Records keep falling for 14s
LEHIGHTON — Last season, the Mifflin County 13-year-olds rewrote the Mifflin County Babe Ruth record book.
On Sunday, as 14-year-olds, the team added to that lore.
Mifflin County pounded Council Rock Newtown, 25-0, in five innings before the game was stopped by the 10-run rule.
The game was only 7-0 going into the fifth inning when Mifflin County exploded for 18 runs on 15 hits.
Mifflin County will play Broomall-Newtown today at 6 p.m. Broomall, along with its District One neighbor, Drexel Hill, is 2-0 along with Mifflin County.
Cole Knable had quite a first day for a Mifflin County all-star. He pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out two, walking no one. He gave up four hits. With the bat, he produced four hits including a double and drove in three runs.
But he wasn’t the only player with a big game. Colby Bodtorf had four hits and drove in five runs. Ethan Eichhorn and Gage Schaeffer each had three hits. Teagan Eddinger and Hunter Wolfley each had two hits after they came off the bench in rhe fifth inning.
“The bench was just itching to get into the game,” said Justin Yoder, the Mifflin County manger. “I knew in warm ups that Cole was going to be on. He was keeping the ball low.”
The Mifflin County bench came up with seven hits in the fifth inning. After the first out in the fifth inning, Mifflin County sent 13 men to the plate before Council Rock recorded the second out.
For the game, Eichhorn had two doubles while Hassinger, Schaeffer and Knable each had one.
In the field, Mifflin County turned one double play and Wolfley made an outstanding catch in left field in the fifth inning.
As for the record book, the outcome was a tie for fifth for the biggest margin of victory and the 25-0 spread tied for first for the biggest shutout margin. The 18 runs in the fifth were the second most in a game; the record is 20 held by the 2010 13-year-olds against Perry County.
Mifflin County 6, Valley 0
LEHIGHTON — Mifflin County used a strong pitching performance to win its opening game in the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth 14-year-old tournament.
Brycen Hassinger and Colby Bodtorf combined for a one-hitter as Mifflin County beat Valley of Hazleton, 6-0.
Hassinger went the first five innings as he struck out five, walked four and gave up one hit. Bodtorf finished the shutout with two innings of work. Only one Valley base runner reached in the two innings that Bodtorf pitched.
Daywn Concepcion reached on an error in the seventh, but Bodtorf responded with three straight strikeouts.
Concepcion had Valley’s only hit, a single in the fourth.
Mifflin County scored two runs in the first inning as Bodtorf drew a leadoff walk and one out later, Ethan Eichhorn blasted a double for an RBI. Gage Schaeffer followed with a walk and Jaxson Pupo also drew a base on balls to load the bases.
Casey Conner then watched four balls go out of the strike zone and his walk forced in Eichhorn for run No. 2.
Mifflin County didn’t score again until the fifth as Pupo walked with one out and Brando Souders was sent in to pinch run. Hassinger followed with another walk and Conner was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Cole Schlegel walked to force in the first run of the inning. Then Connor Cherry lofted a fly ball to left that scored Hassinger, but on the play Conner tried to go to third and was tagged out for a double play.
In the seventh, Mifflin County put the game away with two insurance runs.
Bodtorf led off with a single and stole second and third. After two fly balls to the outfield, Schaeffer came up with his second hit of the day, an infield single that drove in Bodtorf. Schaeffer advanced to second on a throwing error by the Valley shortstop. Schaeffer moved to third on a wild pitch and then Pupo drove him home with a single to left center.
Mifflin County finished with seven hits and the only two extra base hits — Eichhorn’s double in the first and Schlegel, who had a double in the fourth inning.