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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LV wins Keystone Scholastic silver

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The Lehigh Valley’s edition in the Keystone State Games Scholastic Division came home with a silver medal from this year’s baseball tournament following an 8-1 loss to West in the tournament finale.

A six-run, sixth inning by West opened the contest up for the eventual gold medal winners, as the Lehigh Valley squad went 3-2 in the tournament.

“Outstanding pitching, great defense, and timely hitting throughout the tournament were the ingredients to our success this year in York,” said head coach Joe Candelmo.

The team finished the tournament outscoring their opponents 23-13, posting a 5-3 win over PHL Metro, where Michael Ettl (Northampton) threw a complete game (seven innings) for the win.

Seth Laky (Northampton) knocked in two RBI, while Robert Church (Bethlehem Catholic) and Ben Serfass (Palmerton) each had RBI’s.

West proved to be Lehigh Valley’s nemesis in the tournament, as they were the only team to beat them, posting a 1-0 shutout in their second game of the format.

Lehigh Valley could only put together three hits in the game, as Adam LeMaster (4.1 innings; Emmaus) and Jake Kraihanzel (1.2 innings; Liberty) threw on the mound.

LVL then came back to post a 15-3 win over Nittany and a 5-0 shutout over Pocono before taking on West in the title game again.

Mason Vogwill (Northwestern) threw all five innings in the mercy-rule win over LVL, as the team belted 14 hits in the game led by Jake Lisicky (Whitehall) going 3-for-3 with two RBI’s. Adam Smith (Parkland) and Jake Haas (Northwestern) each went 2-for-3.

Dylan Lehman (Emmaus) threw six scoreless frames against Pocono and Laky came in for the save in a contest where Brody Boehler (Palmerton) led with two RBI. Will Algard (Parkland) and Adam Mellinger (Parkland) each had an RBI apiece.

The Junior Division team failed to come home with a medal for the first time in five years.

“We [Junior team]struggled hitting the ball right at someone every time we had runners in position throughout the tournament,” said Candelmo.