Keith dazzles as the Dodgers on top of the Twins Sports

Justin Keith revealed why he ace Littlestown on Tuesday night.

Keith bounced the ball and scored the only series in the game that led the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the visitors to New Oxford on Tuesday night at Memorial Field in the South Penn League.

Keith allowed four strokes and one move to go with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He struck at 70 of his 94 fields.

“I knocked on the zone and went ahead in the countdown all night,” said Keith, the Littlestown player-manager. “(Catcher) Curtis (Harman) called a great game behind the plate. We’ve been working together for three years, so he knows I love throwing. “

Derek Huff of New Oxford, who rises to senior classes at the University of Mount St. Mary, matched Keith at the bottom of the sixth when Keith brought out a single in the center to full.

Huff caused a relegation for the first half, and then after Keith took second place, Jacob Crowmer deliberately took a walk.

The shot followed the second out and brought Justin Gladhill to the plate. Gladhill, mostly pitcher and 0-on-2 in the previous bits of the game, got the score in his favor and sent a 2-0 offer down the left field line for a two-bag that covered China.

“I was late with fastball in the previous battle,” Gladhill said. “So (Huff) had no reason not to give it up, and that’s what I was looking for. Utah was throwing a gem and I just wanted to get through and help him win. ”

Keith took the mound in the seventh and planted the Twins to finish with it.

Huff was unlucky for the visitors as he worked out six hard frames, allowing him to perform eight strokes with eight strikeouts and two moves. He threw 102 innings, 69 of them.

“Derek keeps us in every game, and you’d think that winning this team would be enough to win the game,” said Scott McLey, assistant manager of New Oxford. “Pay tribute (to Kit), he broke the ball well today, but we just didn’t hit the ball. We have to make our crime happen, and it will happen. “

New Oxford (1-6) had a few chances to score, but he didn’t take a goal position until there were two outs in those innings. In both the second and third innings, the twins held corners with two away, but Keith bowed both times and did not allow the guest off the board.

“There’s some pressure not to quit running,” Keith said. “I felt it had to be perfect because their guy was also playing a great game.”

Littlestown (6-3) seemed to run in the third half when Jake Sailor hit the ball into the center and scored for JT Wiedermann. However, the Twins filed an appeal, and it was found that they left third base too early and were called to finish the half.

Huff also avoided danger in the fourth when Keith went to start inning, and Sam Wertz singled him out for third. Wertz stole the second, but none went any further, as Huff got the next striker to foul and then ordered a pair of Ks to end the threat.

While Littlestown overcame a slightly slow start with four wins in a row, the Twins are still struggling to find a foothold and dropped four in a row.

“We’ve lost a lot of our vets that we’ve had for a long time over the last few years,” McLey said. “We have good young talents who are still in college or playing in high school, which will give us a boost when they come back.”

Keith and Trent Copenhaver spent eight shots on attack in Littlestown with a pair of shots each.

Meanwhile, Jason Miller’s two punches accounted for half of the Twins total.

The Dodgers return to action when they welcome Cashtown on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Ox is not open until Sunday, when Frederick arrives in town at 1 p.m.

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New Oxford 000 000 0 – 0 4 0

Littlestown 000 001 x – 1 8 1

Derek Huff and Austin Roth; Justin Keith and Curtis Harman. WP: Cat. LP: Huff. SO-BB: Huff 8-2; Cat 11-1. 2B: L-Justin Gladhill.

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