Mifflin County brings bats to interleague game

LEWISTOWN – Hits came aplenty for the Mifflin County American Legion baseball team in its interleague match up with West Snyder at Mifflin County High School during a Saturday evening showdown.

Mifflin County had its offense primed and ready, blasting out 15 hits, and held West Snyder to three hits in a 9-1 victory.

Pitcher Ross Torquato looked sharp in his four innings on the mound, striking out three and allowing three hits and the lone run while getting the win.

Teammate Max Remy came for the final three innings and shut down West Snyder’s offense completely, allowing no hits and no runs.

Offensively, Mifflin County rallied behind the three-hit efforts by designated hitter Hayden Snook and outfielder Jacob Larson. Both went 3-for-4 on the afternoon. The home team finished the contest with five of its nine starters picking up multiple hits in the game. Snook and teammate Drew Hannon each drove in a pair of runs.

Isaac Strohecker, who went 2-for 3, found his way home three times in the contest en route to the victory.

West Snyder hit the ball hard but most of the night it ended up in the glove of a player from Mifflin County.

“We had a lot of hits tonight. Sometimes you just hit the ball hard at someone but tonight they were finding some grass out there,” Mifflin County manager Larry Wolfe said. “We didn’t score a whole lot of runs in one inning but we had a couple innings with two runs and three runs. Using wooden bats that’s just the way you have to play the game.”

After holding West Snyder in the top of the first, Mifflin County manufactured its first run in the bottom of the inning via some heads-up play by Strohecker and timely hitting by Hannon.

After reaching on a free trip to first, Strohecker hustled his way from first to third on a slow rolling fielder’s choice by Heath Hidlay.

With two out, Hannon came up strong for Mifflin County roping an RBI single, giving the home team the advantage.

Torquato cruised through the second inning, sitting down West Snyder 1-2-3 in the inning.

Snook got things going in the bottom of the inning starting the offense on a 1-out single.

He later scored on a wild pitch by West Snyder pitcher Zach Mast.

However, the visitors clamped down on Mifflin County, holding them to just one run in the inning.

Things got better for Mifflin County in the third as it double the run output by plating two in the inning. The inning was highlighted by Hidlay’s score on a wild pitch and Snook’s RBI single to right field that allowed Hannon to score easily from third.

West Snyder refused to give up, ending Mifflin County’s bid for a shut out in the fourth inning.

Nick Lorenz opended the scoring opportunity with a blast into the deep reaches of the outfield, landing him on second with a standup double. He scored when Alex Lash’s single to right field cut into the Mifflin County lead at 4-1.

“We hit the ball well. Their pitcher threw strikes and it was tough to put runs on the board,” West Snyder skipper Chris Combs said.

But that would be as close as West Snyder would get as Mifflin County defense did not allow another hit while its offense scored two more runs in the fourth and three insurance runs in the sixth.

Centre County League

Lemont 2, Milroy 0

LEMONT – Kalen Gearhart allowed only three hits against Milroy Sunday, but as it turns out, he wasn’t the best pitcher in the game.

Lemont’s Matt Smith tossed a no-hitter against the Coyotes in a 2-0 win for the Ducks.

The first run crossed on Milroy’s only error; Nick Carothers walked them Erik Kempton hit into the play that scored him. An inning later, Kieran Kempton singled and Shane Regel doubled to plate the run.

Milroy (2-8) travels to Spring Mills Wednesday.