Cherry’s pitching lifts MC

LEWISTOWN — One big inning and solid pitching from Connor Cherry carried Mifflin County over Philipsburg 6-4 in an American Legion baseball game Monday.

“Big win against a great team. Connor Cherry is the story for the evening without a doubt I mean he got the start and he was nothing short of outstanding,” Post 287 coach Bernie Howard said. “Gave up back to back hits in the first inning and then basically shut them down till he ran out of gas. We couldn’t have asked for more.

“I thought that we played another complete game,” Howard continued. “Errorless baseball.”

Post 287 was down 1-0 going into the bottom half of the fourth inning with Brian Yetter leading off with a walk. Then came a big hit from Noah Wright to right for a single that moved Yetter over to third base.

That set the stage for Tyreen Smalley as Mifflin County turned on the squeeze play. Smalley dropped a bunt down that went right back to Philipsburg pitcher Doug Kolesar, who looked to throw out Yetter at the plate but lost the grip of the ball allowing Smalley to reach first and Yetter to tie the game up at one apiece.

“We found ourselves down 1-0, but small ball into effect and tied it up with a squeeze,” Howard said. “We had talked about it before that saying any opportunities to score we’re going to push it across and from there it materialized.

“Nobody is better than Tyreen Smalley, “ Howard continued. “He almost begs for the opportunities to put that down and once again he beats it out for a hit and that just kinda open things up.”

Later in the inning Mifflin County had the bases loaded and Ethan Eichhorn at the plate. Eichhorn jacked one to right for a two-run double scoring both Wright and Smalley giving Mifflin County a 3-1 lead.

Then it was Jaxson Pupo’s turn as he sent one up the middle allowing Evan Mock and Eichhorn to score, making it 5-1.

“Nice to see Jaxson Pupo come through with a big hit driving in two,” Howard said. “Nice team effect all the way around.”

Mifflin County added another run in the bottom of the sixth as Jared King singled to left driving in Evan Mock to extend the lead to 6-1. Eichhorn led the way for Post 287 going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Wright went 2-for-3 and Pupo had two RBIs.

Those extra runs came in handy as Mifflin County starting pitcher Cherry began showing fatigue. Though Cherry managed to get two outs in the inning, he hit Landon McDonald to load the bases for Philipsburg forcing Howard to make the switch for Max Oburn. Cherry pitched six and two thirds with six strikeouts and walked two.

Oburn gave up a bases clearing double to right field from Keegan Soltis to put Philipsburg within reaching distance 6-4 but Oburn quickly dropped the hammer on any sort of a comeback rally getting Trey Shaw to fly out to center into the waiting arms of Smalley to put the game on ice.

“Max come in and did a nice job,” Howard said. “He gave up the base hit but got the next guy to hit a fly ball and Tyreen pulled it in. For a guy who doesn’t play a lot of outfield, Tyreen is pretty smooth and made a nice play to end the game. Again, just a great team win.”

Mifflin County (3-1) will look to keep the winning ways going as Post 287 will host Clarence today.

Mifflin County 6, Philipsburg 4

Philipsburg 100 000 1 — 4-6-3

Mifflin County 000 501 x — 6-8-1

WP: Connor Cherry. LP: Doug Kolesar. SO: Cherry 6 (MC). BB: Cherry 2 (MC); Kolesar 2 (P). 2B: Brian Yetter, Ethan Eichhorn (MC); Landon McDonald, Keegan Soltis (P). MH: Noah Wright 2-3, Eichhorn 3-3 (MC); McDonald 2-3, Soltis 2-4 (P). RBI: Eichhorn 2, Jaxson Pupo 2 (MC); Soltis 4 (P).

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