Keystone 50/70 Intermediate opens states with routs

ARCHBALD – Keystone provided another massive performance to encore its 28-run blowout win in the opening round Thursday of the 50/70 Intermediate Little League State Tournament.

Dylan Beach, Asher Corl and Mahlik Houtz combined to give up just three runs, while the offense pounded out 27 hits en route to a 30-3 win over host Valley Little League.

The win moved Keystone to a perfect 2-0 for the tournament after beating Kennett Square KAU, 28-0 in 5 innings in a game finished after rain from Wednesday. It also sets it up for a contest at 5 p.m. later today to face the winner of Nashimany and East Stroudsburg.

Keystone has now scored 58 runs in two games.

Asher Corl, who entered to pitch in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game, went 6-for-6 at the plate. Corl also scored four runs and connected with a two-run home run in the second inning.

“My dad is always going to be barking in my ear, so I really want that first hit,” Corl said with a big smile. “It felt great, because I really wasn’t hitting well in the first game.”

Corl needed just a triple to complete the cycle, but once the game was out of reach Keystone was content to advance one base at a time.

One game after posting three hits and knocking in four runs, Mahik Houtz continued his ridiculous run, banging out six more hits against Valley.

Houtz, who also caught and pitched in the game, hit a double to score two runs in the first. He then recored two more RBI with a home run in the second inning.

“He’s unconscious,” Keystone coach Jim Corl said. “He’s just seeing the ball really well. The whole team is hitting the ball better than they did last year. If that’s even possible.”

Along with scoring 58 runs in just 10 innings of work, Keystone’s offense has recorded 54 hits with eight home runs.

Corl opened the second inning scoring with a two-run home run. Troy Gardner followed with a home run and two batters later Houtz hit a two-run homer.

In the third, Beach, who was Keystone’s starting pitcher, connected with a grand slam.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to pitch against our guys. I don’t know how you get them out,” Jim Corl said. “Even Dylan Beach’s home run was big. He’s kind of the quiet guy who just came on board and hits a grand slam and pitched a couple nice innings.”

Keystone batted through its lineup twice in the fourth inning, scoring 14 more runs.

Keystone 30, Valley 3

Keystone 294 (14)1-30 27 0

Valley 002 1-3 4 3

Dylan Beach, Asher Corl (4), Mahlik Houtz (5), and Asher Corl, Houtz (4), Troy Gardner (5). Brendan Kucharski, Tyler Fofi (2), Justin Gloser (3), Mario Rotelle (4), Bobby Craig (4), Craig Mercanti (4), and Julien Hanicak. WP: Beach. LP: Kucharski.

Top Keystone hitters: Asher Corl 6-6, HR, 2B, 4 runs, 3 RBI; Troy Gardner HR; Mahlike Houtz 6-6, HR, 2B, 4 runs, 5 runs; Tanner Lavelle 4-6, 2B, 4 runs, 2 RBI; Dylan Beach 3-5, HR, 3 runs, 6 RBI. Top Valley hitters: Brendan Kucharski 2-3, 2B.

Tournament records: Keystone 2-0. Valley 0-1.

Next: Keystone vs. East Stroudsburg/Nashimany, Archbald Little League Complex, 5 p.m.

Keystone 28,

Kennett Square KAU 0

Keystone 5(10)6 52-28 27 0

KAU 000 00-0 4 6

Aaron Swartz, Tanner Spangler (3), Troy Gardner (5) and Asher Corl. Ryan Fritz, Taylor Bohn (2), Tommy Patrissi (2), Austin Ahart (4), Sam Lesher (5) and Charlie Sullivan. WP: Swartz. LP: Fritz.

Top Keystone hitters: A.J. Smith 4-5, 2 HR, 4 runs, 6 RBI; Mahlik Houtz 3-5, 2 2B, 5 runs, 4 RBI; Tanner Lavelle 4-5, 2 runs; Brady Eck 4-6, 2B, 2 runs; Aaron Swartz 3-4, HR, 4 runs, 3 RBI. Top KAU hitters: Ryan Fritz 3-3, 2B.