SELINSGROVE— Roosevelt Trail attempted rally in the sixth, scoring two runs, but just couldn’t overcome the early deficit it found itself in against Orwigsburg Sunday afternoon at East Snyder Park.
The early runs resulted in lead Orwigsburg would be able to hold as it defeated Roosevelt Trail 7-3 during the Section 3 Major Baseball Tournament in Selinsgrove. The loss eliminates Roosevelt Trail, but not before it was able to reach heights higher than any teams from the league over the last 25 years.
“Overall I’m kind of let down,” Roosevelt Trail Manager Chris Norton said. “They fought all year long. You see it there in the last inning. They fight, but this time it was too little too late. I’m proud of them no matter what happened. Not a lot of people make it this far.”
Roosevelt Trail gave up two runs in the opening inning when Sam Walborn opened with a walk and Aiden Grace followed with a single. Ben Keitzer hit a single to help both runners move around the base path.
It was a similar outcome in the third when Orwigsburg pushed its total to four runs. Walborn once again connected with a single and was brought around on a single from Keitzer.
Logan Norton and Isaac Shaffer each hit a single in the third to help get a run back for Roosevelt Trail as it cut into Orwigsburg’s lead. Norton finished with two hits from the lead-off position for Roosevelt Trail.
“I’m very proud of this team,” Chris Norton said. “It’s been 25 years since a team from Roosevelt Trail made it this far in Major Baseball. It was a great accomplishment.”
Shaffer started for Roosevelt Trail and was relieved in the fifth by Kenny Mapes, who caught a line drive in the fourth to end the inning.
“He’s definitely big time,” Norton said. “He’s definitely the heart and soul of the team. He’s everything. Without him we’re not here for sure.”