13 seniors say goodbye to Husky baseball
LEWISTOWN – It was another disappointing end to another Husky baseball season.
For the third straight year, Central Mountain came to the Mifflin County campus and eliminated the home team from the District 6 AAAA tournament.
Even tougher though, it was the end of 13 seniors’ careers with the Mifflin County High School baseball team.
Many of those players started at different schools when they were freshman, Lewistown and Indian Valley respectively.
When they entered Mifflin County their sophomore years it was at the new high school on the hill.
Many of the seniors have played together or against each other on diamonds throughout Mifflin County from the time they could hold a bat until Thursday night.
From diamonds in the Kishacoquillas Valley to the ball fields in Lewistown. From Milroy to Alfarata. Many of them were teammates on all-star teams throughout the county.
One of those seniors playing his last game of youth baseball in Mifflin County was Hayden Snook.
“Today was a tough loss,” Snook mentioned. “We have a great group of seniors here I have played multiple sports with for the past four years. I wish all of them well in whatever they do in the future.”
“In this game, we just couldn’t get the key hit,” Snook explained. “That’s baseball. That’s why I love it. This is always the toughest part of the season when it’s over.”
For some of the 13 seniors, this will be the end of their youth baseball careers. From Little League to Babe Ruth, to American Legion to high school, it’s one game after another.
Kyle Bodtorf, the soft spoken Mifflin County center fielder, who says more with his glove than what most people say all day long said, “I just don’t know what to say.”
One of the team’s leaders, John Michael Maclay, was playing his first year of varsity baseball as he didn’t go out for the Huskies until his senior year. It didn’t take long for him to get into the starting line-up as he was the man behind the plate all year.
“We just didn’t get the key hit today,” Maclay said. “For me it’s sad to see my PIAA high school career come to an end. It’s been fun for the last four years.”
But, for Maclay and six other of his teammates, baseball season is far from over as they will now play for the Mifflin County American Legion team.
Maclay will be joined by Lucas McKay, Heath Hidlay, Isaac Strohecker, Drew Hannon, Jacob Larson and Bodtorf.
Other seniors ending their careers Thursday were Hunter Wright, Colton Craig, Doug Harshbarger, Gage Reesman and Aaron Snook.
Travis Zook, the Mifflin County manager, not only saw his season come to end, but it also was the last game with this senior class.
“I can’t say enough about them,” Zook said, “John Michael (Maclay) came out for the first time and did an excellent job. Take for example Isaac Strohecker today. He slid into second early in the game and broke his nose. We did everything we could today to win. I thought we were well prepared.”
As for Snook, he is headed off to Juniata College to play football, but don’t be surprised someday if you hear that Mr. Snook is back playing baseball.