BURNHAM - Things looked pretty dim for the Mifflin County 10- and 11-year-old baseball team Wednesday, trailing Marion Walker 7-3 going into its final six outs of the District 5 Little League tournament. But with their chances to remain in the tournament on the line, the locals didn't panic and played with confidence, tying the game at 8-8 at the end of the 6th inning.
With the new sense of life, Mifflin County pushed the visitors to the brink in the seventh but could not plate the winning run. Marion Walker then also failed to produce runs in the top of the seventh and eighth, so with the game going late at 8 p.m. and a looming storm from Mother Nature on the way, the game was suspended before Mifflin County got its chance in the bottom of the inning.
The game will be resumed today where it left off with the 8-8 tie, but in the book-ended innings, there was plenty of excitement for fans of both teams.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY?KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Hudson First blasts a double into the outfield for the District 5 10-11 Little League tournament Wednesday evening at Kish Park in Burnham.
If one play can change a game, Mifflin County's fortunes turned at the end of the top of the fifth.
With runners on first and second with two outs, pitcher Blane Dickson snagged a come backer from Sean Reeder, ending the threat.
Trailing 7-3, Mifflin County then made its move. With one out, Hudson First hustled out an infield hit. His stay on base was a short one as Jacob Krepps connected with a Rieli Redman offering and sent it way beyond the confines of centerfield, cutting the Marion Walker lead to 7-5.
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However, Mifflin County wasn't quite done yet. With two outs, Shane Dippery hit a screaming line shot that also cleared the fence, making it 7-6 going into its final at-bats.
Again, Marion Walker had an answer for Mifflin County's big inning, scoring a run of its own to take an 8-6 lead.
The inning was highlighted by a Redman single and a stolen base that put him in scoring position. After a Mifflin County miscue, Redman later scored on a wild pitch.
Still looking for more runs, Mifflin County thwarted Marion Walker's chance as Hunter Wagner made a difficult diving catch to end the threat and put the Mifflin County bats back up to the plate.
With the top of the order coming up to bat in the sixth, Mifflin County wasted little time going for the tie or win. Facing one out in the inning, Dickson started the rally with a single to left field. After advancing to third via a stolen base and a wild pitch, Dickson came home on an RBI single by First, cutting it to 8-7.
On the play, First advanced to second on a throwing miscue by a Marion Walker outfielder. Krepps came through in the clutch once again, adding an RBI double to his hitting resume, tying the game at 8-8. Krepps was be stranded at second as the two teams went into extra innings.
In the first inning, Marion Walker, which lost to Mifflin County earlier in the week, came out swinging to post a two-run opening inning. But Mifflin County countered in a big way in the bottom of the inning, posting three runs and taking the lead 3-2.
Dickson got the bats going hustling out an infield hit. First hit a one-out gapper to the outfield, scoring Dickson in the process. Krepps joined First on the base paths via a walk. Wagner also walked, setting the stage for Dippery.
With Tommy Resignalo pinch running for Wagner, Dippery roped an RBI single as did Gage Bishop, making it 3-2.
However, the visitors fought their way back, picking up three runs in the second and then two in the fourth to take the four-run lead.
The teams will finish the contest at 6 p.m. today at Kish Park.