Mifflin County splits first two
ALTOONA — On Saturday afternoon, the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars wished they were back in Williamsport for the start of the District 8 tournament.
Instead of cruising against Altoona as they did on that day, on Saturday, Mifflin County fell to, 10-7 at PNG Field, the home of the Class AA Eastern League’s Altoona Curve.
Mifflin County won the first game of the tournament beating Eastern New York (Sorensco), 7-4.
Mifflin County plays today at 11 a.m. against Southern New Jersey (Marlton) at Seitz Field, the home of Altoona Babe Ruth.
Altoona jumped out in front in the second inning with five runs and Mifflin County found itself in an uphill battle the rest of the afternooon.
Mifflin County got three runs back in the bottom of the second as Landen Eichhorn, Cole Shutt and Ryan Hine each had hits. Tucker Gill reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Eichhorn came home on a Trace Brought groundout and Shutt scored on the Hine single,
Altoona picked up single runs in the third and fifth for a 7-3 lead, but Mifflin County tied the game in the fifth with four runs.
Mifflin County came up with five hits, all singles. Caden Wolfley, Ryan Kanagy, Trevor Sheaffer, Eichhorn and Brought all had base hits. Three of the singles produced runs, one run scored on a fielder’s choice from Gill and another came home on a wild pitch.
Mifflin County used three pitchers — Hine, who got the start, Aidan Everly and Gill. It looked like Altoona was going to take the lead in the top of the sixth as the first man Payton Hartman,walked and advanced to second on what was initially called a balk.
But Mifflin County manager Bill Corbin argued that it wasn’t a balk and Hartman was sent back to first. The next batter, grounded into a double play and Gill got out of the inning with a ground ball back to himself.
In the seventh, however, Altoona had four hits, two of which went for doubles, spelling the end for Mifflin County.
“We gave up too many runs early,” Corbin said. “We had our chances, Those doubles by Altoona in the seventh hurt.”
Mifflin County mounted a small comeback in the seventh, but couldn’t push anything across the plate. Mifflin County got the bases loaded on two walks and a hit from Sheaffer, but a groundout ended the game.
Mifflin County out hit Altoona, 13-9. Sheaffer had three hits, while Kanagy, Eichhorn and Shutt each had two.
Everly had the best outing on the mound as he gave up one run in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Mifflin County 7, Sorensco, N.Y. 4
ALTOONA — What a game for Landen Eichhorn.
Not only did Eichhorn get the win in relief, but he also got the hit that put Mifflin County ahead for good and scored the league’s 8,000th run.
Sorensco (Eastern New York) picked a run in the first inning and got two more in the third and led 3-2 after three innings. Caden Wolfley started for Mifflin County, but left after one batter in the second. Ryan Hine finished the second and pitched to three batters in the third before Eichhorn came in.
Eichhorn only allowed four hits and one run the rest of the game. He walked two and struck out two in getting the win.
“Landen Eichhorn did a good job when he came in relief,” said Mifflin County manager Bill Corbin. “We had to use too many pitchers in getting the win and that didn’t help us in the Altoona game.”
With one out in the first inning, Eichhorn walked and Tucker Gill reached on an error. Hunter Bailey then drove Eichhorn home and when he crossed the palte it was the first run for Mifflin County and the 8,000th in league history.
Tye Plank then reached on an error and Gill scored making it 2-1 in favor of Mifflin County.
Sorensco took a 3-2 lead in the third, but Mifflin County finally pulled away in the fifth.
Xavier Smith was hit by a pitch and one out later Trevor Sheaffer singled. Eichhorn then doubled in both runners. Gill followed with a single and Aidan Everly walked to load the bases. Hine then drew a walk scoring Eichhorn.
Mifflin County added runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Wolfley walked to open the sixth. He stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Smith and scored on a single by Ryan Kanagy.
In the seventh, Deakon Scheaffer started the inning by getting a single. He then stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly from Wolfley.
Smith and Trevor Sheaffer each had two hits and Smith had a double in the seventh inning.
NOTES: Mifflin County has played in two other minor league ball parks. In 1971, the 13-year-olds played at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, now home to the Williamsport Crosscutters of the Short Season Class A New York-Penn League. In 2003, the Mifflin County 13-year-olds played at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md., home of the Frederick Keys of the Class A Advanced Carolina League. … Mifflin County now has four losses to Pennsylvania teams in the Mid-Altantic Regional, Drexel Hill in Milroy, 2003, 15-year-olds; Franklin Township, 2007, 15-year-olds in State College; West End, Williamsport, 2018, 15-year-olds, in Milroy and Altoona on Saturday. Mifflin County’s record is 3-4 against Pennsylvania in the regionals … Ty Narehood scored Mifflin County’s 7,000th run on July 20, 2015 in a state tournament game in Williamsport against Altoona.