Lancaster Major All Stars advance to final four

Lancaster County Little League Major Baseball All Stars from left are (front row) Spencer Camaratta, Javian Monroe, Pearson Long and Tranell Kelley; (next row) coach Welby Saunders, DJ Zeiler, Tyler Rhodes, Ben Pittman, Stuart Hollingsworth, Kelvin Davis, Creston Saunders, coach Carlie Woolard, Taylor Davis, Collin Darrall, manager Stevie Pittman and Josh Woolard.

Spotsylvania American proved to be the stumbling block for Lancaster County Little League’s Major Baseball All Stars two weeks ago in the District 15 tournament.

Lancaster advanced to the final four in the 12-team tournament at Middlesex County Little League sports complex in Locust Hill. Lancaster went 3-2 in the double elimination tournament.

Spotsylvania National won the championship with back-to-back wins over Caroline, 3-2 and 12-7.

Spotsylvania American edged Lancaster, 3-1, in the opening round. Kelvin Davis and Spencer Camarrata pitched in the opening game for Lancaster and Stewart Hollingsworth and DJ Zeiler led at the plate.

Lancaster dropped into the one-loss bracket, where it picked up three wins. Lancaster shut out Essex, 10-0, got by King William, 3-2, and beat Middlesex, 7-3, before facing Spotsylvania American a second time when the Spotsylvania team defeated Lancaster, 3-0, to knock Lancaster out of the tournament.

K. Davis, Taylor Davis and Javian Monroe combined for the shutout of Essex and Tyler Rhodes, Collin Darrall and Tranell Kelley sparked the offense with key hits and bunts, said coach Welby Saunders.

Ben Pittman dominated on the pitcher’s mound in the win over King William. He pitched five innings with Monroe closing. Camarrata had a key hit and run scored with Josh Woolard recording a hit and T. Davis RBIs.

K. Davis, T. Davis and Camarrata all pitched in the win against Middlesex and Creston Saunders hit a grand slam to break the game open in the third.

Zeiler and Monroe pitched in Lancaster’s second game against Spotsylvania American. Pearson Long and Pittman led Lancaster at the plate.