Huskies unable to keep up with Colts

Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County's Max Oburn slides into home touching the plate with his hand beating Cedar Cliff catcher Donovan Ball's tag attempt in the bottom half of the third inning Monday in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — Cedar Cliff erupted early and kept the pressure on Mifflin County as the Huskies’ offense couldn’t keep up in a 14-6 Mid-Penn Conference baseball loss Monday afternoon.

After recording two quick outs to start the game, the Colts struck for three extra-base hits to take a 3-0 lead.

Donovan Ball lined a double to right-center field that smacked off the fence. Teammates joked that Ball needed to hit the gym to actually hit the ball over the fence. The punchline wasn’t needed for Camden New, who turned on the first pitch he saw from Colby Bodtorf for a two-run home run to left.

The Colts weren’t done as Tayvon Kelley decided he wanted in on the fun, and he too turned on Bodtorf’s initial delivery and launched it for a solo home run.

The Huskies turned to four pitchers — Bodtorf, Cole Schlegel, Cam Shawver and Bryce Dobson — and it wasn’t that they couldn’t control their pitches, walking a combined five batters, the Rams’ offense was just that lethal.

“That was an old fashioned spanking,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “They’re one of the best hitting lineups we’ve seen in a long time and they showed it today. Unfortunately, for us, getting in a hole early is a recipe for disaster. You make a small mistake when you’re behind and good team takes advantage of it all the time. That’s what happened today.”

The Rams had nine different players score at least once, eight hitters drive in a run and six hitters finish with a multi-hit performance.

The biggest day belonged to Ball, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

“We played these guys toe-to-toe the first game,” Howard said. “I think we knew this would be a hard game, but I thought we were ready for it. They started off hot and stayed hot. … They were very aggressive and I can’t fault our pitching. Our kids were throwing strikes.”

The Huskies, meanwhile, couldn’t sustain their offensive success. They did, however, save their best for last, striking for three runs in the seventh inning.

Ethan Eichhorn, Bryce Dobson and Brian Yetter each drew a walk to start the inning and load the bases. Eichhorn scored on a wild pitch while Dobson scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Evan Smith and Yetter scored on an infield single.

Yetter got on base in each of his four at-bats, drawing three walks and driving in two on an RBI single in the home half of the third. The junior right fielder drove in both Brando Souders and Max Oburn, who reached via a single and a walk, respectively.

Tyreen Smalley was the lone Husky batter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

The Huskies, though, continued to hurt themselves and when they had a chance to score their first run following an Evan Smith double — the team’s only extra-base hit — the Colts picked off pinch runner Jared King at second.

It was an all-around uncharacteristic game by Mifflin County, who looks to put an end to not only a three game losing skid, but a streak where the Huskies have struggled to be competitive.

“We have to have a short memory and be ready to go,” Howard said. “… All you can do is talk to them. We talked about accountability and responsibility of the team. We have excellent athletes and they need to bounce back. We’ll see.”

The Huskies’ JV team won, 17-1.

Mifflin County hosts Carlisle on Wednesday.

Cedar Cliff 14, Mifflin County 6

Cedar Cliff 320 214 2 — 14-15-3

Mifflin County 002 100 3 — 6-5-3

WP: Trey Law. LP: Colby Bodtorf. SO: Law, Griffin Snyder, Connor Gavlick 2, Ethan Rex 2 (CC); Bodtorf, Cole Schlegel, Cam Shawver 2, Bryce Dobson (MC). BB: Law 2, Snyder 2, Rex 3 (CC); Bodtorf, Schlegel 2, Shawver 2 (MC). HR: Camden New, Tayvon Kelley (CC). 2B: Law, Donovan Ball (CC); Evan Smith (MC). MH: Law 2-3, Ball 4-5, New 2-3, Kelley 2-4, Chris Dare 2-4, Nate Uzelac 3-5 (CC); Tyreen Smalley 2-3 (MC). RBIs: Bobby Whalen 2, Law, Ball 2, New 2, Kelley 2, Cameron Goodling, Uzelac 2 (CC); Brian Yetter 2, Noah Wright, Tyreen Smalley (MC).