Mifflin County 14-year olds begin States

WILLIAMSPORT — Never in the 65-year history of the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League has a team had to rebound from forfeiting a game.

Mifflin County defeated West End (Williamsport), 7-4, in the opening game of the District 8 14-year-old tournament last Friday, but lost the game to a forfeit.

Not only did the Mifflin County 14-year-olds leave the forfeited game behind them in the dust, the team came out and beat Juniata County 12-2, and then West End, 11-1, to reach the district finals.

Mifflin County fell behind Altoona 3-0 early and then gave up five runs in the sixth before rallying for three runs making it an 8-3 final. As 13-year-olds last year Mifflin County fell in the district final to West End, but then went on the state tournament and finished in the final four.

Those games last summer were played in Wexford, a suburb of Pittsburgh. This year the state tournament is a lot closer as it is in Williamsport.

Nothing will come easy for the Mifflin County team in the opening game of the state tournment. Mifflin County has to play Broomall-Newtown at 2 p.m. today.

Last summer Broomall-Newtown, which beat Mifflin County twice in the state tournament, 6-0 and 14-0, not only won the state title, but also the Mid-Atlantic Regional and went on to finish in a tie for sixth place in the World Series.

Other games for Mifflin County will have the local all-stars taking on Cussewago (near Erie) at 8 p.m. on Friday. It then tangles with Boyertown at 5 p.m. on Saturday and finishes up pool play on Sunday against Drexel Hill at 8 p.m.

Other teams in the state tournament are West End, the host, and Boyertown.

The final four talkes place on Tuesday and the state final is set for Wednesday.

Justin Yoder, the Mifflin County manager, now has an overall record of 132-109 and his all-star mark is 27-5.

Mifflin County’s record in Williamsport is 39-24 and it has won two state titles there: 2007, 13-year-olds, and 2018, 15-year-olds.

When Mifflin County plays Cussewago it will mark the 129th different league or region that the local All-Stars have played.

It will mark the first time since the 1960s that Mifflin County has played a team from that part of the state. In the early 1960s, Mifflin County played Sharon (1961) and Shenango Valley (1960).

In forfeited games, Mifflin County is now 6-1 and in forfeited games with ineligable players, Mifflin County is 1-1. The first win Mifflin County got in 1957 came from Philspburg, which also used an ineligible player.