BY JEFF FALK
PALMYRA – Which is more important – more meaningful – an opportunity to play for a Lebanon County American Legion baseball league championship or a trip to the eight-team, double-elimination Region Four tournament? Let’s just say Campbelltown is going to have its cake and eat it too.
On a steamy Friday night at In The Net Sports Complex, Campbelltown earned the right to do both by sweeping Myerstown in a county legion baseball semifinal-playoff doubleheader. Post 831 downed M-town 5-1 in the opener, then posted an 8-1 triumph in the nightcap.
Seven different Post 831 batters drove in runs, as Campbelltown broke open close games in both ends of the twinbill.
With the sweep, Campbelltown, the champion of the West Division and now 17-2, advanced to the Lebanon County American Legion League championship series against East Division champion Ephrata, which completed a similar semifinal sweep of Annville with a 10-0 triumph on Friday. What has yet to be determined is whether the championship series will be a three-game set or a one-game showdown, but either way it will be played/begin Monday at 5:45 p.m. at In The Net.
What is known is that Campbelltown will represent the local legion circuit at the Region Four tournament Ephrata is hosting at War Memorial Field, beginning Friday.
Myerstown concluded its resilient summer at 11-8. Overall, Campbelltown beat Myerstown four times this summer, by a combined margin of 33-3.
“That was the goal,” said Campbelltown head coach Tim Morgan of regionals. “But 17-2, that’s good stuff.
“We’ve been leaving a ton of runners on base,” continued Morgan. “We scored 57 runs in our first four games of the season, then the bats went silent. But I think our pitching and defense can carry us.”