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.