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Two Huskies sign letters of intent

Sentinel photo by Jeff Fishbein
Mifflin County baseball players Brando Souders, left, and Brian Yetter congratulate each other at a letter of intent ceremony Wednesday at the school.

LEWISTOWN – Two members of the Mifflin County baseball team signed letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level Wednesday afternoon at the Mifflin County High School Media Room.

Brian Yetter will take his talents to Division I Marist and Brando Souders is off to Division II Pitt-Johnstown to play for the Mountain Cats.

“It’s been my pleasure to coach both of these guys. Nobody worked harder than Brando and once he got his opportunity, he just took off. He improved in every aspect of the game, was a great teammate and I know he’ll do well this year and at the next level,” Former Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. “Nobody had a better start physically or with more pressure on him than Brian. The coaching staff threw him in as a ninth grader and the struggles came because nobody put more pressure on himself than Brian. The best baseball for this guy is still ahead of him, despite leading the team in every offensive category. I look forward to watching them play this year and in college.”

Yetter, the inaugural winner of the Riden/Hockenbrock Award, will play outfield and pitch for the Red Foxes. Marist was 27-26 last season and 15-9 in the Metro Athletic Conference.

“I chose Marist because of the coaching staff. We bonded from the word go. We had a connection from the moment I stepped on campus,” Yetter said. “We have a lot of the same goals. I know some of the players up there already. They are very helpful, very giving, wanting to show me the ropes. I want to learn from them and get started as quickly as I can.”

Yetter led the Huskies in hitting and was a top two pitcher for the squad. The Husky senior plans to major in Business/Marketing with a Minor in sports.

“I want to thank my family for their support. They have been great,” Yetter said. “They put me in so many situations to be successful. I want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunities to play. I enjoyed it and I had great times playing with my teammates.”

Souders took over the starting job at centerfield early in the season and never looked back. He ended the year as the Huskies best outfielder and a clutch hitter when needed.

“I want to thank my family. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. I’d also like to thank my coaches for all they did making me a better baseball player,” Souders said. “I want to thank my teammates as well. It’s always a good time playing with them.”

UPJ was 23-21 and 11-15 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) last season. Souders will major in Mechanical Engineering.

“I looked at them first academically and UPJ had what I was looking for as far as engineering goes. I liked the campus and the coaches were very nice. I knew I belonged there. It’s a great school to grow in,” Souders said.

Mifflin County finished the 2019 season with an 8-10 record and 7-7 in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth.

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