Nate Schon won’t forget his 12th birthday anytime soon.
The starting third baseman and the No. 5 hitter in the Selinsgrove Major Division lineup went 3-for-4 Monday with a two-run home run, five runs scored and four RBIs as Selinsgrove advanced to Thursday’s District 13 Area II championship game with a 26-3 win over Milton at Acorn Park.
Left-handed pitcher Logan Hile struck out seven of the 12 Milton batters he faced while allowing two hits in three innings of work.
Selinsgrove (3-0) sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, which began with back-to-back doubles by Josh Nyland and Ben Hiem for the first run of the game.
Milton (2-1) committed three errors in the inning as Selinsgrove plated six runs in the opening frame.
In the second inning, Selinsgrove scored four times, with two of the runs coming on a Christen Kantz home run.
They sent 17 batters to the plate in the third and scored 12 runs, all of which came with one out.
Eight of the 23 hits for Selinsgrove went for extra bases.
Milton ended the shutout bid with a three-run home run from Billy Ferguson with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
“The kids came out and they got the bats rolling early and we’ve talked to them about that since we’ve been the visitors each time,” Selinsgrove manager Matt Metzger said. “Logan did a real nice job on the mound and Evan (Hoke) came in and finished it off for us. It was a real nice effort offensively and defensively.”
Hile threw just 44 pitches in his three innings.
“He’s obviously a very good and dominant pitcher, and with the way the tournament is, we are going to have to rely on some other arms,” Metzger said. “He’s a strong part of our bullpen, but we are going to need other kids to do the same thing.”
With Selinsgrove up 6-0 and one out in the second, Schon hit his two-run home run to left field.
“I got an inside curve ball and I just drove it to left,” Schon said. “We have a strong outfield and our pitching is real deep.”
Despite the lopsided loss, Milton manager Rich Council took some positives from the game.
“We got down a little bit and we just couldn’t weather the storm this time,” he said. “What I was proud of them about is that we did put the bat on Hile more than I have seen all year from our town, and that was a positive note that we can build off of. We’ll get back to work and hopefully get back to the area final.”
Milton will face Mifflinbur on Wednesday in the elimination-bracket final. The winner of that games meets Selinsgrove on Thursday..
Nate Schon won’t forget his 12th birthday anytime soon.
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