MILROY – When a Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team takes the field, you just don’t know what will be the results.
It’s like going out to a restaurant – sometimes you get a meal that you can’t wait to talk about and sometimes not.
Scott Reigle, the manager of the Mifflin County team, is hopeing that his team turns out to be like a meal servered in a five-star restaurant.
But, you just never know when you’re dealing with 13-year-old players.
Their all-star experience starts at 4 p.m. Saturday against Perry County in the District 7 tournament at Armagh Memorial Field. The second game will be played on Monday at 7 p.m. with an ‘if neccessary’ game either Wednesday or Thursday.
Reigle, who is the most experienced all-star manager or coach in the Mifflin County League, will be coaching on his 24th all-star team. Reigle is the longtime veteran coach from Reedsville who is in his 17th year as manager and is in his 43rd year on the Reedsville staff.
He has an overall record of 374-178. As an all-star manager Reigle’s record is 65-25 and he has won seven district titles and has guided two teams – both 15-year-olds – to a state championship, in 2002 and 2008.
Both of Reigle’s state title teams ended up in the Mid-Atlantic Regional final four – in fact his 2002 team won the title and advanced to the World Series in Connersville, Ind., where it finished in a tie for fifth, the highest finish ever by a Mifflin County Babe Ruth team.
(13)?Reigle is being assisted by Kevin Reigle, who last summer was the manager of the Mifflin County 14-year-old all-star team that won a state championship, and Craig Bitner, who was an assistant coach on that team. Both Kevin Reigle and Bitner are from the Reedsville team.
All 10 league teams are representated on the all-star squad. Burnham has the most players, three, in Jared Hannon, Max Oburn and Drew Westover.
Three teams have two men on the team: Milroy, Brody Wilson and Ty Narehood; Belltown, Tyreen Smalley and Andrew Willard; and McVeytown, Avery Haubrick and Brody Kenepp.
Also named to the team are Belleville’s Jared King, Yeagertown’s Isaac Matthews, Lewistown’s Josh Nichols, Strodes Mills’ Nathan Poche, Beaver Springs’ Gavin Swineford and Reedsville’s Connor Yoder.
“Naturally they are 13-year-olds,” Reigle stated. “We have some pretty good athletes, but we havn’t played together. I think as we continue down the tournament trail, we can become a good tournament team.”
The winner of the district tournament will advance to the state tournament in Altoona starting on July 16.
Mifflin County will enter Saturday’s 4 p.m. game with a 613-268 record.
Notes: The regular-season award ceremony will take place before the second game of the 13-year-old tournament at 6 p.m. on Monday. … The state championship board behind the center field bleachers has been updated with all of the state title teams from 2000-2013 and also the three teams that went to a Babe Ruth World Series. … Altoona now has been the host of the 13-year-old tournament for the past four years.