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Keystone Games tryouts taking place

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Tryouts for the Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games baseball team are underway and players from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties are encouraged to tryout.

Tryouts will be taking place across the region, all the way through July 15 in preparation for the tournament running from July 27-29 in York, PA.

There are two divisions for the tournament, starting with the junior division, which is open to players from grades 9-10 for the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholastic division is for students entering 11-12 grades for the same academic year.

Both teams have taken home top three finishes each of the last three years, as the junior division team took home gold medals last season, while the scholastic team were bronze medal finishers a year ago.

Ted Plessl, who oversees the coordination for the Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games baseball teams has been involved with the tournament for the past 13 years. He sees the tournament as a great Pennsylvania event that is strictly for PA high school aged players to showcase their baseball skills.

“This allows collegiate scouts to watch and evaluate our players in game situations, as well as in a pretournament showcase,” said Plessl. “What I personally like about the junior division is that my staff and I get a chance to view the future rising stars in the Lehigh Valley.

“Besides the two divisions, the players enjoy the experience. Our players also get the opportunity to practice and play baseball games under a great volunteer coaching staff that has been together for quite some time. This staff is all about teaching the game of baseball through our tryouts and games.”

Tryout dates, locations and times are listed below:

July 8 (Saturday) @ DeSales University @ 9 a.m.

July 9 (Sunday) @ Northampton Community College @ 9 a.m.

July 10 (Monday) @ Laury’s Station (NWT) @ 5:30 PM

July 12 (Wednesday) @ Lehigh Carbon Community College @ 5:30 PM

July 15 (Saturday) @ Northampton Community College @ 9 a.m.

If necessary, due to inclement weather the following dates will be added:

July 16 (Saturday) DeSales University @ 9 a.m.

July 17 (Monday) @ Laury’s Station (NWT) @ 5:30 PM