A brilliant pitching performance from Cam Rakaczewski earned Greencastle a spot in the semifinal of the Pennsylvania State Little League Tournament. Greencastle defeated Upper Providence 3-1. Rakaczewski went the distance, allowing just two hits, a bunt single in the second inning and a solo home run from Jalen Bowman in the sixth, walked two and struck out five.. Rakaczewski only threw 61 pitches, 41 for strikes and faced just 22 batters.
Greencastle showed patience at the plate forcing Upper Providence ace Sam Buckley out of the game when he reached the 85 pitch limit after 3 1/3 innings.
Greencastle got a run in the top of the first inning on an Upper Providence error, made it 2-0 in the third on an RBI single by Chase Diller and added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Andrew Weaver to make it 3-0.
Greencastle had six hits, two by Diller and one each from Weaver, Ryder Linn, Bryce Lowery, and Brock Neville.
Greencastle is 12-0 overall in district, section and state tournament play and have outscored opponents 121-29.
Greencastle will play Greater Pittston Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the state semifinal game. Greater Pittston rallied from a 7-2 deficit to defeat host Valley West. 9-7 Sunday night. The winner of the semifinal game will play in the state championship game Thursday. The loser will still be alive, and will play Wednesday for a chance to make the championship game. The state champion will move on to the East Regional in Bristol, CT.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on Mid Penn Broadcasting at 3:45 p.m.