BY JEFF FALK
EPHRATA – C-Town baseball. It’s more a way of life than a mindset.
It’s selling out defensively, getting the bunt down and picking up a teammmate. But it’s also going out for ice cream, placing a brother ahead of even the game itself and understanding that you’re making memories, even as you’re doing it.
It’s more about action than it is about words.
On a cloudy Tuesday evening at Ephrata’s War Memorial Field, Campbelltown’s American Legion summer baseball season came to an end, with a 6-2 loss to host Post 429, in the next-to-last game of the eight-team, double-elimination Region Four tournament. C-town surrendred three runs in the top of the second inning, then eventually ran out of hitting, pitching and magic.
Yet, it was a memorable summer, none the less. Over the past two months, Campbelltown compiled a 21-4 record – three wins and two losses of which came in the regional event – and captured the championship of the Lebanon County American Legion baseball league.
But it was somehow ironic that the end came at the hands of Ephrata, which Campbelltown had bested for the county title eight days prior. During the regular season, Post 831 and Post 429 had split regular-season road contests.
But on Saturday, Ephrata had handed Campbelltown its worse loss of the summer, 16-3 in the second round of the regional event. After defeating C-Town, Ephrata dropped a 2-0 decision to Dauphin County champion Paxton in Tuesday’s Region Four championship tilt, and finished its season at 23-6.
“It means a whole lot to me,” said C-town head coach Tim Morgan. “It’s the main reason I do this whole thing. We started that years ago. You can’t get it up with ‘Campbelltown’. That’s too long. No, it’s ‘C-town’. The kids love it.”
“Honestly, in high school, it’s uptight,” said C-town centerfielder Kasey Shughart. “You come here, and we love to have fun. We love to play for each other. It’s all about the team. And we love playing for Coach Morgan and all the coaches.”