Mustangs win rain-soaked contest, 4-2

MIFFLINBURG – The rain and wind Friday night affected the Midd-West Mustangs and didn’t affect them.

And in the end, the Mustangs (4-1) stayed hot as they defeated winless Mifflinburg 4-2 in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division I baseball game.

“The kids played a good game tonight despite the conditions,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “We stayed with it and came away with a win.”

As the rain started to fall with more intensity, it seemed to wake up the Mustangs’ bats.

With his team trailing 2-1, Aaron Sharp started the top of the fifth with a double and moved to third when Eli Stem dropped down a perfect bunt and beat the throw to first.

Stem then stole second and moved to third when Sharp scored on Shane Connahan’s ground out to tie the game.

After Luke Zimmerman walked, Hunter Shuff singled to bring home Stem and make it 3-2.

Colton Snook loaded the bases when he reached on a fielders’ choice, but Mifflinburg got out of the inning on a 4-2-3 double play.

Sharp continued to do damage at the plate as he walked and then scored on a Connahan RBI double in the sixth to make it 4-2.

“The top of their lineup killed us,” Mifflinburg coach Tom Church said. “You try to split them up but it just didn’t work for us in the fifth and that is when they scored the runs.”

Flood agreed with his counterpart.

“Top of the lineup is always strong for us and today they did some damage,” he said.

Sharp, Stem, Connahan and Zimmerman combined to go 6-for-10 and scored all four runs.

But as the rain woke up the offense, it did nothing to slow down Sharp on the mound.

Sharp pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing just four Mifflinburg hits.

“Aaron just went out there a pitched a solid game,” Flood said. “He is not the fastest and he doesn’t have the greatest control but he gets the job done.”