Keystone-Jersey Shore stopped by rain

Rain halted Tuesday’s District 12 major baseball winner’s bracket final between Keystone and Jersey Shore/GSV Tuesday at Loyalsock’s Bruce Henry Park.

That seems like the only thing capable of stopping the Keystone offense these days.

Keystone continued its offensive rampage, hitting two home runs and scoring four runs in its only at-bat before the game was suspended in the top of the second inning with Keystone leading 4-0. The game resumes Wednesday at Loyalsock and the winner advances to Friday’s district championship at Volunteer Stadium.

Mahlik Houtz and Ross Glossner both hit 2-out, 2-run home runs before the rain came Tuesday, giving Keystone its lead. Keystone has now hit 21 home runs in just over three district games while scoring 76 runs. Keystone has outscored the opposition, 76-2 thus far. Shore/GSV nearly escpaped the first inning unscathed before Houtz lined a home run about 240 feet off the batting cages well beyond dead center field.

After pitcher A.J. Smith singled, Glossner displayed his power, golfing a low pitch over the left-center field fence and putting Keystone up 4-0. Keystone, which has topped 20 runs in all three wins, had four hits in the inning.

Smith was outstanding in 1 2/3 innings, walking just one and striking out four. The was suspended with two outs in the top of the second with Smith up 0-1 on Logan Fisher.