LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County Little League offense was a sizzling as the July sun itself on Friday night in their opening round of District 5 playoff action.
Not only did the locals hit the 20-run mark but came one shy of 30 trips around the bases, posting a 29-7 victory over Marion Walker in four innings.
Sunday, Mifflin County will be back in action as it hosts the winner of the State College/Four Leaf contest in the four-team unified bracket. The game will be a 6 p.m. start, also at Kish Park.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Mifflin County pitcher Jace Shoemaker, left, attempts to tag out Marion Walker’s Sean Reeder at home after a wild pitch Friday at Kish Park. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
Of the 29 runs scored, Mifflin County rapped out 28 hits in the victory. Highlighting the contest offensively for the home team was a monstorous blast by Jacob Krepps. Krepps blasted a shot deep over the center field fence in the top of the second.
With Jace Shoemaker on the mound, the game was never in jeopardy as he got better as the night went on going 3 1/3 innings in the run-shortened game.
It was exactly what the coaching staff was hoping as Mifflin County took to the field to start the game.
"I was very impressed especially with the pitching. We have been working hard in batting practice every night and the kids have been working hard," Mifflin County coach Josh Snook Sr. said. "They hit the ball well tonight. All of them actually even the minor leaguers we have on the team. They impressed me too. We have a good group of kids and really couldn't ask for anything more."
Marion Walker won the coin toss and decided to be the home team. It made no difference to Mifflin County as the bats started off early, picking up eight runs in the top of the opening frame.
Blane Dickson got the game off and running, poking a leadoff single. Josh Snook Jr. joined Dickson on the base paths with a walk. Hudson First became the first Mifflin County batter to pick up an RBI as he brought home Dickson.
Krepps started off his night with an RBI single as well, knocking in Snook.
Hunter Wagner's patience at the plate loaded the bases as he jumped on first via a walk. Shane Dippery doubled his teams' score, planting a two-run single to increase the lead to 4-0.
With one out, Gage Bishop walked, setting the stage for Dickson's second trip to the plate in the inning.
Dickson didn't disappoint as he sent a blast in the outfield resulting in a triple that plated three more runs. Dickson later scored the eighth and final run of the inning for Mifflin County when he crossed on a Marion Walker miscue.
Trailing 8-0 after just a half an inning, Marion Walker fought its way back into the contest with four of its own, trailing 8-4 when the teams went into the second inning.
Leadoff hitter Aaron Little got the Marion Walker offense going on a single to left field. With one out, teammates Dustin Deitrich and Sean Reeberg reached base on consecutive walks. Rieli Redman got the team on the board roping a two-run single that scored Little and Deitrich.
Reeberg and Redman ran the base paths aggressively, both scoring on wild pitches. But that would be all the threat that Marion Walker would give Mifflin County as the host team scored eight more runs in the second while keeping Marion Walker to just one.
In the final two innings, Mifflin County outscored Marion Walker 13-3 to take home the 29-7 victory.