Thundering Herd silenced
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County and Carlisle each had different ways of scoring runs in a softball meeting at Highland Park Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies, led by Allessa Morrison’s 3-for-4 effort that included two triples, overpowered Commonwealth Division opponent Carlisle by blasting hits all over the field and getting a little help from the opposition’s defense in the 13-3 victory.
“(Allessa) was huge today,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “I was just really glad to see (her) really pick it up today. That’s what she’s capable of doing.”
While the Huskies’ power was on display from the get-go, Carlisle started the scoring off in the top half of the first without the ball leaving the infield.
Allison Glenn, the Carlisle starter, got on with a bunt single that went about five feet.
She was advanced twice on fielder’s choices and later scored on a groundout to first base, to give Carlisle an early 1-0 lead.
The Huskies answered in a big way, ignited by catcher Morrison’s booming triple to left field, which started a five-run first where the Huskies batted around.
“I just stayed relaxed and thought things through before the pitch,” Morrison said. “I took it step-by-step.”
Morrison scored on Mara Rhodes’ rocket single to center to quickly knot the game at 1-1.
Rhodes stole second and scored on an error to put the Huskies up 2-1.
Back-to-back-to-back RBIs by Maggie Wray, Hannah Ruby and Olivia Riden made it 5-1 in favor of the home team after one inning.
After Ruby stranded the bases loaded in the top of the second, Mifflin County came back for more runs in the bottom half.
Morrison started things off again with a single and a stolen base.
She advance to third on a passed ball and then scored on Rhodes’ sacrifice fly to center.
Kali Hunter added an RBI single to score Tara Kibe and make it 7-1 Huskies with one out in the second.
Wray and Ruby added singles to load the bases, but Glenn induced a groundout to short to end the threat.
With one out in the third, Morrison came up again with the bases empty and delivered her second triple of the day to center field.
Her teammates capitalized again with her in scoring position when Kibe served a single into center field, pushing Morrison home for the third time in three innings.
Carlisle got one back in the top of the fourth when it loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a fielder’s choice. Two ground balls in the infield resulted in force-outs before an error plated Carlisle’s second run of the day.
“I think it was key to Hannah and key to our whole team,” McCurdy said. “They executed a few really good plays to get two outs there. That was a good opportunity for our kids to practice that situation so they know they can get out of that situation in the future.”
A grounder to second base ended the inning with only one run in the books.
“That was pretty important,” Morrison said. “Coach said we had bases-loaded no outs and we came back and we gave one run up. That was a big achievement.”
Wray’s triple to left with one out started a three-run fourth for the Huskies, making it 11-2 after four innings.
Carlisle got one back in the top of the fifth after a lead-off double came around to score to settle the score at 11-3.
Mifflin County got a lead-off double from Rhodes to start its portion of the fifth.
Hunter was hit by a pitch then she and Rhodes took off and were successful on a double-steal.
Taylor McKay singled to left to score both runners and invoke the mercy rule, with a 13-3 final.
The Huskies won for the second-straight day after low temperatures, rain and field conditions put many of their games on hold over the season’s first three weeks.
“Playing games is what this team needs to do right now,” McCurdy said. “Playing yesterday after over a week’s break was like starting the season all over again. That first game there is always nerves and so forth. Playing two games in a row will really settle down the team.”
Ruby scattered three runs on eight hits over a five-inning complete game to earn the win, her first of the season, and went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.
“I would say probably her drop ball,” Morrison said. “That was probably the best pitch that she had today.”
Mifflin County (3-0, 3-0 Mid-Penn) will travel to Cedar Cliff Friday at 4:15p.m.