Mifflin County rallies, falls to CV
Huskies drop season opener to Eagles
LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County Huskies softball team showed resiliency by digging out of an early deficit, but they were unable to hold on to the lead as Cumberland Valley fought back to win 8-5, on Tuesday, in Lewistown.
Leesha Shilling got the start for the Huskies and had a shaky beginning. The first two runners she faced reached base before a monstrous double off the left-field wall by Dallas Speicher-Ramirez drove in the first two runs of the game.
“It’s early,” Mifflin County coach Craig Weston said about his starter getting into the rhythm of the season. “There were some spots here and some close pitches there, but she’ll keep working and she’ll get better.”
Shilling settled in and ended the inning without allowing another run.
The Huskies responded quickly as Madison Myers singled, Alyssa Souders walked and Gianna Hoppel reached on an error by the Eagles’ center fielder, which loaded the bases.
After a Josie Kibe strikeout, Jaylyn Moore unleashed a missile that clanged off the left center-field fence for a double, clearing the bases and giving the Huskies a 3-2 lead.
“That was a positive. The fact that we got down in that early hole and they battled,” Weston said. “We don’t want to get in a hole early, but it’s nice to see the tenacity from them to keep battling back and never giving up.”
Cumberland Valley bounced back with a run of their own, which tied the score at three and knocked Shilling out of the game. Devanie Condrack then stepped into the circle for Mifflin County.
In the bottom of the third, Souders got on base with a single and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
The rest of the game belonged to the Eagles.
Cumberland Valley tied the game in the fourth on a wild pitch by Condrack and took the lead in the same inning on a run-scoring groundout.
“We have to clean up things defensively,” Weston commented.
The Eagles tacked on a trio of runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, an error and a base hit to open an 8-4 lead.
Once again, Mifflin County refused to quit, scratching across a run in the fifth on an infield hit by Kibe, driving home Myers.
In the sixth inning, the Huskies looked to piece together a two-out rally. Caitlyn Kick drew a walk, Madison Wolfgang reached on an infield hit, and Myers drew a walk to load the bases for Souders. The Huskies catcher ripped a line drive, but it was right at the Eagles’ shortstop who snagged it to end the scoring threat.
Down to their last at bat, the Huskies again tried to spark a two-out rally to claw back into the game. Moore kept the inning alive with a single and Payton McClure followed with a single of her own to bring the tying run to the plate.
Allison Gahagan came to the plate, but her groundball to the pitcher ended the game and secured the win for the Eagles.
Weston saw flashes of good softball from his players and knows that as the season progresses, they will become more and more sharp.
“We gotta work on pitching and hitting our spots,” Weston said. “We gotta clean up our defense and clean up some hitting too. We hit the ball hard a couple of times right at them, and you gotta give (the Eagles) credit. They made the plays.”
Cumberland Valley 8, Mifflin County 5
WP: Ali Wagner. LP: Devanie Condrack. SV: Evelyn Coburn. SO: Condrack 3 (MC); Wagner 3, Coburn (CV). BB: Condrack 2, Leesha Shilling 2 (MC); Wagner 2, Coburn 2 (CV). 2B: Jaylyn Moore (MC); Dallas Speicher-Ramirez (CV). MH: Moore 2-4 (MC); Sydney Hutcheson 2-3 (CV). RBI: Moore 4, Kibe (MC); Speicher-Ramirez 2, Lindsay George, Hutcheson, Emma Morgan, Wagner, Lindsay George (CV).