13s suffer rare setback
ALTOONA – ChiChester scored two runs in the first inning and two in the sixth as it pulled off a 4-2 win over the Mifflin County 13-year-olds Saturday.
The loss eliminated Mifflin County from the state final four. It marked the first time since 2000 that a Mifflin County 13-year-old team failed to advance.
It also marked the first time ChiChester (District 6) beat Mifflin County.
ChiChester used a triple by Jason Riberio to spark its first inning eruption. Riberio knocked in Joey Renzi, who had singled to open the bottom of the first. Hunter Killinen then hit a sacrifice fly to score Riberio.
Mifflin County got on the scoreboard in the third inning as Drew Westover singled, stole second and came home on a Nathan Poche base hit.
In the bottom of the sixth, ChiChester scored twice Jimmy Cassidy and John Lavin singled and both runners later scored on two Mifflin County errors.
Poche threw into the sixth as Cassidy and Lavin both singled off of him to open the inning. Isaac Matthews then finished out the game for Mifflin County.
Poche gave up six hits, walked four and struck out four. Matthews struck out two in his inning of work.
Mifflin County tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh. Max Oburn singled and Avery Haubrick reached on an error.
Westover followed by also getting on base by a ChiChester miscue as Oburn scored. With runners on first and third and nobody out, it looked like Mifflin County was about to rally, but the game ended as Killinen struck out the side.
Mifflin County only had three singles from Oburn, Westover and Poche.
“We just didn’t hit the ball today,” said Scott Reigle, the Mifflin County manager, “We hit it at people and they made the plays. I thought Nathan deserved a better fate. He and Isaac did their jobs on the mound.”
In the fifth, Haubrick opened with a walk and it looked like Mifflin County was going to put together a big inning as Westover drove a ball to gap in right field, but the ChiChester right fielder, Cassidy, made a running catch to save an extra-base hit.