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 EPHRATA – They’re all swell, well-rounded young men, and today’s society has so many activities to offer. Besides, before we know it, school will be back in session.

 But the Campbelltown American Legion baseball team isn’t ready for the summer to be over yet.

 On a sweltering Sunday evening at Ephrata’s War Memorial Field, Campbelltown emphatically extended its summer season, with a resilient 9-3 triumph over Waynesboro, in the loser’s bracket of the eight-team, double-elimination Region Four baseball tournament. Lebanon County’s champion jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 7-1, then rode the sturdy right arm of starting pitcher Cameron Dubbs.

 Five different C-town batters drove in runs, including five-hole hitter Austin Ball, who collected four RBIs.

  A mere 19 hours removed from a difficult 16-3 loss to host Ephrata and with its backs against the wall, Campbelltown came out swinging and took the fight to Waynesboro. One of four teams still remaining in the event, C-town, now 2-1 in the tournament and 20-3 overall, will look to go even deeper into the summer on Monday at either 5 p.m. or 7 p.m., against Dauphin County champion Paxton, back at ‘The War’.

  Campbelltown is expected to go with Brian Coburn on the mound, and blue uniforms on its back.

 Waynesboro, the champions of Franklin County, concluded its summer at 16-7.

  “I told our guys, ‘Listen, do you want to suck it up and play? Or do you want to hang your heads?'” said Campbelltown head coach Tim Morgan. “I want to keep going here. I told them after the Ephrata game that sometimes things happen, and that tomorrow is another day. Dubbs did a great job, and we always get runs early, which is very important.”

  “We’ve all been playing together around town since we were eight- or nine-years-old,” said catcher Jake Roe, one of Campbelltown’s emotional leaders. “We’re great friends. We’re not ready to say ‘goodbye’ to baseball or each other. It’s (baseball) a passion, and having fun with friends.

 “We have great chemistry on this team,” continued Roe. “We played high school together. This is pretty much the core of our high school varsity team. High school baseball is a little more tight, this is laid back. It’s a matter of just keeping it going. It’s just kind of like playing baseball and hanging out with friends.”

 Kasey Shughart’s hustling infield single and a walk to Gage Miller really got C-town going in the bottom of the first inning. The next batter, Trevor Binner, crushed a triple into the right-center field gap to give Post 831 a 2-0 lead.

 Campbelltown tacked on in the bottom of the second, in the form of Jake Wagner’s suicide squeeze. Wagner’s bunt scored Thomas Zeigler, who had led off with a single and moved to third on Roe’s safety.

 “It started with Binner and Miller,” said Morgan of his side’s proficiency with wood. “We got a bunt down too. You’ve got to do the little stuff. That’s what it takes. These kids have to got to step up when players are missing.”

 “We had the mindset that we wanted to come out of the gates hot,” said Roe. “It was like yesterday (Saturday night) didn’t happen. We wanted to play C-town baseball. We wanted to do the little things right.”

 Up 3-1, Campbelltown broke the game open with four runs in the fourth.

 C-town batted around and received RBIs from Shughart and Miller. But the big blow was Baal’s two-out, two-run triple that pushed the Post 831 advantage to 7-1.

 “There’s no question that we’ve got some momentum,” said Morgan. “All these teams are starting to run out of pitching. I still have pitching. You go with the things that work.

 “Tomorrow I get (Brian) Coburn back,” added Morgan. ‘He’s my ace.”

  “Everybody contributed, from the top of the lineup to the bottom, in different ways,” said Roe. “When one through nine is getting on base, it’s going to contribute to your success. We had a lot of gap-shots today.”

 Dubbs appeared to have a live fastball, and he was making pitches when he needed to most. Before giving way to Shughart to start the top of the seventh, Dubbs surrendered two runs, scattered four hits, struck out five and walked three.

 He yielded an RBI-single to Waynesboro’s Owen McCleaf in the third, before giving up just one run from a bases-loaded-nobody-out situation in the fifth.

  “Yeah, I got more out of Cameron than I thought I would,” said Morgan. “Our intention all along was we wanted to get Shughart in. He (Shughart) throws strikes. Dubbs early on, was behind hitters. You’ve got to get ahead in the count. We let it up to him. When he got out of that bases-loaded jam, that was huge.

  “His (Dubbs’) curveball wasn’t good,” added Morgan. “I told him to throw his fastball. But he threw strikes.”

  “Dubbs came into some pretty tough situations in high school,” said Roe. “I thought he was the perfect pitcher to throw this game today. Maybe he gutted out a couple more innings.

