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Mifflin Co. begins 13 play today

WILLIAMSPORT — One thing is assured for the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars — they will advance to the state tournament no matter where they finish in the District 8 tournment that starts today.

That’s because Mifflin County will be host to the state tournament starting on July 11 at Armagh Memorial Field.

Mifflin County will open district play at 2 p.m. at Williamsport against Altoona. Juniata County played the host team on Thursday at 8 p.m. and the winner of that game advances to take on a team from Centre County. The tournment is double elimination.

The winner of the state tournament will advance to the Mid-Atlantic regional, which will be held in Altoona.

Managing the 13-year-old team will be Belleville’s Bill Corbin. The long time Belleville manager needs just two wins to get to 700. Corbin has an overall record of 698-328. His 698 wins are not only a Mifflin County record, but also a Pennsylvania Babe Ruth record.

Helping Corbin will be Bob Mowery and Kalen Gearhart of Belleville and Andy Arnold of Belltown.

Corbin has an 87-36 record as an all-star manager, which includes four state titles, all at the 13-year-old level, in 1987, 1990, 2003 and 2007. Corbin helped win 11 District 7 titles for Mifflin County and has 10 finishes in the state’s final four. He also was an assistant coach on the 2004 15-year-old all-star team that went to the Babe Ruth World Series and finished in a tie for seventh place.

Named to the 2019 edition of the Mifflin County 13-year-old all-stars were four players from Beaver Springs, Caden Wolfley, Cole Shutt, Aidan Everley and Trevor Sheaffer.

Lewistown has two players on the team, Deakon Schaeffer and Ryan Hine. League champion Burnham placed two men on the squad, Tye Plank and Xavier Smith.

Three other teams also placed two players on the team: McVeytown’s Tucker Gill and Hunter Bailey; Belltown’s Caden Brumbaugh and Parker Kearns; and Belleville’s Trace Brought and Landen Eichhorn.

Rounding out the team is Reedsville’s Ryan Kanagy.

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