Pitch perfect

MILROY – Pitching was the name of the game for the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars Saturday afternoon at Armagh Memorial Field.

Cade Attick and Austin Erb combined for a three hitter as Mifflin County shut out Perry County, 10-0, in six innings. The game was stopped after six due to the 10-run rule.

It marked the start of the tournament trail for Mifflin County’s 14-year-olds as it was the opener in the District 7 tournament.

Mifflin County will play Altoona, which had a bye, today at 5 p.m. All of Sunday’s games were rained out and the tournaments were extended by one day each.

Attick went the first five innings for Mifflin County. He gave up all three hits, struck out three and walked five. Perry County had runners on base in every inning, but just couldn’t solve Attick.

One big difference was the defense of both teams. Mifflin County only committed one error, while Perry County had three. Mifflin County also turned a timely double play in the fourth.

Austin Erb finished off the shutout as he relieved Attick in the sixth and threw a scoreless inning. He walked one and no ball left the infield.

“We got a good pitching effort from Cade (Attick) and Austin (Erb),” Scott Reigle, the Mifflin County manager, said. “We hit the ball well enough to win the game, but we didn’t hit it exceptionally well and they helped us with some mistakes. I thought we fielded well enough and we turned a double play.”

Mifflin County jumped off to a 2-0 lead as Attick walked to lead off the first. He moved to second on Ty Bodtorf’s single and when the Perry County centerfielder misplayed the ball, Attick was on third. He later scored on a passed ball and Bodtorf later came home on a Damon Jasper ground out.

In the third, Mifflin County sent 11 men to the plate and scored six times. Attick had the big hit, an RBI double, as he knocked in Trent Hidlay, who had singled to lead off the inning. Isaac Maclay had the other Mifflin County base hit, which drove in a run.

Along with the three hits, Perry County also gave up three walks in the inning, committed two errors and let a run come home on a wild pitch.

In the fourth, Bodtorf opened with a single and one out later Logan Peachey collected his first career all-star hit. After a fly ball to right field, Jake Spickler netted an RBI with a single, making it 9-0.

Mifflin County wrapped up the game in the sixth as Peachey drew a walk, moved to third on an Erb double and scored on a wild pitch.

Bodtorf was the only Mifflin County player with multiple hits with two.