 “He always throws hard,” Roe continued. “He always has good velocity. His key is to keep the ball down, to keep the ball low.”

 It was Baal’s two-run single that made it 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Miller coaxed a one-out walk and Binner followed with a ground-rule double to left.

 “We just tried to keep positive,” said Roe of Saturday’s game with Ephrata. “Negativity wasn’t going to do anything to help us today. We just had to forget about the game with Ephrata.”














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2019 Campbelltown Outcomes

  Day Date Time Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Fri 5/31/2019 6:00 pm W 0-8 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Tue 6/4/2019 7:00 pm W 8-4 Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Fri 6/7/2019 6:00 pm W 16-2 Campbelltown   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Wed 6/12/2019 6:00 pm W 10-1 Campbelltown   Myerstown   Myerstown  
  Tue 6/18/2019 6:00 pm W 0-1 Richland   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Wed 6/19/2019 6:00 pm W 0-10 Myerstown   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 6/21/2019 7:00 pm W 6-5 Campbelltown   Ephrata   War Memorial Field  
  Sun 6/23/2019 6:00 pm L 5-0 Ephrata   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Mon 6/24/2019 6:00 pm W 0-2 Fredericksburg   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Tue 6/25/2019 7:00 pm W 0-10 Conrad Weiser   Campbelltown   In The Net  
  Wed 6/26/2019 6:00 pm W 5-2 Campbelltown   Annville   Annville High School  
  Thu 6/27/2019 6:00 pm W 2-6 5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 6/28/2019 8:00 pm W 7-0 Campbelltown   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm L 5-6 Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Tue 7/2/2019 6:00 pm W 3-4 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Wed 7/10/2019 5:30 pm W 13-1 Campbelltown   5th Ward   In The Net  
  Wed 7/10/2019 6:00 pm W 0-5 5th Ward   Campbelltown   In The Net  


Lebanon County American Legion League
Past Champions
 2019 – Campbelltown
 2018 – Richland
 2017 – Fredericksburg
 2016 – Annville
2015 – Myerstown
2014 – Myerstown
2013 – Campbelltown
2012 – Campbelltown
2011 – Annville
2010 – Campbelltown
2009 — Fredericksburg
2008 — Fredericksburg
2007 — Richland
2006 — Richland
2005 — Richland
2004 — Annville
2003 — Fredericksburg
2002 — Richland
2001 — Fredericksburg
2000 — Fredericksburg
1999 — Fredericksburg
1998 — Palmyra
1997 — Fredericksburg
1996 — Fredericksburg
1995 — Fredericksburg
1994 — Fredericksburg
1993 — Fredericksburg*
1992 — Palmyra
1991 — Palmyra
1990 — Fredericksburg
1989 — Fredericksburg
1988 — Palmyra
1987 — Fredericksburg
1986 — Fredericksburg*
1985 — Myerstown
1984 — Richland
1983 — Lebanon
1982 — Lebanon
1981 — Fredericksburg*
1980 — Richland
1979 — Fredericksburg
1978 — Myerstown
1977 — Fredericksburg
1976 — Fredericksburg
1975 — Myerstown
1974 — Lebanon
1973 — Fredericksburg
1972 — Myerstown*
1971 — Myerstown*
1970 — Annville*
1969 — Annville*
1968 — Myerstown
1967 — Myerstown
1966 — Myerstown
1965 — Myerstown
1964 — Richland
1963 — Lebanon
1962 — Richland
1961 — Richland*
1960 — Not Contested
1959 — Fredericksburg
1958 — Fredericksburg
1957 — Fredericksburg
1956 — Lebanon
1955 — Myerstown
1954 — Jonestown*
1953 — Myerstown
1952 — Palmyra*
1951 — Palmyra
1950 — Palmyra
1949 — Annville
1948 — Myerstown*
1947 — Lebanon
1946 — Myerstown
1945 — Not Contested (World War II)
1944 — Not Contested (World War II)
1943 — Not Contested (World War II)
1942 — Not Contested (World War II)
1941 — Lebanon*
1940 — Myerstown
1939 — Myerstown
1938 — Myerstown*
1937 — Lebanon*
1936 — Lebanon
1935 — Annville
1934 — Annville
1933 — Myerstown
1932 — Lebanon*
1931 — Orioles*
1930 — Fifth Ward
1929 — Progressive
* Denotes regional champions
Note — The 1937 Lebanon squad was the only team from the county to win a state title. The 1981 Fredericksburg, the
1948 Myerstown and the 1938 Myerstown clubs were all state runners-up.

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