Defense, pitching drives 14-year-olds
MILROY – One thing is for sure about the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-old all stars: They put up some big numbers in the pitching and defense department.
In three games, Mifflin County allowed no runs and committed only two errors.
Mifflin County stormed through the District 7 tournament with with wins over Altoona and Perry County (twice).
The 2-0 win over Altoona in nine innings was a classic and will be talked about for years. The game was a scoreless tie after seven innings and Mifflin County’s Ty Bodtorf had a no-hitter through seven, when he had to leave under Babe Ruth rules.
Cade Attick then came in and only gave up one hit and held Altoona scoreless until Mifflin County could score two runs in the top of the ninth.
Attick got two of the three wins for Mifflin County, while Austin Erb picked up the third.
Thanks to that great pitching and defense, Mifflin County will now enter the state tournament in Wrightstown (Bucks County). The host league is Tri-Township.
Mifflin County opens play against Spring-Ford on Wednesday at 3 p.m. On Thursday at noon, Mifflin County plays UDHL (Upper Darby-Drexel Hill-Llanerch Hills). The locals will have another game at noon on Saturday against the host team and Mifflin County will close out pool play on Sunday in another noon game with West End.
The final four will get under way on Monday and the state finals are scheduled for Tuesday.
Mifflin County must advance out of pool play to get into the final four.
Bodtorf leads the team with seven hits, while Isaac Maclay had six. Erb is next in line with four. Mifflin County has eight extra-base hits with Bodtorf leading the way with three doubles, while Erb has two. Getting one double each were Maclay, Attick and Jordan Marshall.
For Kevin Reigle, this marked his first district title. He took over for his father, Scott, who had to step down for health reasons.
Reigle has been on the Reedsville coaching staff since 2007 and this is his fifth All-Star team. He was an assistant on the 2008 15-year-old state championship team that finished in the top four in the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Notes: Kevin Reigle is the the third generation from his family to have won a district title. His grandfather, Bob, won 11 titles, while his father, Scott, won seven. … Mifflin County’s record in Wrightstown is 3-2. … Bodtorf has now been involved in Mifflin County’s 100th and 102nd shutouts, while Attick pitched in 101 and 102. … Mifflin County won a 13-year-old title in Wrightstown in 2003 under the direction of Bill Corbin.
Getting there: PA Turnpike to Exit 351, U.S. 1 North to I-95 North, take the Newtown Exit. Take U.S. 322 (left at top of ramp) toward Newtown to Route 413 North. Proceed on Route 413 North for approximately three miles until you pass Friends Meeting House in Wrightstown. Make a left onto Pens Park Road. Field is 1/8 mile on left.