Reigle’s number to be retired by MC Babe Ruth
REEDSVILLE — Only three Mifflin County managers have had their numbers retired in the 65-year-history of the league.
Reedsville’s Bob Reigle (34), Yeagertown’s Fred Zook (99) and Milroy’s Gary Fultz (3).
This summer, Reedsvile’s Scott Reigle (45) will take his place with the other members of those coaching legends.
Reigle has been working in the Mifflin County league for the past 48 years. He started as a 17-year-old helping his father, Bob Reigle, with the Reedsville team.
After, his father died in 1998, Scott took over the team and was manager for the next 21 years.
“He has been one of the key individuals in this league for years,” said Gary Stimely, the Mifflin County president. “He was our treasurer for 27 years and he still does our schedules.
“On the field, he has taken two teams to the World Series and in 2016 won the national title with the 13-year-olds. No one ever thought we would win a national championship, but he guided that team to the finish. One thing is for sure, he knows the rules in and out.”
Reigle not only holds the record for most games coached and managed in league play, 1,369, but it is also a Pennsylvania Babe Ruth record.
While at Reedsville, Reigle had a 339-227 record and won a league title in 2007. As an All-Star manager, he had an 85-30 record. Overall his record was 424-257 and he ranks fourth all-time on the Mifflin County win list behind, Belleville’s Bill Corbin (707), Zook (516) and his father, Bob (504).
He won nine District 7 titles and had seven finishes in the Pennsylvania final four.
During his run as an All-Star manager, he won three state titles, 2002 (15-year-olds) 2008 (15-year-olds) and 2016 (13-year-olds). He was an assistant coach on the 1983 13-year-old state championship team.
Reigle has the most wins by a Mifflin County manager in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals with 12 and in the World Series, seven.
He is the only manager in this history of the league to take three teams to the regional final four in 2002 and a 2016 first-place finish and a 2008 tie for third.
In 2002, he guided the Mifflin County 15-year-olds to the World Series in Connersvile, Indiana. It was the first World Series that the Mifflin County 13-15-year-old league had ever been to. Mifflin County went 2-2 in pool play and finished in a tie for fifth place losing to Florida, 1-0, in single elimination.
It was one of the great stories of the league as that Mifflin County team had never won a district title as 13 (2000) and 14-year-olds (2001) and then ended up in the World Series as 15-year-olds.
Then came 2016.
The Mifflin County 13-year-olds exploded on the scene as it won the District 7 and the state titles by 10-runs in every game.
The team then went on to Queensbury, New York and won the regional in an extra-inning game against the host team.
Next came the trip to Ottumwa, Iowa, where Mifflin County went 5-1 and won the the national title over Hawaii, 5-3.
The Reigle family is the only one in Pennsylvania to have three generations win a state Babe Ruth championship. The elder Reigle won a state title in 1983, 13-year-olds, Scott won three and then his son Kevin won a 14-year-old state title in 2013.
Scott and his father, Bob, were in the first class inducted into the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 2000.