Mifflin County 15s begin state tournament play

DREXEL HILL — It’s been a quarter of a century since a Mifflin CountyAll-Star team has played at Drexel Hill.

The last time a Mifflin County team played in Drexel Hill was in 1994 when the 13-year-old team finished second to the host team.

Mifflin County did win a state title in Drexel Hill as it beat the host team for the state title in 1981. It was the late Fred Zook’s first state championship.

Mifflin County will open play today at 2 p.m. against Tri-Township (Bucks County).

Mifflin County will play the District 8 champion, Altoona, at 3 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, Mifflin County tangles with Scranton at noon and on Saturday, Mifflin County wraps up pool play against 21st Ward, a Philadelphia team.

The tournament is a seven-team event with the other teams, Broomall-Newtown and Drexel Hill, both from Delaware County.

The state’s final four will take place on Monday, July 15, and the championship on Tuesday, July 16.

Drexel Hill has won the 13 and the 14-year-old state championships the last two years and is hoping for a sweep. The only other league to do that was West End of Williamsport in 2015. Drexel Hill is second to Mifflin County in state titles with 15.5. MIfflin County has 23.

In the District 8 tournament, Mifflin County went 2-2 with wins over West End and Lock Haven (Keystone) and losses to Altoona, 3-2 and 6-2 in the championship game.

Mifflin County’s pitching staff did an excellent job in Altoona, giving up just 14 runs.

As 13-year-olds, Mifflin County played the state tournament in Altoona (four games). In eight games, Mifflin County has picked off 12 runners. Brayden Swineford set a Mifflin County record as a 13-year-old when he picked off five base runners in one game. He nailed three more runners in the district tournament including two in the first game against West End.

Mifflin County has an 8-5 record at Drexel Hill.

When Mifflin County meets Scranton it will mark the 128th different league or region that Mifflin County will have played. It will be the 95th different league from Pennsylvania.

Going into the state playoffs, Mifflin County now has a 699-307 record.