Regional starts for MC 14s

MILROY – The Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-olds didn’t have much time to celebrate their recent state championship.

Mifflin County won its 20th title on Saturday night in Wrightstown (Bucks County) with a 12-2 win over Valley of Hazleton.

After a late-night firetruck parade on Saturday, the team was off to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Clifton Park, N.Y., a suburb of Schenectedy.

The team left home on Monday as it is scheduled to play today at 11 a.m. against North Syracuse, the Western New York champion.

Mifflin County will have Wednesday off, but will resume play on Thursday at 11 a.m. against Eastern New York runner-up North Colonie. On Friday, Mifflin County takes on Next Millenium, the Metro New York representative, at 5 p.m.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., Mifflin County plays its last pool game against South Brunswick, the Northern New Jersey entrant.

Six teams, three in each pool, will advance into a single-elimination bracket on Sunday. The regional championship game will be played on Monday at 5 p.m.

The winner of the regional will go to the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series in Moses Lake, Wash.

Leagues in the other pool are Delaware (Piedmont), Southern New Jersey (Washington Township), Eastern New York runner-up Kingston, Maryland (Prince George) and host Clifton Park.

Mifflin County will be the visiting team in its Tuesday and Friday games, and the home team on the other two days of pool play. In the bracket, the higher seed will be the home team.

The third place team from Mifflin County’s pool plays its quarterfinal game at 11 a.m. Sunday, against the No. 2 team from the other side. The pool runner-up plays the other No. 3 team at 1:30 p.m. The winner of Mifflin County’s pool goes straight to the 5 p.m. semifinal, against the 11 a.m. winner. The 1:30 p.m. winner faces the other pool champion at 7:30 Sunday.

This will mark the 23rd time that Mifflin County has played in the Mid-Atlantic regional, which is a Pennsylvania record.

Ty Bodtorf leasds the team with 17 hits, while Cade Attick has 13. Trent Hidlay has eight and Jordan Marshall is next with seven.

Attick, the team’s leadoff hitter, leads the team in runs scored with 13, while Bodtorf, who usually bats second, has scored 11.

Bodtorf has eight extra-base hits including seven doubles and also has a home run. Attick has chipped in with five doubles and Isaac Maclay and Hidlay each have three.

Bodforf is the top RBI man with 10, while Maclay has eight and Marshall six.

On the mound, Mifflin County has used five pitchers, but three of them have done most of the work, Attick, Bodtorf and Austin Erb. The trio has been on the mound for all but six innings.

Attick is 3-0 and has appeared in four game. He has walked nine and struck out 22. He has pitched 19.6 innings and has a WHIP of 1.17. Bodtorf has been in four games. He has a 2-0 record and has pitched in 22.3 innings. He has walked seven and struck out 21. Bodtorf’s WHIP is 0.94.

Erb has a 2-2 record and has been in five games. Erb has worked in 16 innings, while giving up 11 walks and striking out nine. Erb’s WHIP is 1.31.

The other two pitchers Mifflin County has used are Marshall and Damon Jasper.

Before giving up a run in the first state game, the 14-year-old staff set a new Mifflin County all-star mark of 25.3 consecutive innings without giving up a run.

The team has a fielding average of .950 as it has only committed 14 errors in 279 chances.

“Pitching and defense can carry a team a long way,” said Kevin Reigle, the Mifflin County manager. “If our bats can stay as hot as they were at the end of the state tournament, we can make some noise in the regionals.”

Reigle’s assistant coaches are Don Attick and Craig Bitner.

Notes: The 14-year-olds have seen both their district and state tournaments delayed by rain. At Milroy, field conditions brought on a two-day lull in action, pushing the final to July 14, a Sunday. The team started up again three days later and worked into the state final four, where a torrential downpour flooded another field. The tournament was stalled for five days, and played out over the weekend in the locals’ favor. That led to the short break before the regional.