Huskies snap six-game losing streak
Tristin Lockett throws gem for Mifflin County
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County snapped a six-game losing skid thanks to the arm of Tristin Lockett and the bat of Bryce Dobson in a 6-1 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory over Carlisle Wednesday.
Lockett, known to his teammates as the Rocket, allowed only one unearned run on three hits for the complete game. He struck out nine and walked three for the win.
“Going out to the mound we had a six-game losing streak going on and I knew we had to come together as a team for the second half of the season,” Lockett said. “I had no pressure on me. I did what I had to do out there on the mound and help the team get a win. My two-seam (fastball) was working on lefties coming inside and moving with the wind. My curveball was okay today and my four-seam was all right.”
Dobson led the offensive charge with two hits and four RBIs.
“You always have to stay in the game, whether you’re starting or not. You have to give it your all every time you’re out there,” Dobson said. “I did what I could for the team. The first hit I was sitting fastball and he threw me a curve, so I adjusted to it and found a hole. It feels great. It feels wonderful. The rest of the season is going to be totally different. We are back in the groove now and I think we’ll do well the rest of the season.”
Mifflin County (4-8, 4-5) scored two runs in the second when Tyreen Smalley walked and Evan Smith laid down a bunt single. Dobson plated both with a base hit to left.
“I was proud of the guys. They were so focused and Tristin, he certainly led the way. We had some timely hitting, featuring a little small ball. We were focused and ready to play,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “Bryce Dobson had a great game. I think he had four RBIs. Those are the kind of things it takes, a team effort for the win. The guys needed this. We’ve been playing well and then we hit a snag against Cedar Cliff. We knew we had to come back and play well. The guys did an exceptionally good job today.”
The Huskies added two more in the third when Brando Souders singled to left and Colby Bodtorf reached on an error, moving Souders to third. Souders scored on a second Carlisle error. Evan Mock brought home Bodtorf with a double in the right-center gap.
The Thundering Herd (3-11, 2-7) scored their only run in the fourth after Will Mosinski reached on an infield single and Jarrett Bupp brought him around with a knock to right field.
“There are no easy games in this league. Carlisle came in with two straight wins and had to be thinking Mifflin County lost a couple and we have a shot to beat them, so we knew we had to be prepared,” Howard said. “Our guys were up to the task most definitely.”
The Huskies rose to the occassion defensively in the fifth when Bodtorf made a diving stab of a hard shot by Sam Kulp and then flipped it to Noah Wright for the start of the 6-4-3 double play.
“We had a big double play. Colby made up for an earlier error by making a gorgeous 6-4-3 double play. That really helps your pitchers,” Howard said.
Mifflin County put the game away with two runs in the fifth. Smally singled and Smith walked with two outs in the frame. Dobson came through once again with a two-run single to center. Lockett slammed the door on Carlisle with three strikeouts over the final two innings.
“He did a great job. He gave up only three hits and one of them was an infield hit. He was very impressive,” Howard said. “You sprinkle small ball in there and it really helps the offense. With some stolen bases and some bunts, it got us going offensively.”
The Husky JVs won 15-6. Mifflin County hosts Red Land on Tuesday.
“It doesn’t get any easier with Red Land, but at least we are at home. We have three games next week with two on the road. It’s always an uphill road in this league,” Howard said.
Mifflin County 6, Carlisle 1
Carlisle 022 020 0 – 1-3-3
Mifflin County 022 020 x – 6-8-2
WP: Tristin Lockett. LP: Sam Warren. SO: Warren, Cole Wolaver, Will Mosinski (C); Lockett 9 (MC). BB: Warren, Wolaver (C); Lockett 3 (MC). 2B: Noah Wright, Evan Mock (MC). MH: Bryce Dobson 2-3 (MC). RBI: Jarrett Bupp (C); Dobson 4, Mock (MC).