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All District 12 Major Baseball Team Highlights Outstanding Tournament For Area Teams

The District 12 Tournament has come to an end, and Keystone will be representing the District at the next level.

It was an outstanding tournament that saw plenty of good baseball games and players. There were grand slams, masterful pitching performances, and the ultra-rare triple play turned. In the first round of the tournament, Keystone and Williamsport played. Keystone won that matchup, but Williamsport made a run for the ages to return to the Championship. Keystone once again defeated Williamsport to win the Tournament.

Those were some of the highlights. Here’s the list of players that make up the Webb Weekly’s All-Tournament team for District 12:

Catcher: Deacon Brown, Williamsport

Brown broke out late in the tournament but made his impact felt throughout the tail end of Williamsport’s run through the loser’s bracket. Brown, who also caught all six innings in the game, laced a single to the wall and helped score a run during Williamsport’s comeback win over Newberry. From that point on he was one of the most dominant hitters in the tournament. Brown closed out the tournament going 3-for-8 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and eight runs batted in.
Pitchers: Makai Day, Williamsport; Gabriel Johnson, Keystone

Makai Day showed exactly what he was all about during the opening game of the tournament. He tossed five solid innings against Keystone to keep Williamsport in the game. After that, he connected with a game-winning hit against Newberry and continued to be Williamsport’s No. 1 pitcher.

Gabriel Johnson matched Day throughout both games against Williamsport. Johnson was outstanding in the title game, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up just four hits, and leading his team to a 4-2 win over Williamsport.

First: Gavin Allen, Newberry

Gavin Allen stood out throughout the District 12 Tournament in more ways than one. He was an outstanding first baseman, but he was also one of the tallest kids in the tournament. Against Jersey Shore/GSV he connected with two hits and walked three times to help his team pick up an extra-innings win. In the first inning, he drove two runs in with a single to help Newberry get on the board. In the eighth inning, he drew his third walk of the game and later scored to give Newberry a 6-5 win. He was outstanding at first, providing a large target for his fielders. He also came in for pitching duties.

Second: Kaden Rodarmel, Loyalsock

Rodarmel was solid throughout the tournament as he anchored one of the top fielding teams in Loyalsock. Rodarmel had five combined putouts in three separate games against Montgomery, South, and Williamsport. He scored the opening run during Loyalsock’s game against Williamsport after drawing a walk. Against South, he finished with a triple, double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.

Shortstop: Braylen Corter, Keystone

Between the final two games of the tournament for Keystone Corter had 11 putouts. He displayed range and smoothness on the field that most 12-year-olds don’t have. He was also a difficult player to get out. He went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and another five RBsI over Keystone’s final two game of the tournament.

Third: Jaden Wilson, Montoursville

Jaden Wilson held down the hot corner for Montoursville as it navigated its way through the brackets. Wilson played the bunt well and was outstanding at the plate. During Montoursville’s big win over Montgomery, Wilson connected with a home run, hit three runs in, and scored twice himself. He also scored twice and drove a run in during the Winner’s bracket final against Keystone.

Left: Quentin Mazzante, Williamsport

Quentin Mazzante might have been able to qualify for multiple positions for this team. He played wherever his team needed him and always seemed to do it with a smile on his face. He was the constant team player. He scored the tying run in Williamsport’s 4-3 win over Newberry. He also scored runs against Loyalsock and Montoursville and recorded a hit against Keystone in the District 12 Championship game.

Center: Klyher Allis, Williamsport

Allis used his speed to near perfection throughout the tournament. He was a constant threat on the bases and always seemed to be able to get to the ball in centerfield. He pitched for Williamsport and played shortstop. Allis hit a double and scored twice against Loyalsock, but was at his best against East Lycoming. He went five innings, tossing a shutout and helping Williamsport pickup a 3-2 win.

Right: Kevin Grenninger, Keystone

Grenninger was outstanding in the field for Keystone. He was also a player always ready to help. He came on as a pinch runner on multiple occasions to give Keystone an edge on the bases. He scored two runs in the winner’s bracket final against Montoursville.
DH: Niko Rotoli, Montoursville

Rotoli was another player that could have made the team at multiple spots. He was without question one of the top hitters in the tournament. He had a home run during a game against Williamsport, but connected with two on his way to finishing with five RBIs against Montgomery. Rotoli also displayed versatility, coming on to pitch and play first for Montoursville.

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