Babe Ruth coaches announced
LEWISTOWN – Although the Babe Ruth tournament trail is still months from getting started, the Mifflin County league has announced its managers and coaches for the 2014 season.
Milroy’s Armagh Memorial Field will be a key host for the tournaments this summer. Milroy will host all three District 7 tournaments (13-, 14- and 15-year-olds). Armagh Memorial Field also will play host to the 14-year-old state tournament.
The 15-year-old state tournament will be played in Hazleton, while the 13-year-olds will play in Altoona.
Gary Stimely, the Mifflin County League president, recently announced the managers for the three Mifflin County teams.
The 15-year-olds will be managed by Yeagertown’s Fred Zook, who holds numerous records in the all-star coaching record category.
The Yeagertown manager has won the most district titles of any Mifflin County manager with 12 and holds the record for most all-star wins with a 96-37 record. Zook’s overall record is 497-302.
He also holds the league record for most state championship titles with four along with Belleville’s Bill Corbin. In 2004, he led the Mifflin County 15-year-olds to a Mid-Atlantic Regional championship and a berth in the Babe Ruth World Series.
His coaching staff also has had some experience at the all-star level. One of the assistants is Corbin, who has been a manager or coach on 20 all-star teams. He holds the record for a Mifflin County coach or manager being in the most state finals, 10.
The other assistant coach is Don Attick of Reedsville, who was a coach on the 2013 Mifflin County 14-year-old all-star team that won a state title last summer.
Named the 13-year-old manager was Reedsville’s Scott Reigle.
The veteran manager has seen plenty of action on the tournament trail. He has managed or been an assistant on 23 Mifflin County all-star teams, which is a league record.
Reigle has a 65-25 mark as an all-star manager and an overall record of 352-173.
In 2002, he managed the Mifflin County 15-year-olds to a Mid-Atlantic Regional title and a place in the World Series.
Reigle has been on three state championship teams including 2008 (15-year-olds) as the manager and as an assistant coach in 1983 (13-year-olds).
Reigle has coached or managed in more games than anyone in the 59-year-history of the league, 1,212 games.
He is being assisted by Kevin Reigle and Craig Bitner, both of Reedsville. Last summer Kevin Reigle was the manager of the Mifflin County 14-year-olds and he became the first person from Mifflin County to play on a state championship team (2003 15-year-olds) and manage a state title team. Bitner also was an assistant on the 2013 state championship team.
The 14-year-old Mifflin County manager will be Belltown’s Mike Hostetler, who is in his second year of Babe Ruth coaching. He guided Belltown to a 15-12 record last summer.
However, this will not be Hostetler’s first experience with the Mifflin County all-stars. He was a two-time all-star from 1985-87 and when he was a 15-year-old, Mifflin County won the state championship.
He will be assisted by Barney Baker of Burnham. Hostetler also announced that he would name his third assistant coach at a later date.
Last year, the Mifflin County 13-year-olds finished second in the state.
The District 7 tournaments will start on July 5 and the state tournaments will begin on July 16.