MC hosts District 8 14 tourney
MCVEYTOWN — Two teams dominate the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars roster when the team begins play in District 8 play on today at Armagh Memorial Field.
Mifflin County tackles West End (Williamsport) at 8 p.m., while in the first game (at 4:30 p.m.) Juniata County plays Altoona. The tournament is double elimination.
The state tournament will be played in Williamsport and for Mifflin County to advance it will have to win or finish second to West End, unless there is a change to the state bracket, which is possible as some leagues around the state have indicated they may not participate.
The manager of the team is Justin Yoder of McVeytown. The McVeytown skipper has an overall record of 130-107. In two years of all-star play, Yoder has racked up a record of 25-5, including a District 8 title, a state runner-up, a state championship, a Mid-Atlantic title and a second place finish in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in 2018.
Yoder’s two assistants are Jason Yoder and Cole Knable, both of McVeytown.
McVeytown and Beaver Springs have a combined 10 men on the squad. Beaver Springs has four: Preston Arbogast, Jullian Krainak, Jesse Herman and Matthew Weimer. McVeytown has six men on the squad: Logan Stimely, Josh Bomberger, Jaron Yoder, Logan Parks, Kaden Mitchell and Isaac Wilson.
Four teams have one man each: Tucker Crum, Milroy; Cole Chilson, Reedsville; Aaden Earnest, Lewistown; and Zach Snook, Belleville.
Crum, Earnest and Bomberger are all first year all-stars.
Last year as 13-year-olds, Mifflin County finished second to West End in the district tournament and then advanced to the state tournament in Wexford (Pittsburgh) and finished in the state’s final four. Broomall-Newtown won the state title and went to the World Series.