MC sets records

MILROY – Two 15-year-olds from the Mifflin County Babe Ruth state runner-up placed in the league’s top ten individual statistics this past All-Star season.

The two players, Cade Attick and Ty Bodtorf, wrapped up great three year careers with their loss in the state finals.

Both Attick and Bodtorf made it into the top ten in at-bats. Attick finished with 106 and was eighth, while Bodtorf had 105 and was ninth. The all-time leader is Chris Tressler (2002-04) with 127.

In the hits department Bodtorf finished with 44 and putting him third, while Attick had 38 and was tied for 10th. Tressler leads with 51.

Bodtorf scored 37 runs and was ninth and Attick was right behind him in 10th place with 35. Tressler and Casey Zimmerman (04-06) are tied for first with 44 runs.

Bodtorf is the all-time leader in doubles with 15 and Attick is in fourth place with 12.

Bodtorf knocked in 37 runs for his career, which is now the number one spot in the the 60-year history of the league.

On the mound, Bodtorf had 15 appearances, which ranked him in a tie for sixth. Tressler is the all-time leader with 19. Bodtorf worked 65 innings good enough for sixth place. The Mifflin County American Legion’s heralded pitching coach Nate Saltzer (2004-06) had the most innings with 78.3.

In the strike out department Bodtorf finished with 57, which landed him in 10th place. Cody Heane (2006-08) had the most strike outs over his three year career with 123.

Attick finished his career on the mound with a perfect 9-0 record tying him for second place with Brian Billett, 9-0, (2004-06). Heane is in first place with a 13-0 mark.

Bodtorf was tied for seventh in the WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched) department with a 1.29. Attick was close behind with a 1.31 in ninth place. Heane is leader with a 0.68. To qualify a pitcher must throw at least 50 innings.

The three Mifflin County 15-year-old coaches also put their marks in the record books. Bill Corbin, an assistant coach, has now appeared in 11 Babe Ruth state finals (tops in the league), while the manager of the 15-year-old team Fred Zook has now been in 10 state finals. The other coach, Donny Attick, has now appeared in three, one as a player in 1977 and two as a coach in 2013 and 2014. He ranks in the top-22.

Zook became the first Mifflin County manager to get 100 wins as an All-Star manager as he finished the 2014 season with a 102-39 record. Zook is also the all-time leader with 13 District 7 titles and has taken a team to the Pennsylvania final four 12 times, another a league record.

Mifflin County’s 15-year-old team finished its three-year run with a 20-10 record good enough for seventh place. The class of 2009 is the all-time leader with 33 wins (33-5).

The three teams (13, 14 and 15) combined for an 11-8 record, which continues Mifflin County’s mark of having 47 seasons in a row without a losing record. The Mifflin County 14-year-olds won only one game in the state tournament, but it was a big as it eliminated Broomall-Newtown. Broomall won the 13 and 15-year-old state titles and with the Mifflin County win it knocked the Philadelphia team from sweeping the state. The only league to sweep the state was Mifflin County in 2003.

The second place finish by the 15-year-olds kept another mark in place as Mifflin County has now had a team make the final four 16 years in a row and it was the 69th time overall.

By making the state finals, Mifflin County extended its Pennsylvania state record to 41 times. Phoenixville is second with 23. Mifflin County also has the most state runners-up with 21 teams.

Mifflin County finished is 60th season of All-Star play with a record of 622-276 (.693) and has played 898 games just two short of the 900 game mark.