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Myers tosses a gem to advance Keystone into the Major Baseball State Championship with 3-1 win

By BRETT R. CROSSLEY For the Webb Weekly BERWICK—Of Keystone’s big four pitchers, Brady Myers was the only one to not post a signature win as his team progressed through each postseason tournament.  Consider Myers’ game Thursday night to be one of those standouts for Keystone. It might even be the best thus far as

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Keystone’s Braylen Corter trots to the dugout moments after hitting a home run to open the Major Baseball State Tournament Winner’s Bracket Final.

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Keystone’s Brady Myers delivers a pitch during the Major Baseball State Tournament Winner’s Bracket Final. Myers struck out 11 batters to help Keystone win 3-1.

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Keystone’s Dallas Alexander makes a catch on a pop up to right field during a Major Baseball State Tournament game.

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Keystone’s Braylen Corter gets up moments after making a diving catch to end the third inning of a State Tournament game against Canonsburg.

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Keystone’s Elek Fravel heads home after hitting a home run in the sixth inning.

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Keystone’s Gabriel Johnson delivers a pitch during the Major Baseball State Championship.

By BRETT R. CROSSLEY

For the Webb Weekly

BERWICK—Of Keystone’s big four pitchers, Brady Myers was the only one to not post a signature win as his team progressed through each postseason tournament. 

Consider Myers’ game Thursday night to be one of those standouts for Keystone. It might even be the best thus far as the stakes continue to get higher. Myers struck out 11 batters and retired 10 straight at one point to help Keystone knock off Canonsburg 3-1 in the Major Baseball State Tournament Winner’s Bracket Championship. 

The win advances Keystone into the Major Baseball State Championship Sunday at 1 p.m. at Berwick. Three teams will sort the rest out to determine which one will get a shot at Keystone Sunday. 

Myers was outstanding, but he did receive some help from his defense. Braylen Corter, who opened the game with a home run, made a diving catch to end the third inning. Myers opened with consecutive strikeouts before a player connected with a what appeared to be a single up the middle. Before most players could even react, Corter was on the ground with the ball. 

“My curveball was working well and I just threw my fastball hard,” Myers said. “The play at short really helped me. I had adrenaline going through my body and that play really helped. I was pumped up.” 

Myers then retired the side in the four and fifth innings to keep Keystone in front by two runs. All six outs were strikeouts as nine of the ten batters retired by Myers through the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings were by way of strikeout. Myers was just that good throughout the game. 

He pitched his way around a jam in the second after Canonsburg recorded its first two hits of the game. With runners on first and second, Myers dug deep and recorded a strikeout to end the inning. 

“He was very zoned in I could tell by his first pitch,” Keystone’s Gardner Fravel, who caught both pitchers all game, said. “It made my job easy, because I knew every pitch was going to be close. He just made it easy on me throwing a lot of strikes.” 

The run support was there for Keystone early as Corter hit a home run to open the game. Along with the diving stop to end the third, Corter had another great day on the diamond for Keystone. 

“He’s just an all around super star,” Keystone manager Patrick Johnson said of Corter. “He’s just a guy who can do anything. He didn’t have his greatest day at the plate, but he made plays defensively and that’s what great players do.” 

The outburst in the first inning was followed by four innings of being limited by the offense. Keystone posted just two hits over the four-inning stretch, stranding three runners and only reaching third once. 

The offense was down, but not out as Elek Fravel came on as a pinch hitter and connected with a home run in the top of the sixth inning. 

The extra cushion helped Keystone as Canonsburg scored a run when Myers walked the first two batters of the sixth inning. He picked up his 11th strikeout to close out his day on the mound. Gabriel Johnson finished the game off with back-to-back strikeouts. 

Keystone 3, Canonsburg 1

KEY 200 001—3 6 0

CAN 000 001—1 4 0

Brady Myers, Gabriel Johnson (6), and Gardner Fravel. Shawn Miller, Mikey Evans (3), and Josiah Gardner. 

WP: Myers. LP: Miller. 

Top Keystone hitters: Braylen Corter 1-4, HR, run, RBI; Elek Fravel 1-1, HR, run, 2 RBI. Top Canonsburg hitters: Shawn Miller 1-2. 

Records: Keystone 3-0. Canonsburg 2-1. 

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