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Huskies drop slugfest to the Colts

LEWISTOWN–After winning their first game of the season, the Mifflin County Huskies have dropped two in a row–the latest coming in a Tuesday afternoon in the team’s home opener against Cedar Cliff. The Colts were able to outslug the Huskies,16-7, in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth matchup.

“I definitely thought we were going to hit the ball well and I knew (Cedar Cliff) was going to hit the ball well,” Huskies coach John McGonigle said. “It came down to execution on defense tonight. That’s the bottom line.”

After a scoreless first, the bats on both sides woke up and began to come alive.

The Colts put together a five-run second inning, batting around their lineup and knocking Huskies’ starter Connor Cherry out of the game. Cherry left after allowing seven hits and five runs.

However, in the bottom of the second, the Huskies put together a rally after the Colts’ center fielder Brandt Cook let a catchable flyball get over his head, plating two runs and opening the flood gates.

Rylan Bailey delivered the biggest hit in the inning, plating two runs on a double to right-center. Cherry and Bryce Dobson each had an RBI single in the inning, as well.

Taking advantage of the two-out error by Cook, the Huskies took a 6-5 lead.

That lead was short lived as the Colts immediately responded with another big inning. Cedar Cliff tagged Mifflin County’s reliever Luke Lyter for four hits and five runs in the third, allowing the Colts to retake the lead at 10-6.

Cedar Cliff was gifted a few baserunners in the inning due to errors and other plays that McGonigle expects his team to make.

“We’ve got to make the routine plays and we didn’t do that a number of times tonight,” McGonigle said. “There were a couple of tough plays that should’ve been made that weren’t made. Some routine plays just got away from us.”

The four-run lead would prove to be all the Colts needed to secure the win, but the high-flying offense plated three runs in the fifth inning, a run in the sixth, and two more in the seventh.

The Huskies tacked on a run in the sixth, as Dobson scored on a wild pitch, but couldn’t make a push to close the gap.

The foursome of Huskies pitchers–Cherry, Lyter, Bailey and Landon Black had no answer for Cook who was a menace at the top of the Colts’ lineup.

Cook finished the day going 4-for-5 with four extra base hits and six RBIs.

“Cook is a stud,” McGonigle said. “He had two triples, two doubles and he sprayed the ball to all fields.”

The Huskies will look to get back in the win column on Friday as Mifflin County travels to face rival State College in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth matchup.

“We’ll get it going and we’ll get after it hard the next few days and be ready for State College on Friday,” McGonigle said.”

Cedar Cliff 16, Mifflin County 7

CC: 055 031 2–16-19-2

MC: 060 001 0–7-11-3

WP: Brandon Olinger. LP: Luke Lyter. SO: Will Stambaugh 2, Olinger 2, Tanner Crawford (CC); Rylan Bailey 2, Connor Cherry, Landon Black (MC). BB: Olinger 2, Stambaugh (CC); Cherry, Lyter (MC). 3B: Brandt Cook 2 (CC). 2B: Cook 2, Matt Ilgenfritz, Noah Bettinger, Nick Skokowski (CC); Bryce Dobson, Bailey (MC). MH: Cook 4-5, Skokowski 3-5, Ilgenfritz 2-4, Gabe Kocher 2-3, Brady Ward 2-5, David Beard 2-5 (CC); Jaxson Pupo 2-2, Bailey 2-4 (MC). RBI: Cook 6, Kocher 2, Skokowski 2, Nate Uzelac, Ilgenfritz, Ward (CC); Bailey 2, Dobson, Lyter (MC).

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