Greencastle advances to PA Little League State Championship game

Kaden Walters pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in Greencastle’s 6-3 semifinal win. (Photo courtesy of Stacey Neville)

CONYGHAM, PA-A three run seventh inning gave Greencastle a 6-3 victory over Greater Pittston Area and a berth in the PA State Championship game. Greencastle will play the winner of the Greater Pittston Area-Upper Providence game on Wednesday. Upper Providence defeated Hepburn-Lycoming 19-0 in three innings Tuesday.Greencastle is the only unbeaten team in the tournament. Greencastle can win the state championship and a berth in the East Regional Tournament in Bristol, CT with a win Thursday or Friday.

Lead off  hitter Andrew Weaver laced a double to left field to start the game, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an error to make it 1-0, Cam Rakaczewski stole second and Ryder Linn followed with a double to give Greencastle a 2-0 lead.

Greater Pittston Area tied it with two runs in the bottom of the first on a two run single by Jacoby Harnen. Greater Pittston Area took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch.

Greencastle came right back to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth when Rakaczewski drew a bases loaded walk.

The defensive play of the game came in the bottom of the fifth with two GPA runners on base, Collin Rusincovitch hit a line drive in the alley in left center field that looked like it was going to split the gap for a two run double, Greencastle center fielder Ayzik Blickenstaff ran it down for the final out to keep the score tied.

The game was tied after the regulation six innings, and Greencastle came up with three runs in the top of the seventh on Manny Brookens RBI double, Collin Flynn followed with an RBI single,  and two batters later Brock Neville  hit an RBI double to make it 6-3.

The bottom of the seventh was not easy and had the large crowed at Whispering Willows Park on the edge of their seat. Two walks, one intentional put the tying runs on base and brought the winning run to the plate with one out.On the first pitch Rusincovit hit a hard ground ball to third, Chase Diller fielded it stepped on third and threw to first for a double play and Greencastle was headed to the state championship game.

Chase Diller started the game and went two innings, Kayden Walters followed with 2 2/3 innings of stellar relief, Walters did not allow a hit, walked three and struck out five. Andrew Weaver closed it out going the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.

Greencastle is now 13-0 in tournament play and have outscored opponents 127-32

Thursday’s championship game will be played Thursday at Whispering Willows Park in Conyngham, PA at 4:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Mid Penn Broadcasting.

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