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 BY JEFF FALK

 ANNVILLE – Coming into this Lebanon County American Legion Baseball season, Campbelltown had a plan. C-town wanted to take care of its regular-season business, qualify for the circuit’s postseaon and put itself in the best possible position to enjoy success in the playoffs.

 Safe to say that Campbelltown’s plan is right on schedule.

 On a humid Wednesday night at Annville-Cleona High School, Campbelltown clinched a tie for the regular-season title of the West Division with a 5-2 triumph over Annville. C-town worked a little early two-out magic, to back a strong pitching performance from Cameron Dubbs.

 With six regular season games remaining, Campbelltown is 10-1 and holds a six-game lead over second-place Annville. But at 4-7, A-ville is very much alive for the West’s second playoff spot.

 Campbelltown had also beaten Annville 8-0 back on May 31st.

  “For the most part, that eliminated Annville,” said Campbelltown manager Tim Morgan of the regular-season crown. “The playoffs are always our goal. Coach Morgan isn’t going to be around much longer. I know I always tell you that, but I’d like to win one more regional.

 “If they had won, I’m not sure if it really would’ve mattered,” continued Morgan. “They’d have to win them all. I’ve got pitching. That’s what counts.”

  “No one’s challenging them,” said Annville head coach Ken Sauley of Campbelltown. “If we would’ve won tonight, we would’ve been four losses behind them. I don’t know if there’s enough baseball left to play (to catch them).

 “They (Campbelltown) have a deep roster, a deep bench,” Sauley continued. “I don’t have a deep bench. That doesn’t help. I feel like if I had all my players here all the time, we’d be better.”

 Campbelltown opened a 2-0 lead on the strength of a couple of two-out RBIs from five-hole hitter Austin Baal.

 Baal’s first came in the top of the opening inning, after Kasey Shughart had walked and Trevor Binner had singled. In the top of the third inning, Baal’s safety scored Gage Miller, who had walked and moved to second on another Binner hit.

 “We left too many runners on base,” said Morgan. “I wanted them (his players) to be patient with that guy (Annville starter Isaac Good). But he wasn’t throwing two in-a-row. They love that high stuff.”

 “If we didn’t make a couple of mistakes, the game’s probably two-two,” said Sauley. “You can’t make mistakes. Walks and errors killed us tonight.

 “There’s a small margin for error for us every night,” added Sauley. “But our pitching has been pretty solid.”

  Campbelltown upped its lead to 4-0, after loading the bases with nobody out in the top of the fourth. Miller and Binner contributed RBIs, but the key play in the rally may have been Brian Coburn’s bunt single.

 “We should’ve scored a lot more runs,” said Morgan. “You can’t keep leaving guys on base. You’ve got to take advantage of it.

 “Annville’s tough,” Morgan added. “They’re always tough. If we didn’t have a guy (Dubbs) who can throw strikes, we’d be in trouble. You just never know. You’ve got to show up and play.”

 “He just turned 15,” said Sauley of Good. “He got up to 69 pitches. It was four-to-nothing, and I thought, ‘I’m going to yank him.’ I didn’t feel like the way we were hitting, we were going to score a lot of runs.”

  Over his first four innings of work, Dubbs only yielded a Josh Speraw single. But Annville got to him for two runs in the bottom of the fourth, to make it a 4-2 score.

 The big blow – a two-out, two-run single – came from Alec Santiago. It came after Noah Pfautz had walked and Cameron Freeman had singled.

 Dubbs gave way to reliever Shughart to start the bottom of the sixth, but not after fanning seven, walking three and surrendering three hits. Dubbs registered the win and Shughart recorded a save.

 “To be honest, it was a battle out there,” said Morgan. “Dubbs was sliding all over the mound. He pitched from behind in the count and battled through. I thought Shug’ came in and did a great job.”

 “It’s hard to gauge for us,” said Sauley of Dubbs’ effectiveness. “We’re not a good hitting team. It’s just the way it is. He pitched pretty good, but he was just throwing fastballs. The top of our lineup is where we do our damage. But we’re struggling down below.”

 C-town plated its final run in the top of the seventh. Baal stroked his fourth hit of the game, Jake Wagner sacrificed him to second and Thomas Zeigler came off the bench to scorch a pinch-hit. RBI-double.

 “It’s nice to have some time to get ready for the playoffs,” said Morgan. “What we’re going to do is start some other kids and give them a chance to play. We’re going to have fun. We want to get some rest for the playoffs. We want to win one or two more games, rest and get some other kids playing time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Campbelltown Schedule

  Day Date Time   Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Fri 5/31/2019 6:00 pm   W 0-8 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Sun 6/2/2019 6:00 pm   SPD 13-1 Campbelltown   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  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   TBP   Campbelltown   Annville   Annville High School  
  Thu 6/27/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 6/28/2019 8:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Tue 7/2/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 7/5/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2019 Annville Schedule

  Day Date Time   Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Tue 5/28/2019 6:00 pm   W 2-1 Annville   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Fri 5/31/2019 6:00 pm   L 0-8 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Tue 6/4/2019 6:00 pm   L 14-1 Ephrata   Annville   Annville High School  
  Wed 6/12/2019 6:00 pm   L 8-5 Richland   Annville   Annville High School  
  Fri 6/14/2019 6:00 pm   W 6-3 Annville   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Sun 6/16/2019 7:00 pm   L 2-4 Annville   Ephrata   War Memorial Field  
  Mon 6/17/2019 6:00 pm   L 1-0 Myerstown   Annville   Annville High School  
  Tue 6/18/2019 6:00 pm   L 0-1 Annville   Myerstown   Myerstown  
  Mon 6/24/2019 6:00 pm   FFT-W 0-0 5th Ward   Annville   Annville High School  
  Tue 6/25/2019 6:00 pm   W 1-3 Fredericksburg   Annville   Annville High School  
  Wed 6/26/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Annville   Annville High School  
  Fri 6/28/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Annville   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Annville   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Tue 7/2/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Wed 7/3/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Conrad Weiser   Annville   Annville High School  
  Fri 7/5/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Fredericksburg   Annville   Annville High School  
  Mon 7/8/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Annville   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lebanon County American Legion League

 West Division Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Campbelltown 9 1 0 .900 71 17
Annville 4 6 0 .400 5.0 19 41
5th Ward 3 8 0 .273 6.5 23 52
Fredericksburg 2 6 0 .250 6.0 28 33

 East Division Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Ephrata 9 3 0 .750 94 38
Myerstown 8 4 0 .667 1.0 47 43
Richland 4 5 0 .444 3.5 44 66
Conrad Weiser 2 8 0 .200 6.0 13 49

 

 

 

 

 

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