Hit batsman draws win for MC, 4-3
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 4-3 win over Chambersburg in a Mid-Penn baseball game at Mifflin County High School.
It was ruled that Max Remy was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Isaiah Kearns crossed the plate with the game-winning run for Mifflin County on Tuesday.
“It’s great (to come back),” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. “Even in the sixth inning thereWe’ve had trouble picking each other up. Hunter Walker leads off with the big hit and it gets everyone up and starting to chat a little. It was a huge inning. It was great to come back like that especially going into the playoffs. Hopefully we can maintain this energy right through.”
Remy took one for the team to atone for a two-run, two-error play that gave Chambersburg a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Kearns set the tone early on the mound for the Huskies, using two double plays to evade trouble.
After a groundout, he walked the second batter of the game and ran a 3-0 count to the following hitter.
The Mifflin County right-hander came back to get the 3-hole hitter Carlin Christian swinging before getting a ground ball to end the first inning.
Johnathon Brown, the Chamberburg starter, was just as good early on.
Brown did something rare against the Huskies this season; he struck out John Michael Maclay and Kearns swinging to end the first inning and start a successful first trip through the lineup.
Kearns surrendered the first hit of the game, a line drive to right field by Chambersburg catcher Angelo Hronis, but his courtesy runner was quickly erased on a 6-4-3 double play.
Kearns walked the following batter, but got Bryce Fiegl swinging to end the second.
After throwing seven out of eight strikes in the first inning, Brown’s control quickly disappeared.
He hit Heath Hidlay with a pitch to start the inning and then got a force out that put Hayden Snook on first.
After having Remy 0-2, Brown lost him to put runners on first and second with one out, but the Huskies were unable to manufacture any runs.
Kearns escaped a one-out third inning walk with another inning-ending double play turned by Hidlay.
Bodtorf hit a laser to right with one out in the bottom half of the inning and the ball bounced hard and skipped over the incoming right fielder for a triple.
Maclay followed with an RBI single to center to score the Huskies’ first run of the day.
Kearns avoided trouble again in the top of the fourth with some help from his teammates.
With the Trojans attempting a double-steal, Maclay threw to Hidlay a few steps in front of second and the Mifflin County second baseman fired back to Maclay who applied the tag for the third out of the inning to preserve the run.
“We’ve tried it twice here,” Zook said of the run-saving play. “That was the first time we really executed it. The other times we had bad throws home. Hidlay put it right on the money and J.M. put (the tag) right on him. I was a little nervous when I saw the secondary lead the guy got. It was a well executed play though.”
Brown returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning.
Remy reached on a throwing error and Isaac Strohecker doubled to the right-field gap.
Brown used two groundouts and a strikeout to strand Remy and Strohecker on second and third to keep the Trojans’ deficit at one run.
Chambersburg added a run in the top of the seventh on Jesse Helman’s RBI single to set up the dramatic bottom of the seventh.
Hunter Walker led off with a single and Bodtorf was hit by a pitch.
That’s when Brown gave way to Drew Betz after going 6+ inning and allowing seven hits while striking out six Huskies.
After a Maclay strikeout, Kearns singled to score Walker and make it 3-2.
A passed ball scored Bodtorf to tie the game and Hilday was intentionally walked to set up the force and bring up Snook.
Snook grounded to short and Chambersburg shortstop Christian threw home and the catcher chased Kearns back to third without a throw.
Betz then delivering three straight balls to Remy before the pitch up and in was ruled to have hit him on the forearm.
“We had to have three runs to win it and (Betz) had plenty of time,” Zook said. “I don’t know if the nerves got to him. They needed that game for playoffs, so I don’t know if it got to him.”
Mifflin County (11-8, 10-6 Mid-Penn) will host Altoona today on senior day.