A fun, exciting summer for the Shippensburg 11 & 12 year-old All-Stars came to an abrupt end with a loss to Greencastle Little League in an elimination game Saturday.
Shippensburg’s bats were quieted by Greencastle pitching, managing just one hit over six frames during a District 14 Tournament elimination bracket semifinal at South Middleton’s Woodcrafter Field.
Ayden Estep provided Shippensburg with their lone hit, stroking a lead off single in the top of the first inning. He made his way around to third but did not score.
Shippensburg only other threat occurred in the third. Bryson Negley reached on an error to lead off the frame, but he was once again left stranded.
Greencastle, meanwhile, struck for an unearned run in the bottom of the second. Three straight defensive miscues led to two more Greencastle runs to start the third, and the fourth batter lifted a home run to center field to blow the game wide open, 5-0.
Greencastle tacked on three more runs in the fourth, and a lead off triple led to an additional run an inning later to arrive at the 9-0 final score.
Shippensburg was charged with seven errors in the contest. Seven of the nine total runs allowed by Shippensburg pitching were unearned.
Right-hander Jack Johnson started for Ship and lasted 2.2 innings. Brady Maciejewski (1.1 IP) and Zach Lebitz (1 IP) pitched in relief.
For Greencastle, the victory was revenge for losing a 3-2 decision to Shippensburg during pool play June 26. Greencastle takes on Northeastern Little League in the final of the District 14 Tournament Monday evening.
Shippensburg wrapped up their more than two week run in the District 14 Tournament with a final record of 4-3.
Manager Ryan Johnson commented: “Youth sports is a really fickle beast. Many people do not want to coach because of parent problems or player issues. That was not the case with our group. We have had for four years now an absolutely great group of parents and kids. We preach positivity, encouragement, and commitment to being a team player and out kids have responded brilliantly. I couldn't possibly be more proud of our boys and the fight they've shown. We win and lose together, which was what we said before every game.”
Walk-off walk sends Ship past Dillsburg
The Shippensburg 11 & 12 year-old All-Stars stayed alive in the District 14 Tournament last Wednesday evening with an exciting win over hosts Dillsburg, 6-5.
Noah Cornett got the Fourth of July fireworks started early, slugging a grand slam to give Shippensburg an early lead, and Landon Feather broke what was later a 5-5 tie with a bases loaded walk in bottom of the sixth to send Shippensburg to a walk-off victory.
The back and forth affair began with the two teams trading runs in the first. Back-to-back hits from Ayden Estep and Eyan Osterman led to an RBI groundout from Justin Horne to tie the score at 1-1.
Dillsburg took a 3-1 in the top of the third inning, only to be overtaken on Cornett's salami a half inning later. Cornett cleared the center field fence with two outs and the bases loaded, scoring Athan Miller, Brady Maciejewski, and Bryson Negley to give Shippensburg a 5-3 edge.
Dillsburg got a home run of their own as they rallied to tie the score in the top of the fifth, and the score remained even until the home half of the sixth.
Justin Horne connected on a one-out single, Miller doubled, and Brady Maciejewski walked ahead Feather, who looked at ball four with a full count to drive in the winning run.
Left-hander Brandon Reinsfelder earned the win in relief, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in three innings. Horne – the Shippensburg starter – allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over the first three frames.
Offensively, Miller finished 2-for-2 with two doubles. Estep (2-for-4) and Osterman (2-for-4) also notched multi-hit games.