Mifflin County falls in nail-biter game

Team now travels for winner-take-all

Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County second baseman Katie Riden, right, races to first base for the force out on Clearfield/Curwensville batter Lucy Billotte Thursday in Reedsville.

REEDSVILLE — Mifflin County looked to clinch the championship, but just could not overcome its early game mishaps leading Clearfield/Curwensville to take advantage and win 3-2 in a Little League District 5 softball game at Steve Snyder Park, Thursday.

“It was big for us. I mean Alansa Fedder came out throwing blazing hard,” Clearfield/Curwensville coach Bob Campolong said. “I don’t know if they were not quite ready for her the first couple innings. They started catching her at the end, but overall, good performance by her and we do what we always do: we made the routine plays.”

After a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, CF/CV struck in the bottom half of the third inning. CF/CV was the home team after a coin toss despite the game being played at Mifflin County.

Lauren Davidson led off the inning by reaching on an error — taking second on the misplay. CF/CV made Mifflin County pay by having Natalie Wischuck bunt Davidson over to third before Eva Bloom singled up the middle to bring Davidson home, giving CF/CV the first run of the game.

Samantha Campolong then got in on the action with a single of her own to score Bloom and extend the lead to 2-0.

“It was huge. I mean, they were battling the whole time,” Campolong said. “That was big for us to get those two runs through and get that whole thing started.”

Mifflin County had a few opportunities to get on the scoreboard early starting in the top half of the second, twice getting in a rundown situation, finishing in favor for CF/CV.

Another situation came in the top of the third with runners on second and third and one out. Fedder got out of the jame by getting Kenna Yoder to fly out to third and getting Karlee Fake swinging to get out of the jam.

“That hurt getting to third twice and having a couple runners on the bases and not getting them in,” Mifflin County coach Casey Yoder said. “Going against a tough team like that it makes it hard to come back.”

CF/CV was able to tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Bloom drew a walk and made her way to third after a couple of passed balls. Samantha Campolong singled Bloom home. Campolong led CF/CV at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

“Offensively I think we were on the ball all day. I don’t think we had too many Ks, and we put the ball in play which is what you’ve got to do and have them make mistakes,” Bob Campolong said. “They’re a solid team, no doubt about it. Hats off to them. We just had that one extra base hit to get us through it.”

That insurance run proved crucial as the Mifflin County bats caught fire late when Yoder led off with a single in the top of the sixth.

Yoder was then replaced by pinch-runner Fake as Alexis O’Brien approached the plate. O’Brien blasted one to left field where the fielder mishandled the ball, allowing Fake to score.

Then with one out, Dakota Hershberger hammered one up the middle that scored O’Brien and cut the deficit to 3-2. It was as close as Mifflin County got.

With Hershberger on second, Fedder got Jordyn Fisher to ground into a productive out at first for the second out, moving Hershberger to third. But Alaina Sharp grounded out to short to stop the rally.

O’Brien went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Mifflin County while Hershberger batted 2-for-3 with an RBI.

“I’m proud of the girls, they stepped up tonight,” Yoder said. “The last inning, they had a good rally going, but just came up a little bit short. We’ll go get them tomorrow.”

Arika Henry was in the circle for Mifflin County going five innings. She recorded a couple of strikeouts while walking four.

“Pitching was real good,” Yoder said of Henry. “She did well, she’s just a great pitcher period.”

Henry’s counterpart Fedder went all six innings for CF/CV, recording six strikeouts and only one walk for the game.

“I can’t say enough about her. She’s been like this all year long,” Campolong praised. “She throws hard. She throws different pitches, and honestly, she’s probably one of the best pitchers to come through Clearfield. She’s spectacular, the hotter it is the better she gets, so this is her whole deal. She is great.”

The two teams will square off again as Mifflin County (2-1) travels to Clearfield (4-1) for all the marbles today.

District 5 Minor 10 Little League softball

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County’s 10-year-old minor softball team advanced to Saturday’s championship game with stellar pitching performances by Falynn Reinard in a 19-1 win over State College, Monday, and 1-0 victory over Bald Eagle Area, Tuesday.

Reinard and Jalee Bodtorf had a combined no-hitter against State College with Reinard striking out eight and walking one over four innings of work.

Bodtorf got the last three outs for Mifflin County.

Reinard then pitched a complete game against Bald Eagle Area, striking out 13, walking three and allowing one hit.

She outlasted Sierra Albright’s 15 strikeout performance.

Mifflin County struck for the lone run by working 14 walks and scoring on a wild pitch.