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Keystone 8-10 wins district title

MILL HALL – They live to play another day.

With their backs against the wall, the Keystone 10Us went up against Eastern Lycoming.

At stake, with a win Keystone would force a deciding “winner take all” title game but a loss would end the season for them.

With Julian Sample on the mound and the patience of the Keystone offense, the team forced another game, winning in convincing style 13-5 Friday night in Mill Hall.

Sample went the distance in the contest, throwing only 72 pitches and scattered seven hits on only three earned runs. He struck out two.

“Julian pitched an outstanding game. He’s been clutch all this season. He comes in and does his job.” said Keystone coach Cole Hanley. “He’s a great kid. He deserved to have this start today and he deserved to have a good game like he did. I’m very happy for him.”

Patience paid off for the offense as they finished with 13 hits to go with their 13 runs.

Lead off hitter Heath Marino did his job and led the charge with a 4-for-4 effort with four runs.

Carter Frank went 2-for-4 with 3RBIs and 2runs.

Bryon Rote brought the power, blasting a 2-run Homer en route to a 2-for-4 afternoon and 5 RBIs and 2runs.

Eli Shadle was 2-for-2 and landed 3RBIs.

In the first, the kids from Keystone got the scoring off and running as they posted a 4-run first.

Marino led off with a walk.

Frank reached on an error by East Lycoming while Marino motored around from second base to score.

With one out, Rote smoked a single into right field, scoring Frank.

Evan Batterson followed with a single.

Ethan Nestor walked to load the bases.

Shadle smashed a 2RBI single into right field, making it a 4-0 advantage.

Sample and the Keystone defense took over in the bottom of the inning as they allowed just a hit by Everett Shaner.

He threw only nine pitches in the inning.

Things continued to roll for the Keystone offense in the second.

Marino led off the second inning with a single into right centerfield.

Like in the first, Frank again reached on a miscue.

This time Rote would rope a blast into right center, scoring both Marino and Frank, upping the lead to 6-0.

Sample kept the second under control as well, allowing just a hit.

In the third, Keystone added two more runs as Marino and Brad Brungard scored, upping its lead to 8-0.

East Lycoming battled back to plate a run in the bottom of the inning.

But back rallied Keystone as it padded its lead to 11-1 when it got Landon Jones, Trey Lapp and Marino all to cross the plate.

Again, the Lycoming offense added two more runs , cutting it to an 11-3 contest.

But with one crack of the bat in the top of the sixth the game was put on ice.

With Carson Smith on base, Rote blasted a shot deep over the centerfield fence, upping the Keystone lead to a 13-3 contest.

Lycoming didn’t go down without a fight as they managed to score two more runs but it was too little too late as Keystone went onto force another deciding game against Lycoming, winning 13-5.

Keystone 8-10 division won the district title Saturday with a win over East Lycoming. It was the second victory in-a-row in two days to secure the title.

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