Coaches for Babe Ruth All-Star squads announced
McVEYTOWN – Three Mifflin County Babe Ruth managers, who have nearly 1,300 wins combined, have been named the All-Star coaches for the 2013 season.
Gary Stimely, president of the league, made the announcement over the weekend.
Bernie Howard was named manager of the 15-year-olds, while Reedsville’s Scott Reigle was named the 14-year-old manager. The 13-year-old manager will be Belleville’s Bill Corbin.
The three managers combined have been coaching in the league for over 90 years.
Howard, who has 15 years in the Lewistown dugout, has a 73-23 record as an All-Star manager. He has won 10 District Seven titles and eight of his teams have finished in the Pennsylvania final four.
He has guided three Mifflin County All-Star teams to state titles and was the first manager to do it three years in a row. Howard was the manager of the 2003 15-year-old state winners, which were followed by the 13-year-olds in 2004 and the 14-year-olds in 2005.
Those teams in 2004 and 2005 made it to the Mid-Atlantic Final Four with the 13-year-olds finishing second in 2004.
Counting this season, Howard has an overall record of 371-89. He has been the manager for Lewistown West since 2000.
Howard holds several league records including most consecutive district titles with five. And, he has done that twice, 2002-2006 and 2008-2012. The West manager also holds the league record for most consecutive state final four finishes with his five from 2002-2006.
Reigle has been the manager at Reedsville since 1998, but he has been on the Reedsville coaching staff since 1972 (42 years). Reigle has won seven district titles and six of his teams have finished in the state’s final four.
In 2002, Reigle was the manager for the Mifflin County 15-year-olds who not only won the state title, but went on to gain the Mid-Atlantic regional championship and finished in the top six at the Babe Ruth World Series in Connersville, Ind.
It was the first team from the 13-15-year-old league to go to a World Series.
In 2008, Reigle’s 15-year-old team also won the state title and went on to finish in the regional final four.
Reigle has been an All-Star manager or assistant for a record 22 times. In 1983, he was an assistant on the Mifflin County 13-year-old team that won a state title, a team managed by his father, the late Bob Reigle.
Reigle’s All-Star record is 64-25 and his current overall record is 341-164. He holds the record for most games appearing as an All-Star manager or coach, 197.
Corbin has been the manager in Belleville since 1983 and has been on the Belleville staff since 1979 (35 years).
As an All-Star manager, Corbin has a record of 79-27 and has won 10 district titles. Eight of his teams have finished no lower than second.
Four of Corbin’s coached teams have won state titles all at the 13-year-old level, 1987, 1990, 2003 and 2007. He is tied with Yeagertown’s Fred Zook for most state titles won by a Mifflin County manager. Corbin also holds the record for most times in a state final by a manager or coach, nine.
In 2004, Corbin was an assistant coach on Mifflin County’s 15-year-old All-Star team that won the Mid-Atlantic regional and went to the World Series in Longview, Wa., where it finished in the top ten.
Corbin’s overall record is 583-306.
The post-season will start June 29 in Milroy when the District 7 13-year-old tournament kicks off. The 14 and 15-year-old tournaments will open up on July 6 also in Milroy.