The Shippensburg Little League Junior League All-Stars captured the 2019 District 14 Championship after scoring a come from behind victory over South Middleton Tuesday at Horst field in Greencastle.
They had to earn the title the hard way — battling back to defeat South Middleton in a pair of elimination games Monday and Tuesday, 8-1 and 4-3.
Shippensburg erased an early 1-0 deficit with 5-run fourth inning rally, and received an ace-like performance from starting pitcher Landon Carbaugh in their 8-1 victory Monday.
Thayne Stine opened the floodgates for the Shippensburg offense, tallying an infield single with the bases loaded to plate the tying run. Tucker Chamberlin followed with a walk that drove in the go ahead run.
Chamberlin's patient at bat passed the bases loaded opportunity on to the next batter, Diesel Koser, and Koser delivered – launching a long double into the gap that scored two more runs. Troy Chamberlin kept the rally going, serving an RBI single to left to drive in Shippensburg's fifth run of the inning to give the team a commanding 5-1 lead.
Tucker Chamberlin flexed his muscles an inning later, smashing a three-run bomb over the fence in left to make it 8-1 Shippensburg.
The offensive outburst provided more than enough cushion for Carbaugh, who struck out 6 and allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work on the mound.
Carbaugh's pitch count was the only thing that stopped the lefty from finishing off a complete game victory. Instead, reliever Erby Weller replaced Carbaugh with two outs in the seventh inning and recorded the final out.
Monday's win forced a winner-take-all game between the same two sides Tuesday evening. South Middleton came out the next night ready to go, taking a quick 2-0 lead against Ship starter Tucker Chamberlin in the top of the second inning.
Once again, the gutsy Shippensburg squad fought their way back, scoring three runs on just one hit – an Erby Weller single – in the bottom of the third.
South Middleton answered with a run a half-inning later to tie the score at 3-3, and the score remained tied until the bottom of the sixth.
Diesel Koser started the frame with a single. Logan Perry later advanced him to third, and Kade Rumbaugh reached on a grounder in the hole between first and second to drive in the winning run.
Tucker Chamberlin returned to the mound in the seventh and finished what he started, striking out the side in order to nail down the victory. Chamberlin finished with 11 punchouts.
With a District 14 Title in tow, Shippensburg advances to the Section 7 Tournament, which will be held July 15-19 at Shippensburg Little League’s Ripple Field. Shippensburg plays the winner of Octorara and KAU Little League Tuesday at 6 p.m.