Look out, states
MILROY – So far the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-olds have been nothing but perfect on the mound and with their gloves.
On Sunday, Mifflin County showed that it can hit the ball too. Mifflin County put together a 17-hit attack in a 13-0 win over Perry County to capture the District 7 championship.
Mifflin County will now play in the opening round of the state tournament against Spring-Ford, the District 2 champion, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Wrightstown (Bucks County).
For Mifflin County, it marked the 78th District 7 title and 79th overall. It was also Mifflin County’s 599th all-star win.
Mifflin County didn’t allow a run in its three game sweep of the district title. It beat Perry County, 10-0 and 13-0, and Altoona 2-0 in nine innings. Mifflin County pitchers have now thrown 20 scoreless innings in a row. The Mifflin County record is 24, held by the 2003 14-year-olds and the 2006 15-year-olds.
The most consecutive shutouts in a row came in 2003 when Mifflin County whitewashed Gettysburg twice, Lansford and State College.
This time the pitcher in the spotlight was Austin Erb. Erb threw one inning in Mifflin County’s 10-0 win against Perry County in the district opener.
Erb also went the distance Sunday as he struck out four and gave up four hits. He walked two and was backed by three double plays. The game was ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
“I knew going into the tournament that we had a strong defense and pitching,” Kevin Reigle, the Mifflin County manager said. “Austin (Erb) pitched a great game today. When he needed a ground ball, he came up with it as we turned three double plays.”
“Our hitting came together today,” Reigle continued. “We strapped together four hits in that one inning.”
For a while, it looked as if Perry County still had some magic left from Friday when it stunned Altoona, 11-10.
The first two innings were scoreless and Perry County had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the second when Erb got Sean Thoman to ground into a double play to end the inning.
In the third, Mifflin County finally broke the scoreless tie with two runs. Isaac Maclay had the big hit, a two run single.
Then in the fourth, Mifflin County opened up the lead with eight runs and the 2013 14-year-old district title was about to turn royal blue and white.
Erb opened the inning with a hustle double and Gage Boreman followed with a single. Trent Hidlay drew a walk to load the bases.
The next batter went down on strikes, but then Ty Bodtorf and Maclay ripped back-to-back doubles driving in four runs.
Jordan Marshall then got into the act with a run producing single. Erb and Ross Underhill each came up with singles and when Perry County had back-to-back throwing errors, the score had ballooned to 10-0.
Mifflin County added three runs in the fifth on four hits. Tyler Bedelyon picked up his first all star base hit and Bodtorf followed that with an RBI single. One out later, Jonah Kile singled and then Marshall closed the deal with a two run double.
Bodtorf, Maclay, Marshall and Erb each had three hits. Bodtorf finished with three doubles, while Maclay and Erb each had one.