Huskies’ offense thunders out the Herd
Trio of batters have multiple hits for MC
LEWISTOWN — A day after Mifflin County struck for 10 unanswered runs in a comeback victory, the Huskies turned around and 10-run ruled Carlisle, 14-4, in Mid-Penn Conference softball Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies’ bats couldn’t be silenced early as they struck for six quick runs in the first inning.
Olivia Ahern was the center of the team’s first rally, doubling to right-center field. The double drove in the Huskies’ first two batters, Madison Myers and Cassidy Wilson, who reached on a walk and an infield error, respectively.
Ahern moved up to third on a Jade Morningstar single, and even the Huskies’ outs were productive as Alyssa Schnell drove in Ahern on a sacrifice fly to deep left.
The Huskies (2-0) then tallied three consecutive hits — a single by Chloe Fitzgerald, a double off the bat of Madison Ream and a single from Gianna Hoppel — helped drive it another two runs while Fitzgerald came around to score on a wild pitch. All six of the team’s runs were scored before two outs were recorded.
“That’s exactly what we figured with this team,” McCurdy said. “This team can hit. They get real streaky with it and they put together runs. That’s their strength, no doubt.”
That wasn’t their only strong offensive showing of the game as the Huskies pushed across another five in the fourth inning, putting together a streak of six hitters reaching base.
Morningstar reached on an infield single before Victoria Nichols walked. Morningstar came around to score on a Fitzgerald single up the middle.
Just then, a pitching change was made as Carlisle pulled starter Anna Renninger from the game in favor of Kiley Barnhart.
That didn’t stop the Huskies — Ream hit the ball right off first base and got a favorable hop into right field to score Nichols and put Fitzgerald and Ream in scoring position. Hoppel kept the pressure on the Thundering Herd, loading the bases on a walk. Josalynn Kibe then turned her fortunes around in her at-bat turning an 0-2 count into a full count before singling up the middle.
The Huskies then tacked on two more runs after the Herd committed another infield error, their fourth of the game, to score Ream and Hoppel.
Mifflin County also scored a run in the second after Wilson got hit by a pitch to start the frame. She moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before making her way to third on an Ahern single, coming around to score on Schnell’s second sac fly of the game.
It all helped lead Mifflin County to the decisive fifth inning. Only needing two runs to win, Morningstar kicked things off with a double to center that one-hopped off the fence. Nichols was then hit by a pitch, only to be erased from the base paths on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Fitzgerald with Morningstar advancing to third.
Morningstar scored and Fitzgerald advanced to third a sac fly from Ream. Fitzgerald then scored the walk-off on a wild pitch.
Ahern, Morningstar and Fitzgerald all went 2-for-3 while Ream had a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate.
“We changed up the lineup a little bit today to see some new faces out there,” McCurdy said. “That’s probably going to continue, but this team can hit.”
The lineup isn’t the only place McCurdy has options availbe. He has the same expense when it comes to his pitching. It paid off early as starter Devanie Condrack allowed no runs off two hits and walk. She also had three strikeouts.
She then handed the ball off to Morgan Weston who had a tough go of things in the fourth and didn’t get any help from the defense.
The Thundering Herd struck for all four of their runs in the fourth on three hits, one walk and two errors.
“Devanie is a sophomore and I said from the very beginning that we’re going to look at all of these pitchers,” McCurdy said. “We have to sort them and see who gets the job done. I’m not sure what happened to Morgan there. She’s definitely thrown well in practice, but it looked like she took a little bit off out there. I’m glad she was able to go back out there for a second inning because that boosted her confidence.”
Weston recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth.
Mifflin County’s JV team also won, defeating Carlisle, 10-3. Leesha Shilling doubled and drove in a run as part of a 3-for-4 day.
The Huskies return to action Monday at home against Central Mountain.
Mifflin County 14, Carlisle 4, 5 innings
Carlisle 000 40 — 4-5-4
Mifflin County 610 52 — 14-11-3
WP: Devanie Condrack. LP: Anna Renninger. SO: Renninger, Kiley Barnhart (C); Condrack 4, Morgan Weston (MC); BB: Renninger 2, Barnhart (C); Condrack, Weston (MC). 2B: Olvia Ahern, Jade Morningstar, Madison Ream (MC). MH: Ahern 2-for-4, Morningstar 2-for-4, Madison Ream 3-for-3 (MC). RBIs: Barnhart, Kirtsten Kauffman, Ashley Glenn (C); Ahern 2, Alyssa Schnell 2, Chloe Fitzgerald, Ream 2, Gianna Hoppel, Josalynn Kibe (MC).
Mifflin County 6, Carlisle 2
CARLISLE –It was an eventful seventh inning — both good and bad — for Mifflin County in its 6-2 win over Carlisle in Mid-Penn Conference baseball Wednesday afternoon.
After the Huskies got some run support in the top half with three runs scored to stretch their lead to four, Brian Yetter had a tough go of things as he closed the game.
Yetter gave up a leadoff single before back-to-back walks to put the tying run at the plate with no outs.
Bernie Howard turned to Cole Schlegel to get out of the jam and he didn’t disappoint, striking out the first two batters before catching a towering foul ball.
“Cole Schlegel was certainly lights out. We couldn’t have asked for a better performance from him. He did a terrific job to save the game after (starter Colby) Bodtorf’s terrific outing,” Howard said. “He definitely did a great job for us.”
Yetter and Noah Wright each picked up two hits for the Huskies.
Mifflin County (1-1) travels to Red Land Monday.
Mifflin County 6, Carlisle 2
Mifflin County 030 000 3 — 6-8-1
Carlisle 010 001 0 — 2-6-4
WP: Colby Bodtorf. LP: Hosinski. SO: Bodtorf 3, Brian Yetter 3, Cole Schlegel 2 (MC); Hosinski 4, Chestnut 2, Wolzuer, Warren (C). BB: Bodtorf, Yetter 5 (MC); Hosinksi 3, Wolaver 2, Warren (C). 2B: Evan Mock (MC) Hersh (C). MH: Noah Wright 2-for-4, Yetter 2-for-3 (MC); Hersh 2-for-4 (C). RBI: Max Oburn 2, Yetter, Mock (MC); Barrows (C).