Mifflin County softball wins Mid-Penn championship

Sentinel photo by LINDSEY SMITH
Mifflin County's Hanna Kanagy winds up to throw a pitch during the Mid Penn Conference championship game against Greencastl-Antrim on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Newville, PA. The Huskies won 7-2 for their first conference title in program history.

NEWVILLE — Some may call it beginners luck, but Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy calls it a week of well-rounded softball for the Huskies, who clinched their first-ever Mid-Penn Conference title with a 7-2 win over Greencastle-Antrim on Thursday.

Both teams had a long road in front of them to make it to the conference final, but Mifflin County had a trick up its sleeve that had been working throughout the Mid-Penn tournament — the early lead.

“I always tell them when we are away it’s very important to get a lead early because it settles them down,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “There were a lot of nerves in this game, especially when these games mean so much. Giving them three games this week with that kind of atmosphere only helps them.”

The Huskies stormed out to take a 4-0 lead in the first inning after capitalizing off two Greencastle errors and a two-run double by Hanna Kanagy.

Kanagy went to work in the circle and silenced Greencastle’s powerful lineup, allowing just five hits and striking out four.

“I was throwing my fastball and my curveball and trusting everyone behind me,” Kanagy said. “And getting that early lead always makes me feel good because I don’t have a lot of pressure.”

Greencastle allowed six unearned runs off five errors.

“Those couple errors and misplayed balls, you can’t do that to a good team because they will capitalize every time,” Greencastle-Antrim coach Mark DeCarli said. “And when you get down to a good team like that its hard to come back especially with a good pitcher like that. We weren’t making solid contact with her all day until the sixth and seventh inning.”

Mifflin County will take on the winner of Monday’s District 6 Class 6A semifinal game between State College and Altoona. The district championship game will be played on Wednesday.