Mifflin County 15s begin Mid-Atlantic tournament today
SCRANTON — Mifflin County Babe Ruth 15-year-old manager Bill Corbin has had many challenges in his long and historic career.
Trying to figure out the pitching rotaton for the upcoming Mid-Atlanitc Regional might be one of the toughest puzzles he has had to solve.
“Due to the pitch count and the turnaround of the games (the tourney starts Thursday and end Sunday) it’s hard to figure out,” Corbin said. “Because it’s double elimination (and not pool play) there is very little room for a mistake. You could pitch someone on Thursday and he couldn’t come back until the championship game on Sunday.”
Mifflin County opens up the Mid-Atlantic Regional on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Maryland. If Mifflin County wins, it will play against Northern New Jersey on Friday at 10 a.m. If Mifflin County loses, it will play at 3 p.m. also on Friday.
The other three teams in the tournament are the host Scranton (Lackawanna County), Centre County, the Pennsylvania state champion, and Southern New Jersey.
The winner will advance to the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series in Eagle Pass, Texas.
In six games, Mifflin County used eight pitchers. Landen Eichhorn picked up two wins in relief at the state tournament. He threw 10 innings, struck out nine, walked two, gave up six hits and no runs. His WHIP is 0.80.
Garrett Leitzel was 1-1 as he worked 10-plus innings. Leitzel struck out nine, walked five, gave up 12 hits and six runs. Leitzel’s WHIP came in at 1.65.
Xavier Smith and Ryan Hine each went 1-0 to round out the pitchers that got decisions.
Mifflin County gave up 18 runs and scored 59. It threw one shutout and got shutout once (the state championship game 5-0). Three times it scored in double figures including a 24-0 win over Lock Haven.
Smith and Leitzel lead the team with eight hits. Leitzel has a hit in every game. Tucker Gill is close behind with seven. Deakon Schaeffer, the team’s leadoff hitter, has six hits and has scored nine runs.
Trevor Sheaffer, Ryan Kanagy, Landen Eichhorn and Doug Weaver each have five hits. In fact, all 15 players have at least one single. The team’s batting average is .398.
Mifflin County has eight extra-base hits with Gill hitting three doubles. Schaeffer has a double and a home run.
On defense, Mifflin County committed eight errors, but half of those came in the state finals against Centre County.
Corbin now has a 736-397 record and an All-Star mark of 101-42.