MC 14s topped in semifinals

WILLIAMSPORT – The Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars knew what to expect when they met Broomall Newtown Tuesday night in the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth 14-year-old state tournament semifinals.

Mifflin County had met Broomall three times before last night’s encounter. As 13-year-olds, Mifflin County fell, 6-0 and 14-0. Then in the first game of this tournament, the local All-Stars fell, 13-0.

This time Mifflin County made a game of it, at least for four innings, before falling 10-3.

Broomall will now meet Drexel Hill for the 14-year-old state title today, if weather permits.

“If we field the ball a little better tonight things could have been different,” Justin Yoder, the Mifflin County manager said. “I’m not saying we could have won, but you can’t make mistakes against good teams.”

Mifflin County jumped on top in the first inning. With one out Jullian Krainak singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. He scored on a ground out from Preston Arbogast. It marked the first run that Mifflin County had scored against Broomall in 19 innings.

Broomall took a 4-1 lead in the second. The defending state champs sent nine men to the plate as they scored four times. Mifflin County didn’t help its own cause with an error in the outfield and two hit batters. Broomall got singles from Alex Bruno and Josh Freiling.

Yoder made a pitching change as he went to Arbogast, who finished the game.

Mifflin County cut into the lead, 4-3 with two runs in the third inning. Matthew Weimer led off with a single and Arbogast tripled him home. He then made it a one-run game as he scored on a wild pitch.

But that was the end of the scoring for Mifflin County and from that point on Broomall started to pull away. Broomall scored four times in the fourth and added single runs in the fifth and sixth.

MifflinCounty got some base runner on in the middle innings, but couldn’t get any of them home.

This was the same position Mifflin County finished as 13-year-olds, in a tie for third. Last year Mifflin County fell in the semifinals to Broomall, 14-0, in Wexford outside Pittsburgh.

“I’m really proud of the team, they battled every game,” Yoder said. “Not many people gave us much of a chance to get back to the final four. We played hard every game and we hit the ball hard. What we need to do is to field the ball a little bit better.”

Mifflin County finished with five hits. Kaden Mitchell and Jesse Herman had the other two singles.

NOTES: Broomall and Drexel will now have 25 appearances in the state finals when they meet in Wiiliamsport today….In the 15-year-old bracket, Tri-Township’s win over Mifflin County was for its second state title…..Tri-Township holds the state record for most wins in a row in the postseason. In 2011, Tri-Township won 27 games in a row before losing in the national finals in the 15-year-old bracket to Southern California in extra-innings……..Mifflin County manager Justin Yoder’s three year All-Star record is now 30-7.