Keystone moves to district final

An one day wait did little to squash the local appeal for fans wanting to see Keystone and Jersey Shore/GSV determine which one will be playing in the District 12 Major Baseball championship.

Keystone once again received a great effort from two pitchers and the offense continued to produce as it upended Jersey Shore/GSV, 14-1, in the winner’s bracket final on Wednesday at Loyalsock’s Bruce Henry Park.

Jersey Shore/GSV will face Loyalsock today at noon in Newberry to determine which team will meet Keystone for the District 12 championship. Loyalsock defeated Montoursville 10-3 to advance into today’s game.

“When you pick up right in the middle of a game, it’s always tough to get back into the saddle,” Keystone coach Jim Corl said. “The kids did a pretty good job doing that tonight.”

Logan Fisher might have to take a little credit for Keystone being jolted back into game mode.

Fisher resumed his second-inning at-bat with a deep drive over the right-field fence.

“That was big,” Jersey Shore/GSV coach John Best said. “In game play, other than practice, that was the first home run Logan hit. That was huge for us. What a great confidence-builder and night for him.”

The jolt appeared to get A.J. Smith ready as he ended the inning with a strikeout against the next batter.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less,” Corl said of Smith’s ability to bounce- back after the home run. “A.J. (Smith) was out there with a smile on his face after that. He understands, and keeps his composure well. He’s been there before and knows he can get the next guy out.”

Keystone entered the winner’s bracket final with 19 home runs in its first three games. That total was pushed to 21 as Mahlik Houtz and Ross Glossner highlighted another round of home runs to end the contest early.

One concern the team has been able to put to rest is pitching.

With the offense shortening all the games, the pitchers haven’t had as much work.

In their last two games, though, the Keystone staff has posted 13 strikeouts and limited the opposition to just two runs on six hits.

Jersey Shore/GSV 010 0- 1 4 5

Keystone 446 X-14 12 0

Cody Coleman, Brady Eck (2), Garrett Hagaman (3) and Aaron Best. A.J. Smith, Troy Gardner (3) and Gardner, Houtz (3). WP-Smith. LP-Coleman.

Top Jersey Shore/GSV hitters: Logan Fisher HR. Top Keystone hitters: Asher Corl 2-3, 2 runs; Gardner 2-2, run; Mahik Houtz 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Smith 2-2, 2 runs, RBI; Ross Glossner HR.

Next: Jersey Shore/GSV vs. Loyalsock winner, noon, today. Keystone will face winner Friday at Volunteer Stadium.