REEDSVILLE - Mifflin County only had one big inning against Bald Eagle during the Little League Softball District 5 11- and 12-year-old all-star game, but that was all the locals needed for the 9-8 win.
Trailing 7-0 headed into the bottom of the fourth, Mifflin County put up nine runs for the final lead. The locals worked off pitching from Jade Morningstar and Liv Ahern, plus a triple and double for Ahern, a double from Kloe Price, and multiple-hit efforts from Alyssa Schnell, Ahern, Riley Mitchel and Morningstar.
Big Valley advances to a possible district championship at 6 p.m. Thursday in Reedsville. The locals will host the winner the matchup between Bald Eagle and State College.
District 5, 9- and 10-year-olds
Big Valley 2, Penns Valley 1
PENNS VALLEY - Solid defense and a few clutch defensive moments were the key to the game for Big Valley Monday, when the locals topped Penns Valley 2-1 in District 5 9 and10-year-old all star Little League action.
Trailing 1-0 headed into the bottom of the fifth, Cole Knable got things started for Big Valley when he lead off with a walk. From there, Kaden Milliron singled to center and Knable scored on the misplay for the 1-1 score. Milliron then reached home when teammate Brycen Hassinger plated him on a 4-3 ground out.
Defensively, Big Valley worked off outstanding work from catcher Trey Kibe, who had a throw out at second and also an out at home on an attempted steal. Colby Bodtorf and Eichhorn both had three Ks for Big Valley.
However, one of the most notable defensive plays was in the fifth, when after Penns Valley had already put up one run for the 1-0 lead, Matt Kauffman, Bodtorf and Kibe executed a perfect 7-6-2 relay to throw out Penns Valley's Nathan Lieb for the third out of the inning.
Big Valley will have its next game Friday at 6 p.m. at a location yet to be determined.
District 5, 11- and 12-year-olds
Big Valley 13, Penns Valley 3 (5 innings)
BELLEVILLE - Big Valley's 11- and 12-year-olds took a big win over Penns Valley in District 5 11- and-12-year-old Little League all-star action Monday, defeating the visitors 13-3 in five innings.
The Locals relied on a strong two-inning effort from winning pitcher Drew Westover, plus a nine-run effort in the bottom of the second to seal the victory.
In the second, Brody Kenepp added to his three-hit night with a three-RBI double. Overall, Big Valley had seven hits in the inning.
"We had seven hits in the second inning alone, so we just hit the ball real well that inning," Big Valley coach Shawn Kibe said.
Big Valley will face State College National at 6 p.m. today in Belleville.