Corbin falls short of 700; MC ends third in Williamsport, will host states
WILLIAMSPORT — Going into Sunday’s Babe Ruth District 8 13-year-old games at Robert B. Logue Field, Mifflin County coach Bill Corbin was sitting on a tremendous milestone of 699 career wins as a coach.
After losing in the championship game, Corbin had one more chance to get his 700th win, and that would be in the game for second place.
History will have to wait — Centre County defeated Mifflin County, 4-2. The local team still advances — in fact, was guaranteed to advance as host — to the state tournament, which begins Thursday in Milroy.
Weston McClain went the distance for Centre County, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Hunter Bailey got the start for Mifflin County and gave up two runs in two innings. In the first inning, a Jake Kosut double and a Braedyn Kormanic single each drove in a run, giving Centre County an early 2-0 lead.
McClain dominated the early part of the game, facing the minimum through the first three innings and keeping Mifflin County off the board.
With Xavier Smith on the mound for Mifflin County, Kosut added another run for Centre County, reaching on an error by the second baseman. Watkins followed with a fielder’s choice, plating the fourth run of the game for Centre County.
With the no-hitter still intact, Trevor Sheaffer singled to left center to end McClain’s bid for the no-hitter, but Mifflin County was unable to rally around Sheaffer’s base hit.
It took until the bottom of the sixth inning for the Mifflin County offense to get to McClain. With two outs in the inning, Tye Plank reached on an error and Caden Brumbaugh drew a walk. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch, setting the table for Caden Wolfley who delivered a booming double to deep right field. This scored two and the Centre County lead was cut in half, 4-2.
With one last chance in the bottom of the seventh, Mifflin County got two runners on base, but with two outs, Mifflin County was unable to score. With the loss, Mifflin County finished third in the tournament but still clinched a berth at States.
Corbin didn’t earn his 700th but was still proud of the effort his team put forward in the game, and on the day.
“We had a long weekend where things just didn’t go our way. Other than the one big inning, we just didn’t get anything to fall. We played three good games,” Corbin explained. “We only had one error in three games, so I can’t complain about that.”
Much like in their first game of the day, Corbin was pleased with his team’s ability to put the ball in play. But, even with all of these balls in play, Mifflin County couldn’t luck into many base hits. Corbin also doesn’t believe that fatigue got to his team, despite the fact that they played consecutive games in a doubleheader.
Corbin is aware of his milestone but doesn’t put too much thought into it. He prefers to focus on the games and coaching his team to win.
“It’s about the kids. It’s not about me,” Corbin said. “I’ll worry about that later when I’m sitting at home, retired.”
West End 4, Mifflin County 1
WILLIAMSPORT — West End got the best of Mifflin County in the championship game Sunday. Tyler Gee spread out four Mifflin County hits over seven innings, striking out three and allowing two walks. Caden Wolfley started the game for Mifflin County, going four innings, striking out one, allowing three walks and giving up four runs on five hits in the 4-1 loss.
Both pitchers made quick work of their opposition, as each team had only one base runner until the bottom of the second inning. For West End, Cole Shuler singled and Gage Martzell walked to set the table for Nick Laubach who ripped a single to right center, driving home Shuler for the game’s first run. Cayden Shay followed with an RBI fielder’s choice, plating Martzell.
Wolfley would slow down the West End offense in the bottom of the third, but West End would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kaden Rodarmel drove in two with an RBI single to left field allowing Martzell and Laubach to score, increasing the lead to 4-0.
After working out of the inning, Aiden Everly came in to relieve Wolfley on the mound. Everly kept Mifflin County in the game by throwing two scoreless innings in relief. Mifflin County came into the top of the seventh looking for a rally to keep their championship hopes alive. Ryan Kanagy walked to start the inning and would later score on an RBI single off the bat of Landen Eichhorn. But Gee would end the rally, getting Everly to ground out to third and sealing the win for West End.
Despite having only four hits, coach Bill Corbin praised his team’s ability to put the ball in play.
“We hit the ball, but we hit the ball right at them (the West End defense),” Corbin said. “They (West End) bunched their hits and we didn’t bunch ours.”
Centre County 10, Juniata County 0
WILLIAMSPORT — Juniata County was eliminated from the tournament by Centre County in Sunday’s first game.
Grant Reinhold of Juniata County took the mound against Braedyn Kormanic, who pitched a complete game shutout, leading his team to a berth in the second-place game.
Centre County’s offense started quickly, scoring a run in the first and three runs in the second. Owen Yorks took over in relief, holding Centre County to just one run in two innings of work but the damage had been done. Centre County scored a run in the fifth inning and when Juniata couldn’t push a run across the plate, the game was ended by the mercy rule.