District game stopped short by rain

MILROY – Something new happened at the Armagh Memorial Field Friday night.

Well, not really.

For the eighth time since the District 7 13, 14 and 15-year-old tournaments started on June 29, rain stopped play.

But this time, one game was completed and another was suspended.

In the 15-year-old bracket, Mifflin County is leading Altoona, 5-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning.

According to Babe Ruth tournament rules, all games must be played in their entiretity – unless the 10-run rule is applied – and once a game is started, it will be picked up at the exact spot that it was stopped.

The game will resume at 3 p.m. today. The loser of the game will play Gettsyburg at 5 p.m. in a consolation game The winner will not play until Sunday at 7:30 p.m., against the winner Saturday’s consolation game.

Mifflin County has been riding the pitching of Graham Rhoades as he has limited Altoona to one run on two hits in four innings of work. Rhoades has eight strike outs and has only walked one batter.

Altoona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Devyn Carper reached on an error, Catcher Cummings walked and Jacob Mellot knocked Carper home with a single.

It didn’t take long for Mifflin County to take the lead as it scored twice in the bottom of the first inning.

Zach Hostetler walked, went to second on a wild pitch and raced home on a Alex Hackenberg single. Lucas Harshbarger reached on an error and Jared Soles scored Hackenberg with a base hit.

In the third inning, Mifflin County rallied for two runs with one out.

Soles and Rhoades connected on back to back doubles to score one run. Then Nate Earnest singled to keep the rally alive. When the Mifflin County catcher stole second, Rhoades raced home with Mifflin County’s fourth run.

In the fourth, Hostetler created Mifflin County’s fifth run. With one out, the Mifflin County center fielder smashed a triple and then raced home on a passed ball.

Hackenburg popped up to shortstop and then Harshbarger and Soles hit back to back singles before play was stopped. When the rain came, Harshbarger was on third and Soles was on first.

In the 14-year-old game, Perry County stunned Altoona, 11-10. Perry County will now meet Mifflin County for the District 7 title tonight at 7:30 p.m. If Perry County wins, then a second, “if-necessary” game will be played Sunday at 5 p.m.

Altoona had the game in command until the third inning as it led 5-0.

But, Perry County rallied for 10 runs in the third and then hung on for the victory.

Perry County only had seven hits, but five of them came in the third including a bases loaded triple from Brendon Bussom. Perry County scored an insurance run in the fifth and then turned the game over to its fourth pitcher, Zakry Muffit.

He closed out the sixth with a ground out as Altoona had loaded the bases. In the seventh after a lead off double by Alex Weaver, Muffit had a ground out, strike out and liner to his shortstop, Josh Kline, to end the game and complete the upset.