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Babe Ruth league adds to its all-star excellence

LEWISTOWN — When 15-year-old Deakon Schaeffer took the first pitch of the 2021 postseason and deposited it over the fence in Lock Haven, it opened the gates for one of the biggest runs in the history of the of the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.

The three all-star teams went a combined 19-5, won a state title, captured a Mid-Atlantic Regional championship, had a state runner-up and a regional runner-up.

The postseason also produced the second longest all-star game in league history, a no-hitter, three shutouts and two players who got four hits in a game.

The Mifflin County 15-year-olds won the regional in Scranton and will be taking off for Southwest Texas sometime in August to the league’s fifth World Series. Mifflin County finished second in the state playoffs, but since it was hosted by a team from Pennsylvania, Mifflin County got to go as the second best team in the state and made the most of it.

Meanwhile the Mifflin County 13-year-olds won the league’s 25th state title and traveled to Altoona and finished second in the regionals losing to Atlantic Shore (New Jersey) in the finals.

In the 13-year-old regional semifinals, Mifflin County edged the Northern New Jersey state champion, 5-4, in 14 innings, which was the second longest all-star game in league history.

On the 14-year-old level, Calin McKnight and Grady Hoppel combined for a no-hitter, which was the league’s 26th and fifth in a state tournament.

Xavier Smith and Hunter Bailey had a small workout in Mifflin County’s 24-0 shutout win over Lock Haven (it went only three innings). Landen Eichhorn and Ryan Hine had a little more work as they combined for a five inning shutout over Maryland, 10-0 in the regionals.

On the13-year-old level, Mifflin County’s Madden Weaver had a whole lot more pressure on him as he tossed a 1-0 shutout against Tri-County in the state’s semifinal.

Logan Ruth, a 13-year-old, and McKnight ( a 14-year-old) got their names into the record books by getting four hits in a game.

And the three teams’ record of 19-5 gave Mifflin County its 53rd season in a row without a losing campaign. The last losing season occured in 1967 (0-1).

Schaeffer’s home run put him into the record books, too. It was the 145th home run for the Mifflin County league. What he didn’t know when he hit it, was there were going to be a whole lot more records and wins to follow.

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