Quartet of Huskies honored by Mid-Penn Conference
LEWISTOWN — Four Mifflin County athletes — three in baseball and one in softball — earned their place as Mid-Penn Commonwealth all-stars for the 2019 season.
Riden/Hockenbrock Award winner Brian Yetter made the first team in baseball with Evan Mock and Max Oburn, the left side of the Husky infield, grabbing second-team honors. Carolus Award winner Olivia Ahern earned a second team berth in softball.
Yetter, a junior, hit .333 with eight doubles, 12 RBIs and a .474 slugging percentage from his right field spot.
“Brian was recognized by the coaches as one of the top players in the league. It’s quite an honor and well-deserved,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “He’s played very well for us and being he’s only a junior, he’ll be back next year and can be even better.”
Mock, who will take his baseball talents to Juniata College next season, hit .304 with four RBIs and four doubles. He played stellar defense at short.
Oburn was his steady, solid self at third base as well as being the vocal leader on the team. He batted .305 with seven RBIs.
“Evan at short and Max at third were both selected on the second team which speaks very well for our program,” Howard said. “Both were recognized for their ability in the field and at the plate. We are very pleased to have both of them recognized as seniors. They each had an excellent season for the Huskies.
“That’s pretty impressive for the three of them. They only picked 20 players out of the eight teams in the league,” Howard continued.
Ahern led Mifflin County in most offensive categories — batting average (.443), home runs (5), RBIs (23) and slugging percentage (.836). Defensively, the junior committed only one error all season at first base. She had a hit in 17 of 19 games this season.
“Without a doubt, she had the highest batting average on the team. She is always someone you can always count on. She does a great job at first base as well,” Mifflin County softball coach Jack McCurdy said. “She saved a lot of the infielders some errors digging the ball out of the dirt. She puts her heart and soul into it. She loves the game. She’s always enthusiastic, always trying to get better. She expects great things of herself.”
Ahern stayed hot in the postseason, hitting .500 with two homers and three RBIs.
“She earned it. She led the team in homers and RBIs. That’s why we had her batting third, to get as many at-bat as she could. Olivia made a lot of improvements this season. If there is any pitch she struggles with it’s the change-up,” he continued. “At Erie McDowell, she sat on the pitch and hit it right out of the stadium. I hope she continues to grow. She’s a great role model, she gives one hundred percent effort and that’s what you want every kid to do.”
The baseball team finished the season 8-11, losing in the District 6 Class 6A finals to State College, 6-2. The softball squad ended up 10-9, winning their second consecutive District 6 title and fifth overall with a 6-5 win in extra innings over the Little Lions. The Huskies fell to Erie McDowell in a subregional.