Huskies show rust in loss to Wildcats
Mifflin County batters strike out 13 times
LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County Huskies went into Monday afternoon’s game on the heels of a dramatic walk-off win last Thursday, but were unable to ride that momentum in a 7-0 loss to Central Mountain.
“I’ll take the blame for this one,” Mifflin County coach Craig Weston said. “We just didn’t have them ready to go.”
The Huskies were blanked by the Wildcats’ starting pitcher, Adalynn McKeague, who threw a complete-game, six-hitter while striking out 13 batters.
“We didn’t put the ball in play enough. We had too many strikeouts,” Weston said. “We were flat. Our intensity, our emotion, just wasn’t there.”
McKeague’s fastball was electric out of her hand and she was able to locate it all around the plate. She got multiple Mifflin County batters to chase the heaters high above the zone, and the Huskies were unable to do much against the pitch.
With Mifflin County keying in on the fastball, McKeague was able to change up speeds by throwing several off-speed pitches that had batters out in front.
Mifflin County had a chance to set the tone for the game in the first inning, but was unable to do so. After starting pitcher Madison Wolfgang worked around a two-out double in the top of the first, the Huskies got an infield single from Madison Myers and a double from Alyssa Souders to put runners in scoring condition with only one out.
McKeague was unflappable, striking out Josie Kibe and Mackenzie Burdge to keep the Huskies off the board.
From there, McKeague was in total command. Starting with the punchouts of Kibe and Burdge, McKeague struck out seven Huskies in a row and retired 17 of the first 20 batters.
“She threw well. You can’t take anything away from her,” Weston said about McKeague’s performance. “That’s a really good team.”
The Wildcats began their scoring in the third, using four hits and a walk to push across three runs. The biggest hit in the inning was a two-out double by lead-off hitter Alyssa Fisher that plated a pair.
While McKeague was keeping the Huskies off-balanced, the Wildcats’ offense was adding multiple insurance runs. Riley Houser doubled in a run in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead before a three-run seventh put the game out of reach for Mifflin County.
In a game that was dominated by the opposition, there were a few bright spots for Mifflin County.
In the second inning, Alexis O’Brien caught a fly ball in right field and threw a runner out at home for a double play that kept the score at 1-0. In the third, Houser reached on a single, but was erased on a slick, double play by Myers at shortstop. Myers fielded the ground ball, tagged second base and fired a strike to Leesha Shilling at first for the 6-6-3 putout.
At the dish, the Huskies tallied six hits, half of which came off of the red-hot bat of Souders. The Huskies catcher doubled in the first and recorded a single in the fourth and sixth innings. Each hit was well-struck and Souders was the only Mifflin County batter that was able to figure out McKeague.
“Doesn’t matter what the score is or who we’re playing, she comes every day, ready to go,” Weston said about Souders. “She’s one of the players you can count on.”
Despite the loss, Weston expects his team to bounce back and play at the level he knows they are capable of. The Huskies have proven to be a team that is able to let these types of losses roll off their backs.
“We have another game coming up so we don’t have time to worry about it,” Weston said. “You learn from the mistakes you made. I think this team has the ability to get ready to go.”
Central Mountain 7, Mifflin County 0
CM: 030 010 3–7-11-0
MC: 000 000 0–0-7-0
WP: Adalynn McKeague. LP: Madison Wolfgang. SO: Wolfgang 4, Devanie Condrack 2 (MC); McKeague 13. BB: Wolfgang 2, Condrack (MC); McKeague (CM). HR: Madison Hardy (CM). 2B: Alyssa Souders (MC); Alyssa Fisher 2, Riley Houser 2, Caitlyn Watson, Allison Lininger (CM). MH: Fisher 3-4, Houser 3-4 (CM). RBI: Fisher 2, Hardy 2, Watson, Houser, McKeague (CM).