Keystone captures 9-11 district championship in rain shortened game
Going into the major baseball district championship game Friday night, the biggest concern for both teams was not pitchers or even players for that matter.
It was the weather.
The game was pushed back an hour and also stopped early, giving Keystone the 6-4 win in five innings.
Hepburn was up to bat in the sixth inning and even had two runners on with one out but the rain started coming down hard and the game was delayed.
After about 30 minutes of waiting around, the game was officially called and the score went back to the last complete inning, which was the fifth.
Hepburn was able to score first after Cole Dietrich led off with a double and Camden March followed with a single. The ball was then thrown into the outfield on a pickoff attempt and they both came around to score. Keystone then followed that up with its Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters, all reaching on singles. Then back to back walks allowed two runs to score, which tied up the game. A Wyatt Probst fielders choice and a Blake Walker sac fly made it 4-2 after just the second inning. Hepburn would get one back in the third and eventually tied the game in the fifth inning on a two-out single by Luke Naughton.
After an error put a Keystone runner on first, Nolan Cross laid down a nice bunt, which was fielded too quickly and thrown into right field. Keystone scored one run on the bunt then Cross scored on a wild pitch.
With the inconsistent weather yesterday, the game could’ve ended at anytime and once it gets through the fourth inning, the game can be called official.
Unfortunately for Hepburn, it was not able to finish the sixth inning, which ended any chance of a possible comeback win.
Hepburn battled from behind the whole game and it looked as if it were going to do it again. But its other opponent of the night, Mother Nature, had other ideas.
Hepburn Lycoming 4
Hepburn 201 01 — 4
Keystone 040 02 — 6
Persing, Deitrick and Naughton
Probst and Cooper.
WP — Probst. LP — Deitrick
Top Hepburn Hitters: Cole Dietrick 1-2 2B, Luke Naughton 1-3 RBI
Top Keystone Hitters: Alton Counsil 1-1 BB, Jude MacKenzie 1-2, Austin Andrus 1-2,