Legion splits in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. – Mifflin County’s American Legion baseball team got a big win Friday against the host team in the Frederick Wood Bat Tournament.

Post 287 was not so lucky against another Maryland squad, a team from the Washington suburb of Greenbelt that stung the locals in a 10-0 no hitter that ended after five innings.

The team plays one more today; the winner of that one gets into the final four bracket on Sunday.

Against Frederick, Mifflin County traded leads until the top of the fourth, when a JacobLarson double broke the stalemate. Larson’s two-bagger, with two outs, was the go-ahead run in a three-run, two-out rally.

“It was a long shot – we thought it was out of there,” Post 287 manager Bernie Howard said. “Then Kyle Bodtorf and Hunter Walker had back-to-back two-out hits and each knocked in another run.”

Frederick mounted a comeback, also with two down, in fifth. The three runs were not enough to even it up.

“Then we brought in (Heath) Hidlay and he struck out (the next better) with a man on base to end that inning,” Howard recounted. “He finished the last two innings.”

A base runner for Frederick in the sixth, the last chance for the club, was erased when John Michael Maclay gunned him down trying to steal.

Ty Bodtorf had the win in that game and Hidlay a save. Lucas McKay tripled and drove in two runs.

It was a different story with Greenbelt and its ace, Carmen Fitzgerald, whose arm drew nothing but praise from the local coach.

“We ran into a buzz saw of a pitcher,” he noted.

On three runners reached for Post 287; Larson walked twice and Isaac Maclay reached on a fielder’s choice.