Fulton County 11-12 Year-Old All-Stars Go 4-0
Fulton County Little League All- stars had a post- season that most leagues can only dream of. Not only did the 9-10-yearold team go 3-0 in tournament play, the 11-12-yearold team recently finished off its season in great style, winning four tournament championships.
In the Everett tournament, the older boys got things started with a 10-0 win over Claysburg. Dylan Gordon threw a no-hitter and struck out eight batters. He also led the way at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. Austin Schriever added an RBI double for Fulton County.
In game two, Chase Novak and Weylin Mitchell combined to throw a onehit game as Fulton County blasted Everett 12-1. Novak and Gordon led the way at the plate with two hits apiece. Gordon homered and had three RBIs, while Novak and Logan Souders each drove in two runs.
In game three, Gordon and Garrison Crouse teamed up to hold Berlin to two hits while striking out nine batters. On offense, Quintin Miller, Novak and Crouse each stroked two hits. Crouse had three RBIs while Miller, Novak and Gordon added two each. Colby Maun also doubled for Fulton County in the effort.
In a rematch with Berlin for the title, Fulton County once again dominated with a 12-2 win. Novak threw a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no earned runs allowed. The boys’ bats were hot from the start. Crouse and Mitchell each homered, driving in four runs. Novak, Gordon, Crouse and Mitchell all had multiple hits. Crouse, Novak and Gordon were selected as tournament co-MVPs.
Week two of tournament play featured the Mildred Fix Memorial Tournament on Ray Koontz Field at Lions Club Park in McConnellsburg. Game one saw Fulton County overpower Path Valley, 16- 0. Crouse, Schriever and Maun combined for a one-hitter with nine strikeouts. Ethan Barclay homered and drove in four runs. Gordon also went deep for Fulton County, while Ben Doyka added an RBI double.
In game two, Fulton County faced a good team from Roaring Springs. Novak and Crouse held the opponents to just three earned runs as Fulton County picked up a 9-5 win. Miller homered twice and had five RBIs to lead the way at the plate. Matthew Huston added an important RBI single for the locals, while Novak delivered two hits.
Game three opponents, The Tri-County Rebels, were a team consisting of all-star players from Hancock, Hagers-town and Berkley Springs. Fulton County came up short in this one, 11-7. Crouse homered and had two RBIs, Souders drove in two runs and Mitchell added two hits for the local team. The Everett team withdrew from the tournament early, so Fulton County was awarded a forfeit.
The semifinals pitted Fulton County against the Chambersburg Renegades, who are traditionally one of the better teams in the area. Gordon took the mound and came up big, allowing only three earned runs while striking out 10. The local team was on fire on offense, pounding out 14 hits. Novak, with three hits, had a double, a home run and four RBIs. Mitchell also added three hits. Cale Harman, Aaron Schepis and Miller each had RBI doubles for Fulton County.
The championship game had Fulton County facing the Tri- County Rebels in a rematch. This time the local all- stars came out swinging. Miller set the tone with a leadoff home run, and the Fulton County all-stars never looked back. Gordon (3 hits), Novak ( 2 hits), Mitchell (2 hits, HR) and Schepis (2 hits, HR, 4 RBI) continued the assault. With a final score of 12-7, the win gave Fulton County the championship. Gordon was awarded the tournament MVP honors.
Week three led the locals to the Mercersburg tournament. In game one, they faced a good Greencastle team. Novak, Schriever and Gordon held the Franklin County team to six hits. The offense, led by Gordon (2 HR, 5 RBI )and Huston (2 hits), had enough to pull off a 9-5 win.
In game two Fulton County beat Waynesboro, 12-6. Miller and Maun held Waynesboro to four earned runs ,with Miller picking up the win. At the plate, Crouse went four for four with a home run and Novak had a grand slam, while Souders and Mitchell also added home runs. Harman contributed to the cause with a double.
In game three Fulton County tore the cover off of the ball in a 27-0 whitewash of the Pen-Mar-B Team. Miller and Novak had three hits each. Gordon had a huge game with three hits, including two home runs and nine RBIs. Schepis stayed hot with a home run and four RBIs. Souders and Barclay each drove in three runs. Winning pitcher Huston combined with Mitchell to strike out seven in the twohit shutout.
Game four found Fulton County taking on the Pen-Mar-A Team. The opponents showed why they are the “A” team. Fulton County scored on an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning. The score stayed that way until Pen- Mar-A scored twice in the fifth inning. Both teams had great pitching and made some good defensive plays. Down to their final at bat, and thanks to great pitching by Gordon and Crouse, Fulton County found itselves trailing by only one run. The offense came through. With one out, Novak lined a single to center. Gordon followed with a base hit to left, and Crouse was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Souders singled to left to tie the score, and Mitchell delivered the game-winning hit with a walkoff single to left for the (3-2) come-from-behind victory.
In the championship game Fulton County once again met Greencastle. In their bid for a third straight championship, the Fulton County bats came alive again. Schepis and Gordon (2 HR each) along with Mitchell (1 HR) led the way. Trey Swope had two hits and scored three runs, while Maun added two singles to the attack. Winning pitcher, Gordon, and Mitchell held the Greencastle bats in check as Fulton County went on to win, 15-5.
“Everybody hits” was the battle cry for the Fulton County team, which took on the nickname of the “Grizzlies.” The theme continued in their fourth and final tournament. Week four found the local all-stars traveling to the Wood Tournament. Game one pitted Fulton County against a Tri-County, Pa., team. Fulton County won this encounter, 18-10, with Maun as the winning pitcher. Crouse blasted two home runs with seven RBIs. Schepis (3 hits, HR), Miller (4 hits), Novak (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Swope (2 hits, 2 RBI) also contributed.
Game two found Fulton County facing a very strong Mount Union team. With one out in the first inning, Novak and Gordon blasted back- to-back home runs. Schriever led off the second inning with a hit to start a four-run inning. Behind the pitching of Crouse, Gordon and Novak (combined 5 hitter, 9 strikeouts), Fulton County went on to win 6-2 and earned a trip to another championship game.
In the championships, the local tam faced Hollidaysburg. The Fulton County “Grizzlies” came out swinging again with five runs in the bottom of the first inning capped by a Swope double. Hollidaysburg tried to rally in the second, but a great defensive play by catcher, Doyka, held them to only two runs. Harman, Doyka and Miller all singled to load the bases. Novak unloaded the bases with a grand slam. Not done yet, Mitchell, Crouse and Souders delivered base hits to load the bases again. Swope drew a walk to drive in a run and keep the bases loaded. Ethan Barclay then stepped up to the plate and blasted a walk-off grand slam to end the game, 14-2. Winning pitcher Novak and Crouse combined for a three-hitter with eight strikeouts.