Mifflin County wins big to open states

Shane Dippery has strong game on mound

Sentinel photo by MATTHEW STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Shane Dippery slides into third base ahead of the throw to Valley’s third baseman Dustin Kiddish Thursday in Belleville. Mifflin County won, 10-0, in five innings.

BELLEVILLE — The Mifflin County Babe Ruth All-Stars enjoyed their first game in Belleville as they rolled past Valley of Hazelton, 10-0.

The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Mifflin County will play again today at 5:30 p.m. against Altoona. This will be a rematch of the 2013 13-year-old state final between the two teams.

Mifflin County pounded out 11 hits with many of them going right under the gloves of the Valley fielders.

It took Mifflin County a couple of innings to get going, but once the hits started to come, there was nothing the Valley pitchers or fielders could do to stop it.

“We got some timely hits,” Mifflin County manager Bub Parker said. “The first time through the lineup we were a little nervous and excitable, but after that we came up with some timely hits. We took advantage of some hits that fell in.”

Mifflin County jumped on top in the third inning as the top of the lineup produced three runs off three hits. Blane Dickson led off with a single and later moved to second on a stolen base.

Noah Wright hit a pop up that fell right behind second base and Dickson raced home for Mifflin County’s first run of the contest. Evan Smith then ripped Mifflin County’s only extra-base of the night –a triple. Levi Wise scored Smith with a ground ball.

Meanwhile on the mound, Shane Dippery was in command of the game.

Dippery allowed hits to Valley’s first two batters — a Seth Derr single and Mark Edne double — to open the game.

But that was it.

Dustin Kiddish went down on stirkes and Brandon Dixon flew out to left field. That fly ball turned into a double play as Derr was called out for leaving third base to early on the ball to left field.

Dippery had five strikeouts, walked one and gave up three hits.

“Shane is a competitor,” Parker explained, “I coached him for the past two years and watched him for three. When he is healthy, he is the best pitcher in this league.”

In the fourth, Mifflin County sent 10 men to the plate and scored seven times. Wise had a two run single, while Camden Shawver, Jace Shoemaker and Blaine Davis each had RBI base hits. The other two other runs scored on passed balls.

Only two Mifflin County players — Wright and Davis — had multiple hits. They each finished with two.

NOTES: Mifflin County is now 26-13 in opening games of the Pennsylvania 13-15-year-old tournament and has a 67-30 record for opening days in the state tournament for all ages… Mifflin County now has a 10-6 record against Valley… Cade Crossgrove scored a run for Mifflin County as a pinch runner and Seth Benson as a pinch hitter in the fourth… In the other two games Thursday, West End, Williamsport shutout Pennsbury, 11-0, and 21st Ward, Roxbury beat Media, 9-8 in nine innings…