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Bodtorf’s late RBI single lifts Huskies

STATE COLLEGE — Mifflin County saved its best for last on Friday afternoon, using a clutch RBI single by Colby Bodtorf to defeat Mid-Penn Commonwealth and District 6 rival State College, 5-4, in State College.

With two outs in the seventh and the game tied at four, Bodtorf was up for the challenge, hitting an RBI single down the right field line, scoring Cole Knable from second to give the Huskies the victory.

Bodtorf was the pitcher of record for the Huskies, but it was Rylan Bailey that came in to get the save, retiring three of the four batters he faced to lift Mifflin County past the Little Lions.

“We finally put a full game together tonight,” Mifflin County coach John McGonigle said. “It’s a big win, a big team win. It’s a good momentum booster for the kids.”

The game looked like it had the makings of a high-scoring contest, as both teams scored three runs in the first inning, before both starters settled in on the mound. Bodtorf squared off against State College hurler Isaac Oldham and he started things off at the plate with a single to left-center. He later came around to score after three wild pitches from State College.

Bryce Dobson later reached on a walk and also scored on a wild pitch to give the Huskies a 2-0 advantage in the first. The Huskies added a final run in the inning as Jaxson Pupo walked and Colby Yoder entered as a courtesy runner for the Huskies’ catcher. Yoder came around to score on a base hit by Luke Lyter.

State College came right back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first, scoring three times on four hits to tie things at 3-3. Jake Cooper got the Little Lions started with a bloop single into right field, before Alex Hlivia singled, putting a runner in scoring position. Ethan Schimony brought both runners around to score with a scorcher to right field. Hlivia would later tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Matt Allison.

Both pitchers and their defenses took over in the second, third and fourth innings as the offenses were shut down by strong pitching performances.

Mifflin County manufactured its fourth run of the game in the fifth inning. Bailey led off the inning with a shot down the line at third for a single. Luke Lyter was hit by a pitch and both Bailey and Lyter moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Cole Knable brought Bailey in, beating out a slow roller to third base.

State College wouldn’t even blink as it went right back to work at the plate and scored a run in the bottom of the inning to even things at four.

The pressure started to mount in both dugouts as the contest went into the final inning. Things started slow for the Huskies after recording two quick outs.

Knable kept the inning alive, reaching on a walk. Marshall Maidens singled to put runners on first and second for Bodtorf. Things didn’t come easy for Bodtorf as he fell behind in the count 0-2. Bodtorf’s evened the count and his patience paid off as he blasted a shot into right field to score Knable from second and give the Huskies the lead for good.

Rylan Bailey set down the first two batters he faced before Schimony gave the Little Lions a sliver of hope with a single into left. The night belonged to the Huskies however, as Bailey induced a ground out to give the Huskies the victory.

The victory puts the Huskies back in the win column after two difficult outings against Cumberland Valley and Cedar Cliff. Mifflin County will hope to carry momentum into Tuesday’s showdown with Red Land.

“We had a couple of tough games there back-to-back,” McGonigle said. “It was good to get a good outing out of Colby. Rylan pitched good in relief tonight. The defense played well in the last inning. We are happy to get out of here with the win and take the momentum into next week.”

MIfflin County 5, State College 4

MC 300 010 1 – 5 8 2

SC 300 010 0 – 4 8 0

WP: Colby Bodtorf (MC). LP: Matt Lingenfelter (SC). SV: Rylan Bailey (MC). SO: Bodtorf 6, Bailey 1 (MC); Isaac Oldham 3, Lingenfelter 3 (SC). BB: Oldham 5, Lingenfelter 2 (SC). 2B: Jaxson Pupo (MC); Ethan Schimony, Alex Hlivia (SC). MH: Bodtorf 2-4, Marshall Maidens 2-4 (MC); Ethan Schimony 3-4 (SC). RBI: Bodtorf, Luke Lyter, Cole Knable (MC); Schimony, Allison (SC).

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