Whacky ending doesn’t help Post 287 any in tournament

FREDERICK, Md. — Mifflin County was able to beat the local fireworks show, but in what coach Bernie Howard calls “one of the most bizarre finishes I can remember,” Post 287 fell to Columbia, 4-3, in American Legion baseball.

Post 287 loaded the bases in the seventh and after an infield fly rule was called, Evan Mock broke for home where he was called safe.

Columbia challenged the play stating Mock illegally hit the catcher. The umpires agreed and threw Mock out of the game, leaving Post 287 without any position players.

Mifflin County had to forfeit the game, falling by one run.

“We had a chance to go into bottom of the seventh tied at four,” Howard said. “The local minor league park had a fireworks show scheduled and we were informed the lights were going to be turned off for it, but we’d be able to pick the game up after they were done.

“We beat the fireworks show due to unfortunate circumstances. But we played well and have to hope to bounce back tonight.”

Post 287 outhit the Patriots, 7-6. Mock was a home run shy of the cycle with a 3-for-4 performance while Tyreen Smalley went 2-for-4 with a double.

Holden Yocum was credited with the loss after a strong relief performance.

Mifflin County plays Sykesville tonight in its second game of the Frederick Wooden Bat Tournament.