Altoona claims District 8 title for 14-year-olds
MILROY — Mifflin County came up short in the final of the Babe Ruth District 14-year-old tournament against Altoona, an 8-3 winner Sunday afternoon at Armagh Field.
Altoona scored five runs in the sixth inning to break the game open. Mifflin County scored its three runs in the seventh. Despite the loss, Mifflin County advanced to the state tournament at Williamsport beginning Thursday, July 11.
“We had way too many walks. We were walking the lead-off batter almost every inning and it will come back and bite you every time.” Yoder said. “We have to come and play ball. These kids are good enough to win it. They’re going to have to fight and play the way they are capable of playing.”
Altoona scored a run the first on an RBI knock from starting pitcher Evan Alwine that plated Hunter Rossman. The team from Blair County made it 3-0 with two runs in the second. Gavin Ridgeway led off with a single to left, stole second and came home on a wild pitch. Izaha Murray walked and later scored on a ground out by Ethan Brown.
In the sixth, Ridgeway drove in two runs with a triple to right for his second hit of the game. Ridgeway latter crossed on a wild pitch, Brown notched his second RBI with a base hit up the middle and Ethan Hileman drove home a run with a double to left.
Mifflin County avoided the shutout when Zach Snook led off with a single and came home on a double by Kaden Mitchell. Julian Krainak and Preston Arbogast reached on consecutive walks and Isaac Wilson brought them home with a double to left-center.
Alwine picked up the win, giving up one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk in six innings of work. Wilson suffered the loss for Mifflin County.
Mifflin County 13,
West End 1
Mifflin County scored 11 runs in the sixth inning to blow open a close game and advance to the District 8 final with a 13-1 win over West End. The game was called after six because of the 10-run rule.
Krainak went the distance for Mifflin County for the win. He allowed only one run on three hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
“Krainak threw a wonderful game. He worked ahead of the count. He had his off-speed pitch working and he kept them off-balance,” Yoder said. ” He pitched a great game.”
Mifflin County saw 14 batters come to the plate with 11 of them scoring runs in the big inning, with everyone in the lineup scoring. Wilson had a three-run triple, Jaron Yoder brought home two runs, Cole Chilson connected on a two-run triple and Krainak brought home a run with a knock to left.
Chilson led the way for Mifflin County with three hits, while Matthew Weimer, Arbogast, and Wilson had two hits each. Mifflin County outhit West End 12-3.
Joey Signor took the loss for West End. He pitched five innings, surrendering six runs, three earned, on six hits. West End committed six errors in the game.