Mifflin County finishes tournament 3-1

From staff reports

ELKINS, W.Va – The Mifflin County American Legion baseball team made the long weekend trip to Elkins, West Virginia and came away with a tight loss in the defacto championship game.

Do to weather, the tournament lost about 20 games and the Post 287 team’s final game in the tournament pitted them against the only other remaining unbeaten, a team from Berkley County, West Virginia.

Mifflin County left the winning run on second base in the top of the seventh inning to drop the game 6-5 and finish 3-1 for the weekend.

“This was a good game today,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “Overall, we had an excellent tournament.”

Mifflin County finished the tournament having played three teams from the host state and one from Florida, something that Howard feels can only help his club.

“It certainly made us battle-tested,” Howard said. “We’ll come back tougher than we left and I thought we were pretty tough when we left.”

Shane Connahan had a great day against Berkley County, tripling and scoring the tying run in the third inning and hitting a go-ahead homer in the fourth.

Berkley County would have the last laugh in a game that had seven lead changes when Jason Ranson nailed down the save, keeping Mifflin County off the board in the final two innings.

Post 287 picked up a 9-5 win over Jefferson County, West Virginia on Saturday to improve to 3-0 in the tournament.

Drew Hannon and John Michael Maclay singled with two outs in the seventh to set up Carter Spade, who launched a go-ahead two-run double to give Mifflin County a 6-5 lead. Post 287 scored three more runs on three hits to give themselves some breathing room at 9-5.

“These guys believe in themselves,” Howard said of the comeback win. “They play inspired baseball and this game tippifed that.”

Issac Strohecker picked up the win with four innings of strong relief.

“We got excellent pitching from both Strohecker and Kyle Bodtorf (who started the game),” Howard said. “The credit goes to pitching coach Nate Saltzer.”

Mifflin County will be back in action tomorrow night when they host Altoona for a doubleheader with the first game beginning at 5:30 p.m.