MC seniors spark win over State College
REEDSVILLE – That’s a wrap.
After numerous postponements and delays, the Mifflin County high school softball team ended its regular season with a bang, sending its senior players into the regular season sunset – at least until the District 6 Class AAAA tournament begins – with a victory over Centre County and fellow Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division foe State College, 8-3 at Snyder Field in Reedsville.
It was a year that saw the Huskies end their regular season at 15-5 overall and 13-3 in the always tough Commonwealth Division.
It was the seniors who helped get the victory Thursday as Macie Lucas’ lead off with a triple in the bottom of the fourth to spark an eight-run inning that was highlighted by a towering two-run homer by fellow senior Brooke Wilson.
On the mound, senior pitcher Taylor Boyer went 4 1/3 innings strong before handing the ball over to fellow pitcher and senior Rachel Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was also strong in the clutch, pitching out of a few jams after going to the mound.
Julia Stuck also showed that her senior day would be a strong one as well, posting two hits in her final regular season game.
The Huskies rolled out a 13-hit effort en route to the victory as Lucas led the way with a 3-for-4 batting performance picking up an RBI and scoring a run. Lucas and Wilson had the game’s only extra base hits finishing with a triple and home run, respectively.
“That’s what I told them out there. They are capable of doing that. They just have to keep hanging on to that and believing they’re capable of doing that. I’ve seen them do it several times throughout the season,” Mifflin County manager Jack McCurdy said about his team’s offensive strike in the fourth. “As a team they played very well tonight in all aspects.”
What started out to be a pitching dual in the first 3 innings was quickly erased in the bottom of the fourth.
Lucas took a Laura Harris offering and blasted it into the gap in right field, making her way to third on the hit. She later advanced on a wild pitch to unlock the scoring at 1-0.
On the wild pitch, Boyer took advantage of the errant third strike that got past the catcher, reaching first.
With Boyer standing on first, Wilson took a pitch and sent it deep over the centerfield fence to the celebration of her teammates as she crossed home plate, upping the Mifflin County lead to 3-0.
And the Huskies weren’t done yet.
Stuck belted a infield single that handcuffed the Little Lions’ third baseman, allowing her to beat out the throw. However, her stay was temporary as she was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Zimmerman. From there, two wild pitches to teammate Maggie Wray allowed Zimmerman to reach third base.
With Zimmerman in scoring position, Wray did not disappoint as she roped an RBI single into left field. In the next at bat, she was also bounced into a fielder’s choice, putting two outs on the board and only Tara Kibe on base.
However, Allessa Morrison kept the inning going as she smacked in Kibe on a poke into centerfield, giving Mifflin County some insurance runs at 5-0.
Mara Rhodes continued the onslaught, smacking a single of her own to put runners on first and second.
In her second at bat of the inning, Lucas picked up an RBI of her own as she brought in Morrison on a single. Boyer followed and loaded the bases as she took ball four, setting the stage for Wilson once again.
Though her at bat wasn’t as massive as her home run, she still brought in a run as she was hit by a pitch, bringing in Rhodes.
Stuck ended the scoring for the Huskies at 8-0 as she brought in Lucas on a single.
Though the Little Lions would pick up three runs in the top of the sixth, the Mifflin County lead was never really in jeopardy.
With the win, the Huskies will be going into the District 6 Class AAAA Championship with some momentum. Mifflin County will be playing at Penn State University on May 29 at a time and opponent to be determined at a later date.