Huskies offense erupts in romp of Colts
MC pounds out 18 hits on Senior Night
LEWISTOWN — With rain and a COVID pause halting Mifflin County, Huskies’ coach Craig Weston was concerned that rust might play a factor in his team’s first game in 13 days.
The Huskies’ bats didn’t get the message as Mifflin County pushed across 13 runs on a blistering 18 hits on the way to a 13-7 victory over Cedar Cliff in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth softball contest Monday night in Lewistown.
Mifflin County (7-5) celebrated its nine seniors in style with eight of the Huskies’ seniors recording an RBI in the victory. Josie Kibe led the way with three RBIs, Alyssa Souders and Jaylyn Moore each drove in a pair, while Gianna Hoppel, Madison Myers, Mackenzie Burdge, Leesha Shilling, Devanie Condrack and Allison Gahagan each recorded RBIs in the rout.
“We were just hitting the ball,” Weston said. “Having the layoff that we did, we knew that we were going to be rusty in some spots and I worried about our hitting, but the girls came out swinging the bats. That made the difference today. We didn’t know what to expect. We told the girls to keep swinging. We weren’t allowed to do anything, and I understand that. That was a concern, but they really came out ready to swing the bat today.”
Cedar Cliff (4-11) started strong, plating a pair of runs on three hits including an RBI double by Clair Farrell before the Huskies responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Souders and Kibe drove in runs on RBI doubles while an RBI single by Jaylyn Moore and an RBI groundout by Gahagan gave Mifflin County the 4-2 advantage.
The Huskies had an answer for the Cedar Cliff offense all evening, breaking a tie twice on the way to the decisive victory.
Cedar Cliff tied the game in the top of the third, scoring on a throwing error and a wild pitch before an RBI double by Kibe and RBI groundouts by Moore and Condrack allowed Mifflin County to retake the lead at 7-4.
The Colts added two more runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Maya Capozzoli and a triple by Lily Berrier. The Colts tied the game at 7-7 when Berrier scored on a wild pitch.
“That was quite a slugfest,” Weston said. “It was back and forth. Both teams kept battling. I was impressed with the way we ran the bases today. I think that helped with our hitting.”
Mifflin County rallied to take the lead for good in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring twice on an RBI triple down the left field line by Souders and again on a sacrifice fly by Kibe. The Huskies added two more in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away.
“I think that we looked pretty good at the plate,” Souders said. “We were definitely a lot better than I expected after a week of not playing.”
Kibe, Souders and Shilling had three hits each while Caitlyn Kick and Madison Myers each had two. Hoppel, Moore, Burdge and Wolfgang also recorded hits for the Huskies.
“That’s one thing with this team, you just never know who it will be — it can be any player or any bat — to produce and that’s what makes us go,” Weston said. “Those girls really came to play today, and it was senior night too. I was glad to get the seniors in and it was a big night for them and an emotional one as well.”
Condrack picked up the victory for Mifflin County going four innings allowing seven runs — five earned — on eight hits, while striking out four and walking two.
Wolfgang was stellar in relief, slamming the door on Cedar Cliff. The Colts did not record a hit off Wolfgang, as she threw three innings, striking out six and allowing just two baserunners on walks on the way to a save.
While the layoff was difficult for the Huskies, coming back strong was a must and the team was up to the task.
“It was kind of hard, but we played well as a team,” Souders said. “We were better than I expected us to be. We’re definitely a fighting team and nobody gives up. If someone gets down, everyone is already on them to get back up. Nobody is allowed to get down.”
Kibe and Souders made the most of their senior nights, going a combined 6-for-7 with five RBIs. Souders finished a triple shy of the cycle in the victory.
“Last year I felt so bad for the seniors that weren’t able to have a senior night,” Kibe said. “I felt bad for them and I was really nervous that we wouldn’t get to have one. I’m so glad that we did. I was really looking forward to it.”
Weston spoke highly of his senior-laden team after the victory.
“This group of seniors leads the pack. You just can’t ask for a nicer group of girls,” Weston said. “They come in every day ready to practice and it doesn’t matter if they are in the starting lineup or not. They come in ready to go and are always pushing their teammates. Losing last year and with everything this year, it’s one of those things. You feel for these kids and you’re grateful to get this night in.”
The Huskies sit at 7-5 and have four games left on their regular season schedule. Mifflin County currently holds the No. 1 spot in District 6 Class 6A over State College and Altoona. Mifflin County lost a couple games earlier in the season, but Kibe is pleased with the direction the team is heading in.
“We definitely had some slumps at the beginning of the year but we’re coming around,” Kibe said. “We are definitely going to be ready for Districts.”
Mifflin County 13, Cedar Cliff 7
MC 403 222 0 — 13 18 1
CC 202 300 0 — 7 8 2
WP: Devanie Condrack. LP: Jenna Weaver. SV: Madison Wolfgang. SO: Wolfgang 6, Condrack 4 (MC); Weaver 4 (CC). BB: Condrack 2, Wolfgang 2 (MC); Weaver 1 (CC). 3B: Alyssa Souders (MC); Lily Berrier (CC). 2B: Josie Kibe 2, Souders (MC); Emmalee Mowery, Clair Farrell, Keira Price (CC). MH: Souders 3-4, Kibe 3-3, Leesha Shilling 3-4, Madison Myers 2-4, Caitlyn Kick 2-4 (MC); Berrier 3-3, Mowery 2-4 (CC). RBI: Kibe 3, Souders 2, Jaylyn Moore 2, Gianna Hoppel 1, Myers 1, Mackenzie Burdge 1, Shilling 1, Condrack 1, Allison Gahagan 1 (MC); Maya Capozzoli 1, Berrier 1, Farrell 1, Eliza Lane 1 (CC).