Babe Ruth season marked by big numbers
LEWISTOWN – It was a big year for the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League and that is reflected in the numbers that came in through the tournament trail.
All three of Mifflin County’s teams made the Pennsylvania final four with a state champion (14-year-olds), a state runner-up (13-year-olds) and a tie for third place (15-year-olds).
Mifflin County finished with a 19-13 record. It was the most losses in one year for Mifflin County, but the 19 wins are the most since 2009 and account for the eighth best year in all-star play.
The 14-year-olds played 14 games on the way to a tie for fifth place in the Mid-Atlantic regional.
Those numbers for the 14-year-olds jumped that team into the league’s top ten in two offensive departments: official at bats (419), which is fourth; and hits (124), a tie for fifth.
The team handled 436 chances and committed only 22 errors. The total chances have the 14-year-olds fourth in that department and their .950 fielding average is third highest of all time.
The Babe Ruth World Series team of 2002 – 15-year-olds; they played 19 games – holds three of the four records with 150 hits, 545 official at bats and 596 total chances. The top fielding team was the 2009 15-year-olds, who played 15 games and had a .955 fielding average.
The 2013 15-year-olds had a team average of .361, which ties them for sixth place in the top 10.
Two 14-year-old players made moves into some of the league’s individual top 10s.
Ty Bodtorf has 39 hits in two years of play and is tied for eighth place. Thirteen of those hits are doubles, which ties him for first place with Matt Gregg (2002-04). He also has 30 RBIs, which has him tied for sixth place, and his .459 batting average is seventh-best all-time (45 official at bats).
Cade Attick has nine doubles, ranking him fifth going into his last year of competition. Attick also picked up seven wins on the mound and that ties him for 10th all-time on that list.
Trent Hidlay, a 14-year-old, became the league’s 24,000th official at bat on July 21 against West End of Williamsport; he grounded out to the pitcher to lead off the third inning.
On the coaching front, two of the all-star managers moved toward milestones. The 15-year-old manager, Bernie Howard (Lewistown), now has a 79-25 record as an all-star manager and is now ranked third on the Mifflin County victories list. Howard has an overall record of 392-92.
Bill Corbin (13-year-old manager), who is second on the all-star win list, has a record of 83-33. Corbin, who coaches in Belleville, now has an overall record of 594-323.
Kevin Reigle (Reedsville), the 14-year-old manager, joined a select group by winning a state title in his first try, joining Belleville’s Bob Metz (1960, 14-15-year-olds); Strodes Mills’ Gary Ciecierski (1973, 13-year-olds); Yeagertown’s Fred Zook (1981, 14-15-year-olds); Corbin (1987, 13-year-olds) and McVeytown’s Bruce Brumbaugh (1999, 15-year-olds).
Mifflin County wrapped up its 59th season with its 20th state title, 20 state runners-up, 40th trip to the state finals, 68th time in the state’s final four, 80th district title, 46th straight season without a losing record, 23rd appearance in the Mid-Atlantic regional and a record of 609-268.