14s in a hole after big loss

MILROY – On the opening night of the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth 14-year-old tournament, Mifflin County took the defending state champion, West End of Williamsport, to extra innings before losing, 2-1.

Mifflin County played an excellent game.

On Friday, Mifflin County took on the District 3 champion, Levittown, and this time the word excellent didn’t apply to Mifflin County.

Levittown remained unbeaten in pool play as it beat Mifflin County 12-2. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Mifflin County will play tonight again against Ingomar/Franklin/Park (District 6) at 8 p.m.

Kyle Peachey led off the first for Mifflin County with a base hit and things looked up for the local all-stars. It went down in a hurry as Peachey was prompltly picked off at first.

Peachey’s hit was one of only two for Mifflin County. Davis Wagner had a single in the fourth inning.

But, Mifflin County had another problem too. It gave Levittown eight walks and nine hits. Mike Hostetler, the Mifflin County manager, used a trio of pitchers, Aaron Kanagy, Hunter Goss and Aaron Wagner.

“It was the same old story as we just couldn’t hit,” Hostetler said. “They hit the ball and we just didn’t hit. And we just couldn’t throw strikes. I think it’s in their heads.”

Kanagy started for Mifflin County and gave up two runs in the first inning on three walks and one hit. Nate Erhard and Noah Andress each had sacrifice flies.

In the second, Levittown added another run on a base hit from Jake Martell.

But, it was in third that Levittown started to pull away. It also marked the end of the road for Kanagy. He got himself in trouble as Erhard led off with a single and Zach DeMarchis followed with a walk. Nick Price loaded the bases as he got hit by a pitch.

One out later, Tyller Dyzell unloaded the bases with three run double.

Goss came out to start the fourth, but he didn’t retire a batter. Aaron Wagner finally came in and DeMarchis greeted him with a two run double. Then Price layed down a squeeze bunt and one, but two runner raced home.

Mifflin County got a run in the first as Nick Hostetler reached on an error, went to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a passed ball.

The local all-stars’ other run came in the fourth as Kanagy reached on an error. Davis Wagner followed with a single and Jake Yoder reached on a fielder’s choice as Wagner was erased at second base. But when Price, the Levittown shortstop, tried to pull off the double play his throw went wide at first and base and Kanagy scored.

Perry County, the other District 7 team in the tournament, remained undefeated with a 3-0 win over Broomall-Newtown.

In other 14-year-old action on Friday, Ingomar beat ChesCo, 5-4, and West End remained unbeaten with a 7-4 win over Altoona.

At Altoona in the 13-year-old tournament, Altoona beat Valley of Bucks County (District 3), 31-1 in three innings, and Broomall downed Ingomar, 16-1 in four innings.

At the 15-year-old tournament in Drums, Broomall beat Aston Valley, 13-3. West End and Valley were tied, 7-7, at the end of seven and are scheduled to resume play at 9 a.m. today. A message posted to Twitter by West End’s scorekeeper late Friday night indicated a change in the final score – a run awarded to Valley after the game ended; the sixth and seventh innings were played under protest – and the possibility of innings being replayed. The outcome could affect other teams including Mifflin County; both Valley and West End are in the mix for the four bracket spots at the completion of pool play.