Keystone defeats East Lycoming in District 12 junior baseball tournament

KENNY VARNER/For The Express Keystone's Hunter Donley scores early in a District 12 junior baseball game against East Lycoming on Friday. The Keystone crew outlasted East Lycoming in a marathon contest.

WILLIAMSPORT – In a marathon affair lasting almost three hours, the Keystone junior baseball all-stars defeated East Lycoming 21-10 in a 5-inning contest in a District 12 semifinal.

Keystone advances to face Montgomery on Wednesday in the winners’ bracket final at Montoursville. East Lycoming falls into an elimination game on Monday against GSV at Montoursville.

The first two innings lasted over an hour and a half alone as the two teams combined for 23 runs heading into the third.

Highlighting the Keystone victory was the performance of shortstop Blake Walker, who blasted a two-run blast over the centerfield fence, en route to a night that had him just a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He finished 4 for 5 with six RBIs. Walt Probst also had multiple hits, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Offensively, Keystone finished with nine hits and 11 walks. Quite the patience at the plate for the winners.

Picking up the win for Keystone was Blake Walker.

Despite the early pitchers being wild for Keystone they scattered just six hits throughout. Keystone’s only Achilles’ heel was early walks in the first the allowed Lycoming to pick up nine runs, putting Keystone down by five going into the second.

In the first, Keystone was patient at the plate as they notched four early runs. Cole Cooper led off the game with a walk. He stole second and third on three pitches to Darius Shade, who brought home Cooper as he hit a sacrifice fly to left field, making it 1-0.

Hunter Donely walked.

With one out, Walker got his first hit of the night, blasting a double into the left center gap. Putting runners on first and second. Probst singled to move Donley and Walker up the base paths.

Nolan Cross plated both his teammates with a two-RBI single scoring both Donely and Walker, making it a 3-0 contest. Probst later scored on miscue by East Lycoming.

Things started out rusty for the Keystone juniors, walking six en route to a nine-run Lycoming inning.

However, back rebounded the Keystone juniors as the pounded out a 10-run inning led by the two-run home run by Walker. He also blasted a two-run single later in the inning. Keystone brought 16 batters to the plate in the inning as 10 scored and three were left on base going into the bottom of the second.

From there the Keystone pitching found its groove and its defense played solidly allowing just one run the rest of the contest. Keystone padded its lead as it was able to pull together a three-run fourth and a four-run fifth.

Keystone made the most of the miscues late in the game.

Coming into the game in the fifth was hurler Shade. Shade was impressive in the bottom of the fifth, striking out all three batters he faced.

Quite a quick turnaround in fortune for Keystone as the go into their second contest 1-0.


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