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Keystone 8-10s move on

BEECH CREEK – It was an under the light delight Thursday as Pottstown and Keystone met in the semi finals of Sectional play.
The Keystone 8-10s entered Thursday’s Sectional contest primed and ready to get its bats going.
Though the process was slow, Keystone was able to take home the 14-2 victory.
“Mother Nature” slightly stalled things early on pushing the game against Pottsville over an hour.
After losing the coin toss, Keystone had its offense out on display first.
Pottsville sent Roman DiRenzo to the mound to go up against Keystone hurler Gardy Fravel.
In the “Blue and White’s” first at bats Pottsville was able to hold Keystone to just a walk before shutting them down.
In Pottsville’s first look at the plate it was able crack the games scoreless score as pinch runner Aidan Bierman scored on a bases loaded walk to Kole Becker.
Trailing 1-0, Keystone was hitting ball hard but couldn’t find the holes.
DiRenzo was keeping the Keystone offense at bay early, picking up two strike outs and no hits heading into the third.
Fravel looked strong in his second inning work, sending down the Pottsville down in order.
The bats came out sizzling in the third for Keystone as Cayden Colvey doubled to center to lead things off.
Kevin Grenninger accompanied him on base hustling out an infield single, putting runners on first and second.
Fravel walked to load the bases, setting the stage for Nathan Wian.
Wian hit a high chopper into centerfield scoring Colvey and Greeninger, making it 2-1.
Fravel made it 3-1 after heading for home and scoring on a wild pitch.
Going into the bottom of the inning, Keystone had three run on three hits.
Nathan Wian came in to take over for Fravel in the third.
The defense stood tall in the third as it was able to pick off DiRenzo trying to take advantage of a errant throw back to the pitcher.
Clinching the defensive effort was a Connor Foltz grab that the placed the center fielder up in the air and making an incredible diving catch in the process,
securing the 3-1 advantage.
In the fourth, Dominic Slota doubled in Wyatt Kramer, upping the lead to 4-1.
But they weren’t quite done yet, Gardy Fravel singled in yet another, upping the lead to 5-1.
The Keystone Defense led things once again in the fourth, as it allowed two bunts and held them scoreless for the third consecutive inning.
Gavin Burnell added an insurance run after he blasted a shot to right that brought home Connor Foltz, upping it 6-1.
Pottsville cut into the lead as pinch hitter Aidan Bierman walked to start the inning and then was replaced by pinch runner Mike Stankey. Stankey advanced around the bases and then home via three wild pitches, making it 6-2 going into the final stanza.
In the final stanza, Foltz highlighted the 8-run inning with a 2-run home run, taking a 14-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Also hitting a home run in the inning was Slota who roped a 3-run round tripper.
The lead was too much for Pottsville as it fell to Keystone as the “Big Blue” move on.

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