Pep talk leads to Huskies’ rally, victory

Mifflin County strikes for five runs in fourth

Senitnel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County's Josie Kibe, slides safely into home as the throw arrives to Cumberland Valley’s catcher Caitlyn Saccary in Mid-Penn Conference softball Wednesday in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County’s softball team broke out of its offensive slump thanks to some tough love in a 7-3 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory over Cumberland Valley on Wednesday.

Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, Huskies’ assistant coach Craig Bubb was animated in his between innings speech to the girls. Mifflin County had only two hits up to that point but Bubb’s fiery address sparked the Huskies into a five-run, five-hit inning and in the process snapped a two-game losing skid.

Mifflin County (5-2, 4-2), who had only four hits in the past two games –both shutout losses — finished with 10 hits in the game.

“When a team’s in a slump like this it almost feels inevitable. I was waiting for the opportunity for them to break out of that and they did,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “Coming back on a team like they did speaks volumes. They keep fighting and that’s what I love about this team.”

The Huskies started their rally with the bottom of the lineup providing the spark. No. 8 hitter Maddie Ream doubled to center and Josie Kibe singled to left putting runners on first and third with one out. Maddie Myers followed with an RBI knock up then middle bring home Ream. Jade Morningstar loaded the bases when she reached on catcher’s interference. Olivia Ahern brought home Kibe with a groundout to first.

Chloe Fitzgerald and Alyssa Schnell followed with back-to-back RBI singles. Morningstar came across on an error to close out the scoring in the fifth.

The Huskies added two more runs in the sixth when Ream connected with her second double of the game. Kibe singled to put runners on first and third and Morningstar brought them home with a smoking, two-run double to right field.

“The bottom of our lineup came through offensively turning the lineup over. I’m trying to get some of our more consistent hitters in the top of our lineup,” McCurdy said. “It was good to see Jade hit that ball. That’s the kind of ball we’ve been seeing her hit all season. We know she’s capable of that and Maddie (Ream) too. She’s not seeing a whole lot of time defensively, but I’m putting her in their every offensive opportunity we have.”

Morgan Weston picked up the victory with Devanie Condrack getting the save in relief. Weston went four innings, giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Condrack struck out three and walked two in three innings of shutout ball.

“All our pitchers have had a start and each have a win. We’ve been using a pitcher by committee approach but they will start to separate themselves soon,” McCurdy said. “Morgan was effective for three innings. The fourth she started to struggle. She’s was getting too far forward and her ball was dying at the plate. She made the correction after going out to visit her to finish the fourth inning.”

The Eagles (4-3, 3-3) took a 1-0 lead with a run in the third when Alyssa Flanagan plated Lizzy Burnett with a knock to left. Cumberland Valley made it 3-0 with two coming across in the fourth. Kenzi Kapp scored on a wild pitch and Burnett hit a triple to the right-field fence scoring Olivia Hamme.

Flanagan led the Eagles with two hits. Schnell, Ream and Kibe collected two hits apiece. Morningstar finished with two RBIs.

Mifflin County hosts State College in Mid-Penn action on Tuesday.

“In this league, everyone knocks each other off. If we can get through the first cycle of the league with only two losses, I’ll be happy,” McCurdy said. “Hopefully, we’ll carry some momentum into our next game. All the games in this league are competitive. you have to show up for every game.”

Mifflin County 7, Cumberland Valley 3

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WP: Morgan Weston. LP: Lauren Kruger. SV: Devanie Condrack. SO: Lizzy Burnett (CV); Condrack 3, Weston 2 (MC). BB: Ali Wagner 4, Burnett (CV); Weston 3, Condrack 2 (MC). 3B: Burnett (CV). 2B: Maddie Ream 2, Jade Morningstar (MC). MH: Alyssa Flanagan 2-3 (CV); Alyssa Schnell 2-3, Ream 2-4, Josie Kibe 2-2 (MC). RBI: Flanagan, Burnett (CV); Morningstar 2, Maddie Myers, Olivia Ahern, Chloe Fitzgerald, Schnell (MC).

Baseball

Cumberland Valley 3, Mifflin County 2

MECHANICSBURG — Usually it’s a good recipe when a team outhits and has more extra-base hits than its opposition, but that wasn’t the case for Mifflin County when it lost 3-2 to Cumberland Valley in Mid-Penn Conference baseball Wednesday afternoon.

The Huskies collected 10 hits with three of them going for doubles. Brian Yetter and Noah Wright each had a multi-hit game and doubled.

The most disappointing part of the loss isn’t how the team performed at the plate, but having starting pitcher Tristin Lockett have to take credit for the loss.

“Tristin Lockett deserved a better outcome today,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “He pitched a terrific game. … He worked his way out of a couple of jams including one with runners on second and third with no outs, letting up just one run.”

Mifflin County (3-3, 3-3) travels to Altoona Friday.

Cumberland Valley 3, Mifflin County 2

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WP: Hayden Fry. LP: Tristin Lockett. SO: Lockett 4 (MC); Fry 6 (CV). BB: Lockett 2 (MC); Fry 2 (CV). 2B: Brian Yetter, Noah Wright, Brando Souders (MC); Ty Banach (CV). MH: Yetter 2-3, Wright 3-3, Tyreen Smalley 2-3, Souders 2-3 (MC); Tyler Dunn 2-3 (CV). RBIs: Matthews, Smalley (MC); Dunn 2, Brendan Landry (CV).

Tennis

Altoona 5, Mifflin County 0

ALTOONA — Mifflin County had a great match in No. 2 doubles, but couldn’t quite win the match, losing 5-0 to Altoona in nonleague tennis Wednesday.

Noah Holland and Garrett Mitchel won the first set before losing by one in the second set and ultimately falling in the third.

Mifflin County (0-10) travels to Chambersburg today.

Altoona 5, Mifflin County 0

Singles

Casey Risoli, A, def. Gavin Ream, 6-1, 6-2

Nick Sechinder, A, def. Collin Bennett, 6-1, 6-2

Mike Sechinder, A, def. Josh Nickels, 6-1, 6-1

Doubles

Colby Eichel/Alex Berandinelli, A, def. Alex Wert/Brad Fultz, 6-3, 6-2

Jake Schmidhanni/Major Greaser, A, def. Noah Holland/Garrett Mitchel, 4-6, 7-6, 10-2

Junior varsity

¯A-Game: Mifflin County 2, Big Spring 0. Alex Keller and Sam Liggit scored goals.

¯ B-Game: Big Spring 1, Mifflin County 0.

Junior high

¯ Mifflinburg 3, Tuscarora 1. Haley Mummah scored the lone goal.

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