Berlin, Md., had its final three outs to keep its season alive. For Keystone, there were just three outs between them and a trip to the Junior League Baseball World Series. Keystone did its job, preventing Berlin from mounting any kind of rally, and held on for a 3-2 victory Tuesday in Freehold Township, New Jersey, to win the East Regional championship and clinch a berth in Taylor, Michigan, for the World Series.
The Junior League Baseball World Series is scheduled for August 14-21 in Taylor, Michigan. Keystone will play the winner of the Southeast/Central game on Monday, August 15 at 2 p.m.
The Junior League Baseball World Series championship game will be played on Sunday, August 21 at noon and airs on ESPN2. All World Series games leading up to the championship can be streamed on ESPN+.
Keystone wasted no time getting runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting two runners on in its first two at-bats as Darius Shade and Blake Walker hit back-to-back singles. It was then Probst who crushed a double to the left-field fence that brought in Shade and put Keystone back ahead by two runs, 3-1, before Berlin forced two outs in the bottom of the inning.
Daylen Linton quickly helped cut the deficit with a home run to left for a 3-2 deficit to lead off the top of the sixth inning before three straight outs ended the inning and kept it a game a career But that would be the closest Berlin would come to tying the game or going ahead. Keystone forced a quick three-and-three in the seventh inning to secure the win and a berth in the World Series.
Twice Berlin made it a one-run game, and both times Keystone prevented Berlin from changing momentum. Berlin scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1 when Brandon Nadeau singled. He was then driven in by Caleb Loring with an RBI single.
Keystone jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and did so with two outs against. Darius Shade singled before leading off the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice to put a runner on with two outs. An error allowed Watt Probst to reach base and brought in Blake Walker, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Two walks, Nolan Cross and Aiden Jones, loaded the bases and a shallow single to left field brought in Probst for the second run before Cross attempted to head home.
Berliner Daylen Linton reached with a shallow single to open the second with one out, but was stranded at first when a strikeout and an infield fly ended the inning. Berlin put a runner in scoring position in the top of the third with runners on first and second with two outs, but were stranded on base.
Keystone’s Jared Bischoff and Austin Frank reached second and first, respectively, to put themselves in scoring position, but both were stranded as back-to-back walks ended the inning and prevented Keystone from extending its leadership
Berlin, Md. 000 011 0 – 2 6 1
Keystone 200 010 x – 3 7 0
Austin Frank, Blake Walker (2), Darius Shade (6) and Watt Probst, Austin Frank (2), Cole Cooper (5), Probst (6). Caleb Loring, Seamus Orth (5), Kenneth Moseley (6) and Brandon Nadeau. W: Walker. L: Loring.
Top hitters from Berlin, Md.: Johnny Hobgood 1-2; Caleb Loring 1-3, RBI; Landon Daniel 1-3; Daylen Linton 2-2, HR, RBI, run; Nathaniel Hallman 1-1. Top Keystone hitters: Darius Shade 2-4, run; Blake Walker 1-2, run; Watt Probst 1-2, 2B, RBI, run; Hayes Miller 1-2, RBI; Jared Bischof 1-1; Josh Ludlow 1-2.
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