Comeback succeeds in Legion ball
BELLEFONTE – Mifflin County put up three seventh-inning runs and Lucas McKay threw a complete game for a win, scattering only six hits and striking out five batters across seven innings as Mifflin County defeated Bellefonte 6-4 in a Central Penn League game Thursday to stay undefeated on the season.
Mifflin County started off strong as Isaac Strohecker got the bats going when he sent a ball to deep left field as the leadoff hitter.
With one out and one runner on, Heath Hidlay ripped one to right field and notched the first RBI of the night as he plated Strohecker in.
Hayden Snook rounded out the two-run inning for Mifflin County with a shot to center field for an RBI, building a nice 2-0 lead as McKay took the mound for the first time.
Bellefonte threatened to score in the bottom of the first with runners on both first and second base, but a stellar solo double play by first baseman Drew Hannon quickly put the inning to an end as he caught a line drive and tagged a runner trying to advance to second.
Strohecker did it again for his team in the top of the second inning, blasting the ball into the outfield, allowing Hunter Walker to safely reach home and give Mifflin County a comfortable 3-0 lead early in the game.
But Bellefonte wouldn’t let the lead slip away so easily.
Noah Perryman got the momentum going for the Bandits when a pitch hit him in the bottom of the second. Two batters later, Anthony Montressor lined to shortstop Dylan Deitrich, advancing Perryman to third base, but Perryman was able to then score easily thanks to a dead ball ruling on a botched home plate throw.
Brandon Suhey came to the plate next for Bellefonte and wasted no time belting the ball to score another run. Shortly after, Seth Weaver added insult to injury when he stepped up and drove in Suhey to tie up the game at 3 apiece.
McKay seemed to have the situation under control until a passed ball allowed Weaver to easily steal home and allow the Bandits a 4-3 lead.
Bellefonte seemed to be cruising to an easy win as it made a pitching change in the top of the fourth inning, replacing starter Taylor Smith with Deitrich. Deitrich and McKay were locked in a pitchers’ duel in the middle innings of the game, with an excellent defensive unit behind each of them to hold both teams to no runs after the second inning.
In the top of the final inning, Mifflin County found its footing and let loose a three-run rally on the Bandits thanks to some phenomenal bunting.
Jacob Larson got the inning going as he safely reached first base on a single. Hidlay laid down a perfect bunt and beat the throw to first, letting Larson move into scoring position for Mifflin County.
The next batter, Hannon, reached first base on another successful bunt and advanced runners to both second and third as Snook came to bat at crunch time – and hammered the ball to drive in two runs and allow his team to retake the lead.
McKay then added to the bunting trend as he put one down for his team, and despite being thrown out at first base, added another run as Hannon to reached home safely for the 6-4 final.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, McKay got out fairly easily, striking out Brandon Quay for the third and final out to secure the win.
Mifflin County manager Larry Wolfe was pleased to see his team pull off the win Thursday night.
“They played really good and we have a chance to be a good team,” Wolf said. “I really wanted to see them come from behind and this was a great win for the guys.”
Mifflin County will travel to DuBois on Saturday for a doubleheader, set to begin at 3 p.m.
Yeagertown 13, Reedsville 2 (5 innings)
MILROY – Yeagertown finished its Mifflin County Babe Ruth season a lot different than when it started.
Yeagertown finished with a 13-2 five-inning win over Reedsville. Yeagertown (21-6) finished the season in second place.
Nate Earnest tossed a complete game for Yeagertown with a five hitter. He struck out 11 and walked only three.
Reedsville’s Will Fox and Cade Attick each had two hits, while Jake Spicker had Reedsville’s only RBI with a single in the fifth inning.
Yeagertown’s Jordan Marshall led the winning attack with three hits including a double and drove in five runs. Nelson Cook also had a big night with three hits and Ty Hunter chipped in with two. Hunter had a triple and Tate Harpster had Yeagertown’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Yeagertown manager, Fred Zook, completed his 26th year with an overall record of 497-296.
Centre County League
Pleasant Gap 10, Milroy 6
MILROY- Milroy jumped out to an early lead Thursday night but couldn’t hold on as Pleasant Gap stormed back to take the Centre County League win by a score of 10-6.
Evan Pupo allowed a run to score in each of the first two innings before his offense responded with a three-run bottom of the third that gave the locals an early advantage. Milroy then added a run in the fourth to stretch the lead to 4-2.
Pupo settled down and tossed scoreless third and fourth innings before the Pleasant Gap bats woke up in the top of the fifth. The next two innings proved to be disastrous for Milroy. Pleasant Gap scored six runs and pounded out seven hits.
Pleasant Gap outhit Milroy 13-8 in the contest.
Milroy (2-12) hosts Clarence on Sunday.