Keystone beats Selinsgrove in sectional final
LOCK HAVEN — Keystone junior baseball pitcher Levi Schlesinger was cool under pressure Friday night in the Section 3 championship against Selinsgrove.
Facing a one-out bases-loaded jam, bottom of the seventh, Schlesinger refocused and struck out Selinsgrove’s Sylvan Martin and forced Andrew Gephart to ground out to first, saving the 4-2 win for his team and starting pitcher Gabe Johnson.
“That was a tough spot to come into, obviously. They are a very good hitting baseball team and they got to him so we went out and and got him settled down,” Keystone manager Pat Johnson said. “He went back and did what he does and I’m proud of him.”
Starting pitcher Gabe Johnson had a strong outing on the mound as he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just five hits, one earned run, two total runs and struck out four.
Offensively, Keystone received strong efforts at the plate as it proved to be very patient on offense.
Braylen Corter went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
However, it would be Mason Miller with the big night with a 3 for 4 effort with two singles and a triple.
Colin Simander also had a clutch night at the plate, posting two RBIs after coming off the bench.
Keystone pounded out nine hits on the night.
Taking the loss for Selinsgrove was Jake Anders.
Despite giving up two of the four runs, he also racked up the strikeouts against Keystone, sending down eight batters on strikeouts.
Keystone plated the first run of the game. Corter hustled out a play at first, reaching on an error.
He moved up to second and then third via the stolen base. He later scored on an RBI single by catcher Kelvin Probst.