MILROY - The Mifflin County coaching staff was looking for the right combination in its opening game of the District 7 13-year-old tournament.
It might not have found all the right players in all the right postitions, but it did find the right formula for a victory.
Good pitching and defense will keep you in most games and that is what Mifflin County did against the Perry County 13-year-olds as it won 13-1 in a five-inning game. The game was stopped due to the 10-run rule.
"We got good pitching today," said Scott Reigle, the Mifflin County manager, "Both our pitchers had good games (Isaac Matthews and Nathan Poche) and we played good defense (no errors). We had enough hits around their walks to score enough runs to win."
Matthews got the win as he went four innings. He struck out five, walked no one and gave up four hits. Poche finished off the game with a 1-2-3 inning with one strike out.
Mifflin County jumped out in front early and never looked back. It scored five runs in the first on just one hit, an RBI triple from Matthews.
The Perry County starter gave up six walks and committed a run scoring balk. Jacob McNellie gave way to Dylan Kramer and before the game was over Perry County used two more pitchers.
Mifflin County picked up two more runs in the second as Gavin Swineford scored on a passed ball and Jared King came home on a balk.
Then in the third, Mifflin County wrapped up its scoring with six runs. Avery Haubrick had a two-run single and Poche added an RBI base hit.
Perry County got its lone run in the second inning when it put together three hits as Kyle Darhower had his team's only RBI.
Mifflin County finished with six hits with Haubrick, who came off the bench, and Swineford each getting two.
Mifflin County will square off at 7 p.m. tonight in its second game with Perry County. If Mifflin County wins, it will advance to the state tournament in Altoona on July 16. If Perry County wins a third and deciding game will be played either Wednesday or Thurday. Before tonight's game at 6 p.m., Mifflin County will hold its regular season award ceremony.
NOTES - Mifflin County now has an 88-13 record in opening games in the District 7 tournament, the 13-year-olds are 38-6; the 14-year-olds, 14-2 and the 15-year-olds, 36-5......For Mifflin County manager, Scott Reigle, it marked his 1,240th game that he coached or managed in during his career (1972-2014).........Haubrick and Poche had half of the Mifflin County hits (three) and they came off the bench to do it.......