Post 287 rolls to huge victory over Huntingdon
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County Post 287 has enjoyed dominant pitching performances in the past week, having thrown 14-straight shutout innings entering Wednesday.
This time the Post 287 bats decided it was their time to steal the show.
Mifflin County wasted no time putting up crooked numbers, and an eight-run first inning set the tempo for an offensive clinic as Post 287 came away with a dominant 18-4 victory over Huntingdon Post 24 in a Central Penn League American Legion baseball contest on Wednesday night.
Post 287 rode a five-RBI performance from Ethan Eichhorn and got two RBI extra-base hits from Tyreen Smalley in the lopsided victory. Eichhorn, Smalley and Max Oburn combined for 11 RBIs on the night.
“We caught fire tonight — I don’t know how else to say it,” Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “We obviously hit the ball really well tonight and it seemed like it was just catching one guy after another. I like to have a game like that. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a five-inning game where we scored that many runs. It was a nice effort by everyone involved.”
Max Oburn and Colby Bodtorf reached in the top of the first inning on singles before Eichhorn drove in a run on an RBI groundout to put Post 287 in the score column. Three batters later, Smalley drove a pitch to deep right field for an RBI double that scored Gavin Busch to extend the lead to 4-0.
Evan Mock followed with an RBI single to left, before Jared King and Connor Yoder each reached base and came around to score. Later, Eichhorn picked up his second RBI of the inning, when he drove in a run after getting hit by a pitch. Mifflin County sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning and led 8-0 after one.
The Post 287 effort on the hill remained stellar, as Connor Cherry did a great job of pitching to contact, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced. Cherry only yielded a single in his three innings of work before he earned a rest with the game well out of reach. Cherry handed the ball over to Holden Yocum and Eichhorn, who faced limited traffic but gave up some runs pitching with the commanding lead.
“Connor Cherry did a really nice job and that kind of gets overlooked in a game like that,” Howard said. “He threw three shutout innings and only allowed one hit. A nice effort on his part to earn the win.”
Mifflin County added four runs in the second inning and three in both the third and fourth innings, as Oburn added three runs on a double in the gap in the second, Smalley drove in two in the third with an RBI triple just short of the fence and Eichhorn hit a three-run single in the fourth.
Huntingdon finally got on the board in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to left field by Seth Smith. Post 24 added three runs in the final frame off Eichhorn, who had a promising inning extended after an error on a dropped third strike.
With the win, Mifflin County stays on top of the Central Penn League with a record of 10-2, 6-1 in league play. The team has played well in all facets of the game in recent weeks and has hit its stride entering a critical part of the schedule.
“That’s really a tribute to the athletic ability of the makeup of this team,” Howard said. “We are able to make moves with people and tonight Cherry wasn’t scheduled to start, but we moved things around and he was up to the task and did a great job. We want to keep this momentum going and we have two weeks until playoffs. We will be ready.”
Mifflin County is scheduled to host Clarence today before playing in a tournament in Maryland this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Mifflin County High School.
Mifflin County 18, Huntingdon 4
Huntingdon 000 13 — 4 4 2
Mifflin County 843 30 — 18 16 2
WP: Connor Cherry. LP: Draven Zook. SO: Cherry 1, Ethan Eichhorn 2 (MC). Seth Smith 1 (H). BB: Holden Yocum 1, Eichhorn 2 (MC), Zook 3, Fultz 1 (H). 3B: Tyreen Smalley (MC). 2B: Max Oburn, Smalley (MC), Zack Peck (H). MH: Oburn 2-2, Colby Bodtorf 3-4, Eichhorn 2-3, Smalley 2-3, Evan Mock 2-3, Connor Yoder 2-3 (MC). RBI: Eichhorn 5, Oburn 3, Smalley 3, Bodtorf 2, Mock 2, Cherry 1 (MC).