Glossner stands tall as Keystone’s lone 11-year old

One look at the Keystone Major Baseball All-Stars is all you need to know why they are so good.

Keystone’s players are big, in shape, and look like athletes. And when competing against fellow 11 and 12 year olds, the differences are apparent.

Call it maturity, call it experience, but whatever it is, it’s what has Keystone in the state tournament.

But tucked in the middle of all the size and athleticism is Keystone’s lone 11-year old. And just like the obvious differences between Keystone and the rest of the field, Ross Glossner’s stature is much smaller than his fellow teammates.

But don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s merely a two-inning, one-at-bat kid.

Although shy and soft spoken, Glossner is a constant contributor, who even helps inspire the rest of the team, at times. The rationale being, that if the smallest player on the team can hit home runs and contribute, why shouldn’t the older more experienced players.

“These guys feed off of everybody, especially when you get a young guy like that sparking everybody,” Keystone coach Jim Corl said. “It’s just really big.”

Glossner’s inspirational postseason romp started with a home run in Keystone’s 26-0 thrashing of Williamsport to open the District 12 tournament.

In Keystone’s second win of the postseason, a 21-1, rain-shortened contest against Muncy, Glossner posted four hits in as many attempts. The pint-sized slugger had a double to go with three runs scored and a RBI. Glossner would later add another home run in the the winner’s bracket final against Jersey Shore/GSV.

Once in the Section 3 tournament, Glossner stepped up his contributions, helping Keystone raise another banner.

“He’s not fazed by anything, that’s why we like him so much,” Corl said. “He’s just such a great kid. He just sees the baseball real well for a young guy.”

Glossner’s efforts also provided some comedy for the Keystone fans. In the team’s third game of the tournament, Glossner subbed in and sent the first pitch of his at-bat whistling down the left field line.

Jim Corl immediately sent the runners on base, hoping to turn Glossner’s hit into multiple Keystone runs. When Corl spun around to see where the ball went, he was immediately greeted by the third base ump, who decided the clearly fair ball was foul.

With jaws still wide-open from the call, Glossner made the miss a moot point when he blasted the next pitch over the fence for a three-run home run. He would then repeat the feat during his next plate appearance.

Glossner’s second inning home run in Sunday’s opening game of the State tournament gave Keystone its first two runs.

When asked, Jim Corl referred to the hit as the “biggest” in the game.

It’s hard to argue, too. Glossner’s left field shot sparked a nine-run inning. It also started a stretch of the next six Keystone batters reaching base and scoring.

“He’s really good friends with all the kids, they are a really tight group,” Corl said. “He’s just fits right in.”