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Berlin, Maryland was down to its final three outs to keep its season alive. For Keystone, just three outs stood between them and a trip to the Junior League Baseball World Series. Keystone did its job, preventing Berlin from mounting any sort of rally, and held on for a close 3-2 win to win the Eastern Regional championship and secure a spot in Taylor, Michigan, for the World Series.

The Junior League Baseball World Series is scheduled for Aug. 14-21 in Taylor, Michigan. Keystone will play Monday, Aug. 15, at 2 pm against the winner of the Southeast/Central game.

The Junior League Baseball World Series championship game will be played on Sunday, Aug. 21, at noon and is broadcast on ESPN2. All the World Series games prior to the championship can be streamed on ESPN+.

Keystone didn’t waste time getting runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting two runners on in their first two at bats as Darius Shade and Blake Walker with consecutive singles. It was then Probst who crushed a double to the left-field fence which brought in Shade and put Keystone back ahead by two runs, 3-1, before Berlin forced two outs to end inning.

Daylen Linton quickly helped cut the deficit with a home run to left for a 3-2 deficit to leadoff the top of the sixth inning before three straight outs ended the inning and kept it a one-run game. But that would be the closest Berlin came to possibly tying the game or going ahead. Keystone forced a quick three up, three down inning in the seventh to secure the win and berth to the World Series.

Twice Berlin made it a one-run game, and both times Keystone prevented Berlin from shifting momentum away. Berlin scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1 when Brandon Nadeau reached on a single. He was then driven in by Caleb Loring on an RBI single.

Keystone took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and did so with two outs against it. Darius Shade reached on a single before he was out on the next at bat thanks to a fielder’s choice to put a runner on with two outs. An error allowed Watt Probst to reach base and brought in Blake Walker, who reached on a fielder’s choice.

Two walks — Nolan Cross and Aiden Jones — loaded the bases and a shallow single to left field brought in Probst for the second run before Cross was out attempting to head home.

Berlin’s Daylen Linton reached on a shallow single to open the second with an out, but he was stranded at first as a strikeout and infield fly ended the inning. Berlin put a runner in scoring position in the top of the third with runners on first and second with two outs but they were stranded on base.

Keystone’s Jared Bischoff and Austin Frank reached to second and first, respectively, to get into scoring position, but both were left stranded as consecutive fly outs ended the inning and prevented Keystone from adding to its lead.

Berlin, Md. 000 011 0 – 2 6 1

Keystone 200 010 x – 3 7 0

Austin Frank, Blake Walker (2), Darius Shade (6) and Watt Probst, Austin Frank (2), Cole Cooper (5), Probst (6). Caleb Loring, Seamus Orth (5), Kenneth Moseley (6) and Brandon Nadeau. W: Walker. L: Loring.

Top Berlin, Md. hitters: Johnny Hobgood 1-2; Caleb Loring 1-3, RBI; Landon Daniel 1-3; Daylen Linton 2-2, HR, RBI, run; Nathaniel Hallman 1-1. Top Keystone hitters: Darius Shade 2-4, run; Blake Walker 1-2, run; Watt Probst 1-2, 2B, RBI, run; Hayes Miller 1-2, RBI; Jared Bischof 1-1; Josh Ludlow 1-2.

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