Greater Vision wins ‘21 Majors title
Blue Rock rallies, scores 5 in sixth
LEWISTOWN — After a heartbreaking defeat in the 2020 Mifflin County Major League Super Series title game a season ago, Greater Vision finally got it championship moment on Monday night under the lights.
Greater Vision methodically built a substantial six-run lead through four innings and another insurance run in sixth put the visitors in good shape entering the final half inning.
Blue Rock put together a valiant rally, scoring five runs in stunning fashion, as a two-run shot by Karl Shirey put the Orioles back within two. Greater Vision’s Carson Cherry kept his composure and shut the door with two outs, striking out the final batter to claim the 2021 league championship, 7-5, at Rec Park’s Frank Pupo Memorial Field.
The Super Series crown came for Greater Vision after falling 6-4 to T&J’s a season ago in the Super Series championship game.
“They battled all year. They worked hard since Day 1 and they really came around,” Greater Vision coach Dave Cherry said. “Last year we came up a little bit short and ended up second in this. This year we started well and finished it.”
Greater Vision kickstarted things in the opening inning as an RBI single to center by Gatlin Kauffman put Greater Vision up 1-0. A two-out rally in the second gave Greater Vision a second run as Jake Knable scored on a throwing error by Blue Rock.
Greater Vision tacked on two more runs in both the third and fourth innings as an RBI infield single by Logan Bickert and a wild pitch made it 4-0 through three. Greater Vision scored its runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Ezra Beamer and an RBI groundout by Shane Moist.
“When we start fast, we play much better,” Cherry said. “Throughout the year we didn’t always start that quickly, but when we do, we do really well.”
Greater Vision’s insurance run in the sixth came as Knable walked to begin the inning. Knable advanced to third on a pick-off error before scoring on an RBI groundout by Carson Cherry.
Blue Rock’s rally began with two outs in the sixth, as Blaze Shreffler reached on an error before the Orioles’ bats got rolling. Chase Krepps singled to third for an RBI single before an RBI single into deep left-center by Parker Feltenberger made it 7-2, Greater Vision.
The rally continued with Thad Gerwick doubling to left to drive in Feltenberger, before Shirey’s two-run shot over the left-field fence brought Blue Rock within striking distance before a strikeout ended the impressive rally.
“I thought that we should have started it earlier in the game,” Blue Rock coach Jason Krepps said. “It was a little too late, I guess. That’s usually how we’ve been all year. We score a lot, and it just didn’t happen soon enough tonight.”
For Greater Vision, just getting that final out was tough, but once the strikeout was recorded, the celebration began.
“We were just trying to finish it,” Cherry said. “We kept thinking we will get this. There was an error, a couple hits and then the home run. It was touchy but we did well. They worked hard every day and they earned it. Siglerville is a really good team. It’s been between them, us and Yeagertown all year. It’s been a good year.”
Greater Vision’s Knable had a multi-hit day going 2-for-3, while Kauffman went 2-for-4. Blue Rock’s Krepps went 2-for-3, Gerwick went 2-for-3 with a double and Shirey went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run.
On the mound Shreffler went two innings and tallied four strikeouts. He gave up no hits for Blue Rock in relief. Greater Vision’s Carson Cherry struck out four in the sixth while Beamer had two punch outs on the mound and Knable had one. Greater Vision’s three pitchers did not walk a batter on the night.
Defensively Knable made the play of the night at shortstop, diving into shallow left field and sprawling out to make an incredible catch for the first out in the fifth inning.
Despite the loss, Krepps was pleased with Blue Rock’s run to the championship and its impressive season.
“It’s been a great year. We went 17-2. Our 12-year-olds are leaving, and they really wanted to win, but it was a good season,” Krepps said.