Post 287 splits weekend

MANSFIELD – Mifflin County competed against teams from all over North America at Mansfield University this past weekend and came away with a 2-2 record and third place finish.

Mifflin County opened the tournament with a 17-5 steamrolling of a team from Columbia, Maryland.

Post 287 rolled up seven extra-base hits including homers from Jacob Larson and Lucas McKay.

Hunter Walker went 3-for-3 and Issac Strohecker added two doubles at the plate.

Nine different Mifflin County players knocked in at least one run.

Ty Bodtorf claimed the win with two innings of excellent relief.

Mifflin County then dropped a well-pitched game 6-3 to a team from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Heath Hidlay was outdueled by Blaine Miller, with each going the distance.

The only extra-base hit for Mifflin County was turned in by Drew Hannon, who also knocked in two of the three Post 287 runs.

After splitting the Saturday games, Post 287 started play on Sunday with a heartbreaking 4-3 eight-inning loss to the same Columbia team they bashed by a dozen runs the day before.

Bodtorf fell victim to an eighth inning throwing error, picking up the loss after working just the final inning.

David Windner provided a solid complete-game effort for Columbia, striking out seven Mifflin County batters while walking just one.

Lucas McKay registered his second multi-hit game of the tournament, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

John Michael Maclay knocked in another run, giving him three to that point in the tournament.

McKay finished up a great weekend in the final game, tossing a complete game in a 5-2 victory over Bradford County.

“The only place we were going to see competition like this is a tournament,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “I thought Bradford and the Canadian team were particularly strong.”

The recently-graduated Mifflin County Husky struck out four batters on the day and benefitted from his offense scoring all five runs in the final three innings.

Post 287 tied the game in the sixth when Ty Bodtorf started off the inning with a pinch-hit double and was knocked in by an Strohecker double, one of his five extra-base hits on the weekend.

Mifflin County went ahead when Strohecker scored on a suicide squeeze and added two more insurance runs in the top of the final inning.

Carter Spade knocked in two runs and Issac Maclay added his first RBI of the weekend.

“We saw excellent pitching after the first game,” Howard said. “Every pitcher in the four games did an excellent job. I can’t say enough about Lucas McKay in the fourth game.”

Post 287 now sits at 14-5 (8-2) on the season and will return to league play tonight when they travel to Beech Creek at 6 p.m.