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Keystone 8-10s take Section 3 title

BEECH CREEK- And the beat goes on.
Less then 24 hours from their last appearance on the baseball diamond, the Keystone 8-10 year olds went up against a very tough opponent in Selinsgrove Friday at Beech Creek.
It was a shoot out in Beech Creek as both offenses came to play and when the dust settled it would be Keystone that came out victorious winning 11-9.
Ironically, it would be the “Boys in Blue’s defense and pitching that would clinch the Section 3 title and a trip to state competition.
Keystone finished with 14 hits.
Nate Wian finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored to boost the offense. Wian’s 3-run homer helped spark the team’s offense.
Gardy and Elek Fravel both posted two hits in the contest as well. Gardy scored three times while Elek finished with three RBIs.
Keystone got strong pitching from Kevin Grenninger who went a long four and a third innings.
Brady Myers finished the game out with seven strike outs to pick up the win.
Going into the final inning, the game was tied at nine.
Keystone was the visitors and looking to make some noise in the top of the inning to put the pressure on Selinsgrove.
Burnell led off with single, starting things off with a bang!
Wyatt Kramer moved up Burnell with a sacrifice.
Myers helped his own cause as he blasted a shot into a triple into right, scoring Burnell.
With the lead once again, Keystone added one more insurance run as Cayden Culvey bounced into a RBI fielders choice, upping it to 11-9.
With Myers on the mound, the Selinsgrove bats were dead silent in its final at bats as he struck out 3-of-4 batters to capture the Section 3 title.
“We are rounded. We are a well rounded ball team. Some day it’s been the sticks, the mound has been solid all post season,” Keystone manager Scott Fravel said. Brady Myers shut it down, Grenninger kept us in it. We go into Sunday in a pretty good spot.”
Early on, Keystone opened the game with the first run of the contest.
Gardy Fravel led off the game with a walk and later scored on a long RBI single by Elek Fravel,taking the early advantage.
Selinsgrove took the lead in its part of the first, playing two.
Josh Domeracki opened with a double to right field.
Tucker Teats followed with a walk. Both advanced a base on a wild pitch, putting both runners in scoring position.
Teammates Mark Pastore and Ben Gearhart both bounced into an RBI fielders to give them a 2-1 lead.
Keystone battled back in a big way as it got a 2RBI single from Elek Fravel and a 2RBI double by Nate Wian to take back the lead at 5-2.
However, Selinsgrove refused to go away, scoring two more in the bottom of the inning, cutting the Keystone lead to 5-4.
Keystone got a huge 3-run home run in the third by Wian, extending the Keystone lead to 8-4.
Keystone’s defense held the Selinsgrove offense scoreless in the third.
In the top of the fourth, Keystone added a run, putting them up by five.
But Selinsgrove cut the game to within one when the picked up four runs in the fourth.
In the fifth, it was Selinsgrove that kept the Keystone bats in check.
Selinsgrove was able to muster one last one in the fifth to send the game tied into the final stanza but then Myers took over and led his team to victory and the title.

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