Pitching key for MC

MILROY – Well, the District 7 14-year-old tournament will go down in the books as being somewhat different.

For the first time since District 7 was formed in 1968, a championship ended in a tie.

Perry County and Mifflin County each won a game and then the managers decided not to play a third game. They were named co-champions as both teams will be in the state playoffs. Mifflin County won the first game, 11-6 and fell in the second, 14-1.

Mifflin County will open against the defending state champions, West End of Williamsport at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Then on Friday, Mifflin County takes on Levittown (District 3) at 8 p.m.; on Saturday, Ingomar-Franklin (District 6, Pittsburgh area), 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Broomall-Newtown (District 1).

Other teams in the state tournament are District 2, ChesCo Mustangs (Chester County), Altoona, District 8 and District 4, (Hazleton area).

Perry County opens up with ChesCo Mustangs, Thursday at 2 p.m.; Friday, Ingomar-Franklin, 11 a.m.; Saturday, District 4, 5 p.m. and Sunday, Altoona, 5 p.m.

The semifinals are set for Monday, July 21 and the finals, July 22. If West End doesn’t make the state finals, then the state finalists will advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, which are being held in Williamsport. If West End is in the finals then a consolation game will have to be played to determine the third-place team.

Mike Hostetler, the Mifflin County manager, now has a 1-1 record in All-Star play and an overall record of 35-21.

Pitching was a problem in district tournament for Mifflin County. The only bright spot was Kyle Peachey, who won the first game in relief as he pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He walked one and gave up no hits and struck out nine.

The rest of staff, Carson King, Austin Herring, Chris Elliott, Drew Williams, Joey Taptich and Marcus Donahey gave up 17 walks and 14 hits. With Peachey’s statistics the WHIP is 2.65 and without Peachey’s numbers, it is 3.60.

Mifflin County committed nine errors in the two games and seven in the 14-1 loss.

Only two players have at least two hits, Peachey and Aaron Wagner. Mifflin County only has two extra-base hits, a triple from Peachey and a double from Caleb Vega.

The 14-1 loss for Mifflin County snapped a 32-game winning streak against Perry County, the longest streak against any team that Mifflin County has played in its 60 years of competition. The 13-run margin in defeat was in a four-way tie for the ninth largest. It was the largest loss by Mifflin County in a District 7 game.