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Gaston Lil Guy baseball heads to state playoffs

COURTESY PHOTO: PATRICIA GARNER - Gaston Greyhound Lil Guy Baseball includes (back row, left to right): Coach Brian Wilhelm, Jaden Clark, Brandon Clowdus, Johnmichael Garner, Mike Howard, Dylan Tallent, Zaden Wilhelm and Randy Hoodenpyl. Front row, left to right are: Aiden Breidenbach, Tristan Still, Blake Moler, Brenden Wiggins, Jaden Dolan, Luke Brewer, Nathan Beck and Justin Aurthor. Twelve-year-old Johnmichael Garner was on the mound Sunday, June 26, to pitch the Gaston Greyhound Lil Guy Baseball Team to third place in its district at a game in Sherwood.

The Greyhounds beat Banks 10-5. COURTESY PHOTO: PATRICIA GARNER - Pitcher Johnmichael Garner was on the mound for the Greyhounds last Sunday.

Gaston's squad — comprised of boys age 10-12 — beat out a dozen other teams to claim the right to move on to the state playoffs in Lebanon Thursday through Sunday, July 7-10.