MC’s stellar run ends in regional title
Left It All Out on the Field
ALTOONA–Sometimes on the Babe Ruth tournament trail what happens the day before can cause problems the following day.
That is what happened to the Mifflin County 13-year-old All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon.
After coming off a 5-4, 14 inning win over Northern New Jersey on Monday, Mifflin County had to try to rebound against a strong, Southern New Jersey team from Atlantic Shore.
Aftter winning nine-straight games, the end came in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals finals in an 8-0 loss. Atlantic Shore will move onto the 13-year-old World Sereis in Jamestown, NY.
“They made the plays today and we didn’t,” said Denny Yetter, the Mifflin County manager, “We had some costly errors and they didn’t. What really hurt was that 14 inning game (Monday),” Yetter noted, “If we don’t go those extra innings, we had our pitching all set up.”
Aiden Ralph held the Mifflin County bats down to six hits and no runs. It was the first time Mifflin County was shutout.
It was scoreless for the first three innings as Logan Ruth kept the Atlantic Shore offense at bay. Ruth only gave up one hit, two walks and no runs for the first three innings.
To open the fourth, Matt Wagner hit a solo home run and the flood gates were open. Before the inning was done, Atlantic Shore had scored three more runs on two more hits, a walk and three Mifflin County errors.
After Ruth went out, Chase Leister, Max Yoder and Chase Hartung all appeared on the mound.
Atlantic Shore scored four more times in the fifth to wrap up the game.
Mifflin County finished with six hits. In only two innings did the local All-Stars come up with multiple hits. Ruth and Nathan Parkes each had hits in the second inning.
And in the seventh, Bo Reeder and Hartung had back-to-back singles.
“It was a heck of a run,” Yetter noted, “That 14-inning game really messed up our pitching rotation,”
Mifflin County’s other two hits came from Jayden Smith, a single in the fourth and Reese Christine, a single in the sixth.
The finish by the 13-year-olds was the sixth-best, tied with five other teams, 2017, 15-year-olds; 2009, 15-year-olds; 2004, 13-year-olds; 2003, 14-year-olds and 1960, 13-15-year-olds… Denny Yetter’s nine (9-1) wins ranks him 16th on the all-time Mifflin County win list for All-Star managers… Atlantic Shore draws from the metro area of Ocean City and Atlantic City… Mifflin County now has an overall record of 733-319.