13s fall to West End, 10-7

ALTOONA – Errors and walks were the downfall of the Mifflin County 13-year-olds in the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth state tournament on Thursday.

Mifflin County pitchers walked seven batters and their teammates committed 10 errors in a 10-7 loss to West End at Seitz Field on Thursday afternoon.

“Our defense left us down today,” Mifflin County manager Bill Corbin said. “You can’t have that many errors and walks.

“That’s the name of the game – throw strikes and play defense, and we didn’t do that today so we didn’t deserve to win,” Corbin said.

Now 1-1 in pool play, Mifflin County will face tournament host Altoona at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Seitz Field. West End plays Blue Valley today at 2 p.m.

West End, from Williamsport, scored four runs in the second inning without getting a hit. Mifflin County pitchers walked five batters in the second and, coupled with a pair of errors, West End scored four times to overcome a 3-1 deficit.

West End scored twice in the fourth and three times in the fifth to build its lead to 10-3.

The Williamsport team was led by Ethan Stryker, who banged out a double and two singles and drove in four runs. Hunter Webb scored three times and had a pair of RBIs.

Mifflin County didn’t quit, though, and rallied for four runs in the sixth to make it interesting.

“I will say this about Mifflin County,” West End manager George Lepley said, “they don’t ever quit. It doesn’t matter who they have in the lineup – they don’t quit.”

“Their four-run rally was started by the bottom part of their batting order,” Lepley continued.

Kyle Peachey had a triple, drove in a run and scored twice for Mifflin County.

“I was proud of the kids for fighting back,” Corbin said. “We were one hit away from being back in it. We had the bases loaded when the inning ended.”

Corbin said his team will continue to battle, although admitting Altoona will be a tough assignment Saturday.

“We lost to them twice in the district tournament,” Corbin noted. “Errors hurt us then, too, so maybe they’ll take us lightly this time.”