unscathed with a 12-5 win over Newville. Teams in the age group tourney competing in other pools are York, Spring Grove, Hanover, Gettysburg, Carlisle, Dillsburg, Bermudian and South Middleton. In double elimination Greencastle lost 16-0 to Dillsburg, but rebounded to edge South Middleton 7-6. Greencastle was eliminated Tuesday night after an 8-4 loss to York.
The 10-11 pool is being played in Shippensburg with teams entered also including Greencastle, York and Hanover. Greencastle started with a 18-12 decision over Hanover and blanked York, 17-0. Greencastle ended pool play with a 9-4 win over Shippensburg to go 3-0 in the bracket and now begins double elimination play.
Greencastle’s Major (11-12) team engaged in pool play at Pen Mar and advanced to double elimination before being eliminated. Pool play included Newville and Gettysburg. Greencastle opened with a win, a 5-0 shutout of Gettysburg and defeated Newville 3-1 Friday. Shippensburg flexed its muscles with a 15-5 win over Greencastle, which advanced to the double elimination bracket. In that session South Middleton defeated Greencastle 18-4 in the opener and the locals dropped a 14-6 game to Bermudian to end this tournament run.
The Junior League had a battle of its own in Gettysburg, the site of the tournament for the 13-14 age group that features teams from Greencastle, Northeastern, Spring Grove, Gettysburg, York City and Hanover. Greencastle advanced to double elimination play set for July 10 to 13. Greencastle began its schedule with a 9-5 loss to Northeastern before bouncing back to master Hanover 13-1. The team continued pool play with a 9-3 win over Spring Grove before a 13-3 setback to Gettysburg. Greencastle ended pool play on a strong note with a 13-3 win over its own over York City to collect the third seed in double elimination with a 3-2 record.
The Senior League division includes three teams and is double elimination for Greencastle, Gettysburg and host Newville. Greencastle defeated Gettysburg 5-1 to open the event and moved to 2-0 Tuesday by closing the door on Newville by a 5-3 tally.
District 14 champions advance to the Section 7 tournament where they will face the champions from districts 8 (Berks County), 23 (Lancaster County) and 28 (Chester County). Section 7 champions advance to the PA State Championships tournament. Majors (11-12) and older advance to the Mid-Atlantic/Eastern Region tournament and a chance to advance to the World Series.