The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 2, 2013

Little League: Lewisburg uses five-run inning to down Milton in District 13 Area II Major game


"I really wasn't surprised (with Ramirez) for the reason, he's done it all year," Lewisburg manager Jim Snyder said. "I'm just happy he's doing what he's doing right now."

That fastball served a dual purpose as Ramirez was able to rear back and get himself out of tight situations while also doing so without Milton making contact. Staying in the middle of the zone for much of the game, Ramirez finished with 12 strikeouts to three walks.

"If (Ramirez) keeps throwing like that, we're going to be tough to beat," Snyder said.

Lewisburg gave their ace a lead to work with in the top of the second inning, using timely hits and patience at the plate rather than a long ball.

Working with a five-run lead in the top of the fourth, Ramirez was roughed up for two runs but retired the last three hitters on strikes to avert a Milton rally.

A dropped third strike allowed Brandon Feltham to start the inning on base, as the Milton starter hustled down the first-base line before the throw. Ramirez lost Phillip Davis to a walk, giving Milton its first runner in scoring position.

Dalton Guisewite followed with the lone hit that Ramirez allowed, on a sharply-hit groundball to the right side that found its way through the hole to bring home two runs before Ramirez buckled down.

Showing no ill-effects after losing the shutout, Ramirez went back to work by striking out the first two batters. After a hard-fought walk by Dillon Stokes, Shedleski relieved Ramirez.

Shedleski entered some trouble in the bottom of the sixth, as Milton looked to rally. With runners on third and second, Ramirez snagged a fly ball with his momentum towards home plate, ready to fire the ball home if needed.

With the runners stuck on second and third, Shedleski fired two strikeouts to give Lewisburg the win.

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