Title to Keystone 9-11 after 11-1 win over Montoursville

The Keystone 9-11 All-Stars pose with their District 12 Championship banner on Saturday after beating Montoursville, 11-1. (The Express/Shareik Flowers)

The Keystone 9-11 All-Stars pose with their District 12 Championship banner on Saturday after beating Montoursville, 11-1. (The Express/Shareik Flowers)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – It was another dominant ball game for the Keystone All-Stars (9-11 years old) as the team defeated Montoursville, 11-1, to win the District 12 Championship.

“Brady Myers did a really nice job on the mound, our defense played really well and our bats stayed active,” head coach Scott Fravel said after the win.“Top-to-bottom of the lineup everybody contributed.”

Keystone went unbeaten in the district playoffs and won all four of its matchups in four innings via the 10-run mercy rule.

“The kids are swinging the bats real well right now,” Fravel said. “We were hard in practice on the fundamentals of hitting, hitting the ball back in the middle and picking a good pitch-out. They do a nice job at that, so it’s fun to watch.”

After Montoursville’s Jayden Wilson recorded an RBI double in the opening inning of the game, Keystone’s Nathan Wian responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double deep to center field to even the game at one run apiece. Later in the inning, Elek Fravel sent a long ball over the fence for a three-run home run to extend Keystone’s lead 4-1.

“The ball just came in and I just hit it and it went far,” Elek said.

Keystone totaled six runs in the opening, with five scores before their first out – but it was Elek’s home run that ignited Keystone and stood out to head coach Scott Fravel.

“You want early runs to get some momentum, and then when you mash it 250 feet it’s even a little more exciting,” Fravel said of the home run. “That set the tone for today.”

Keystone added its seventh run of the game in the bottom of the second after a Connor Foltz fielder’s choice RBI. Ensuing runs began pouring in during the fourth inning after back-to-back RBI’s by Cayden Culvey and Kevin Grenninger. Nathan Wian’s bases-loaded two-run double sealed the victory for Keystone as they earned the 11-1 run mercy-rule victory over Montoursville.

“They’ve worked really hard,” Fravel said of his team claiming the district title. “Every practice they come to they work, and work hard.”

Keystone will proceed into sectionals this week, with the opening round likely being held in Beech Creek. If the team can continue its consistency on both sides of the ball, first baseman Elek Fravel believes the team can go deep in the tournament.

“If we just hit the ball and play defense, we’ll win most of the games,” Elek said.

1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E

MT 1 0 0 0 x x 1 2 0

KS 6 1 0 4 x x 11 8 1

NOTABLE HITTERS:

Keystone: Elek Fravel (1 home run with 3 RBI’s and Gavin Burnell (2-for-3 with 1 double and 1 RBI.–

Montoursville: Jayden Wilson (1 hit and 1 RBI).

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