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It didn’t take long for Keystone’s attack to fall into place. After leading by just one run after the first set, Keystone scored another run. Then another. And a few others.

Coming into the second inning, Keystone held a seven-point lead and didn’t look back en route to an 11-3 win over Blue Mountain on Wednesday night to secure a spot in the championship game. section 3 Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.

That six-point second inning proved huge for Keystone.

“The ball was kind of in our court today. We kept applying the pressure and they never really got on that big run,” Keystone manager Ben Falls said. “We homered a big kid on his team, but it was a solo hit. But our children, we played a very well trained game. Everyone made their weight and got away with it.

Keystone beat Blue Mountain, 14-3, and had a ton of production throughout the lineup. A total of nine players recorded at least one hit. Ashton Falls had a mon9ster game going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and scored four times. Luke Nonemaker went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Jaiden McCloskey had a double and Hayes Donley added a home run.

After Keystone led 7-0 in three sets, Keystone scored a run in the top of the fourth to go ahead, 8-0. Blue Mountain responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, then scored twice in the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-3. Keystone responded in the top of the sixth with three more insurance runs to retire.

Kyle Everett, Charlie Ramos, Alex Johnson, Brady Swanger and Gabe Killinger also added singles.

“We knew we had to put the ball in play and hit quality pitches. … We were visitors, so we set the table and went after them throwing because playing these games, you lose, you play tomorrow. You win, you get a day off,” says Falls. “Taking visitors we could put pressure on them and we put pressure right out of the chute and we scored a few points there and they worked a lot of pitchers inside and outside. .”

Both Kyle Everett and Hayes Donley pitched great for Keystone. Everett started and went four innings, striking out five and scattering three hits. Donley picked it up to pitch the final two innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit. In total, Blue Mountain had four hits, but only one — a solo home run — was for an extra hit.

“(Kyle) was where he needed to be, you know? He pitched well and we gave him the ball tonight and said ‘get out there, shut ’em up and get ’em hitting your pitch’. says Falls. “He settled in and didn’t give up too many rides. We kept them from a big sleeve.

While Falls won’t have Everett available to pitch in Friday’s Section 3 Championship, the rest of Keystone’s pitchers will be fresh and ready to pitch, which is huge considering Keystone got an extra day off in winning and avoiding an elimination contest on Thursday.

“As far as pitching, it’s all about having all your pitchers ready to go and obviously we won’t have Kyle, but I have every one of my other pitchers ready to go,” says Falls. “When you play (Wednesday and Thursday), you have to burn the pitches. So it’s very critical.

Keystone 11, Blue Mountain 3

Keystone 160 103 – 11 14 2

Blue Mountain 000 120 – 3 4 2

K. Everett, H. Donley (5) and L. Nonemaker. (Blue Mountain pitchers and catchers not available). W: Everett. S: Donley.

Top Keystone hitters: A. Falls 4-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 runs; L. Nonemaker 3-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; J. mcCloskey 2B; H. Donley HR.



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