LOCK HAVEN - The merger that formed Mifflin County High School and brought Jack McCurdy to coach the first year of Husky softball stretched one game longer for one Mifflin County player Thursday.
Brandi Sherwood, the hard-hitting, reliable shortstop for the Huskies, was one of three seniors, and six players overall, nominated to the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association District 6 All-Star team. Of the trio of upperclassmen, she was the lone entrant available to take part in the Vision All-Star Game, matching the best of District 6 against a team representing District 4.
District 6 won the game, played at Lock Haven University's Lawrence Field, 4-2. The winners outhit District 4, 11-7.
Sherwood enjoyed the experience, which she compared to her final varsity year, when she was part of a team that featured former opponents.
"It's good. Our teams came together a lot," she said. "I didn't think it was going to work but we're all one big happy family. It's cool that we have this, too."
And, she said, it was nice to play with - not against - some of the players who made her final year more difficult on the diamond.
"It's good to see the different pitchers you face and they're on your team now, and all the different hitters," she said.
The all-star game is played in two five-inning segments. In between, the District 6 team, and district softball hall of fame entrants from both districts, are recognized.
Mifflin County catcher Alessa Morrison and first baseman Jordan Myers were both on hand to join Sherwood for the presentation of players. Also named to the team were seniors Mikala Britt, a pitcher, and outfielder Jess Lamberson. Third baseman Kali Hunter also was nominated.
Only graduated seniors may take part in postseason contests. District 4 does not have an underclass team. To be eligible for the team, the coach must be a member of the association.
Sherwood's day included two defensive assists on 6-3 put outs, a catch for an out, and she was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.
"Not too bad," she said. "It could have been better."