Mifflin County blanks West Snyder, 4-0

LEWISTOWN – Hayden Snook and Jordan Wolfkill combined to throw a three-hit shutout for the Mifflin County American Legion baseball team in its 4-0 victory against interleague foe West Snyder Friday evening at Mifflin County High School.

Snook, Mifflin County’s starter, did most of the work as he tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, striking out two and scattering only three hits. Wolfkill relieved Snook in the sixth and did not allow a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of work.

Snook and West Snyder starter Colton Keister were locked in a pitchers’ duel early as neither offense could push across a run during the first four innings. West Snyder first baseman Bailey Coder almost gave the visitors a lead in the top of the first with a towering drive to left field, but it was hauled in on the warning track by left fielder Isaac Strohecker.

Mifflin County was able to get runners in scoring position in the second and third innings, but Keister worked his way out of trouble both times before being lifted in the fourth for reliever Ryan Stuck.

Stuck easily retired Mifflin County in order in the fourth inning and appeared headed for a clean relief outing. However, the bottom of the Mifflin County batting order got things going in the fifth against the hard-throwing right hander when Jacob Larson led off the inning by reaching base on an error and advancing to second on a sacrifice. After a passed ball moved him to third, Larson scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Bodtorf to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Despite there being two outs and no runners on base, the Mifflin County bats were just getting started. Stuck walked Max Remy and Strohecker, setting up consecutive RBI singles from Heath Hidlay and Drew Hannon. Snook then helped his own cause with an RBI double to left field that would score the game’s final run. The four-run outburst was one that Mifflin County manager Larry Wolfe thought may come sooner against a West Snyder team that his squad defeated 9-1 just last week.

“I was getting worried that we weren’t going to score at all,” he said. “That’s just the way wooden bat baseball is. We kept putting the ball in play and eventually good things happened.”

Wolfe was also extremely pleased with his starting pitcher’s performance in the team’s second and final meeting with West Snyder.

“Hayden threw really well, especially for his first time on a mound for a while,” he said. “We had him on a pitch count so we went out and got him, but he looked pretty good.”

Snook notched the win on the mound and Stuck took the loss for West Snyder, allowing four earned runs, three hits, and issuing two walks in his two innings of work.

Mifflin County will host Clearfield today at 5 p.m. while West Snyder gets back in action Monday when it travels to Berwick at 5:45 p.m.