HOWARD - After scoring 11 runs against Mount Union Tuesday, the Mifflin County Section 4 11-12-year old softball all-stars were back on the scoring trail against New Bethlehem Thursday.
But this time the eyes were focused on pitcher Laiken Turner.
Turner pitched five innings of no-hit softball in a 10-0, five-inning win over New Bethlehem to advance to the title game in Section 4. That game will feature Mifflin County against today's New Bethlehem-Mount Union winner Saturday at 1 p.m.
Turner went the distance and struck out six batters while allowing only three baserunners the entire game.
At the plate for Mifflin County, Turner had a three-hit performance while driving in one run. Maddie Amspacker and Hannah Kanagy each had a pair of RBI. Kanagy also doubled.
If Mifflin County wins Saturday it will advance to the state tournament which will be held in State College.
State College National 20, Big Valley 1
STATE COLLEGE - State College National dropped Big Valley, 20-1, in the semifinals of the District 5 10-11-year old tournament Thursday in State College.
This was Big Valley's first loss of the tournament. The locals started the tournament by taking down Mifflin County 7-5 on Saturday.
Big Valley will face the winner of Four Leaf and Penns Valley Saturday at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Winchester, Va. 10, Mifflin County 7
FREDERICK, Md. - Mifflin County's Legion baseball team battled the brutal heat and a strong pitching effort from Winchester, Va. in a 10-7 loss in the wood bat tournament Thursday.
Evan Pupo went 3 for 4 with a triple and a pair of RBI for Mifflin County. Cy Treaster and Isaac Strohecker, who took the loss for the locals, each had two hits. Treaster drove in a pair.
"We came out and scored some two-out runs for a change," Mifflin County coach Larry Wolfe said. "The problem was we got up to a 4-0 lead and then we didn't play well with the lead."
The locals scored four runs in the top of the second to charge out to a 4-0 lead. But Winchester came right back and scored a quartet of its own.
After the teams traded one run in the third, Mifflin County scored another two in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead heading into the later stages of the game.
But a three-run fifth and a two-run sixth from Winchester dropped Mifflin County in its first game of the tournament.
"The kids played better and this was just an all-around better game for us," Wolfe said. "I would have liked to win, but we certainly played better."
Mifflin County plays Mount Airy this afternoon.