Jaret Beyer needed just 40 pitches and State College National racked up nine extra-base hits in knocking off Philipsburg-Osceola 10-0 in five innings in a battle of unbeaten teams in the District 5 Little League 11-12 year-old tournament on Tuesday.
National (4-0) advances to the championship round and will await the winner from the loser’s bracket Sunday at Montressor Field. Philipsburg-Osceola (3-1) drops to the loser’s bracket.
“Unbelievable,” was how National coach Jeff Shoemaker described Beyer’s evening. Beyer gave up two hits in the first inning and allowed just one more the rest of the night. “He started mixing up his pitches and then he was unhittable,”
Shoemaker credited an outstanding defense behind Shoemaker, especially third baseman Kevin Karstetter, who made several fine plays.
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“The defense was outrageous,” Shoemaker said. “It was great fundamental defense. They continue to work hard in practice and even with the rainouts it translates on gameday.”
National also delivered big at the plate, belting three home runs and six doubles. In the tournament, National now has 10 home runs from six different players.
“It speaks to the balance of the club,” Shoemaker said. “We’re just trying to put it in play and the ball is going. Coach Scott Pammer has really worked with the hitters and it definitely shows.”
Tyler Gulley got National on the scoreboard with a solo home run in the second inning and State College exploded for five more runs in its next at-bat. Trenton Decker delivered the big blow with a three-run blast, while Karstetter added a solo shot.
Beyer helped his own cause with an RBI double in the fourth and David Shoemaker’s RBI double highlighted a three-run fifth.
Jack Mangene led National’s attack with two doubles and a single. Beyer also had a pair of doubles. Zach Wagner had a double for Philipburg-Osceola.
“Every game we’ve played it’s been someone different,” Jeff Shoemaker said of his team’s play in the double-elimination tournament. “We’ve really preached the team concept and it’s working.”