By Kenny Varner
MILROY – It was just a minor setback.
The MIfflin County 14-Year-Old Babe Ruth baseball fell in its final game of pool play Sunday, falling 9-6 to Broomall – Newtown at Armagh Field.
Mifflin County opened the contest strong, posting a 5-0 run leading heading into the third inning.
But one bad inning proved to be the difference in the contest at the Pa. State runner ups posted nine runs in the bottom of the third.
Picking up the win for Broomall-Newton was Austin Contay as he came in in early relief for starting pitcher Sean Gregor.
Mifflin County finished with five hits.
Offensively, MIfflin County was led by Logan Ruth as he went 2-for-4 scoring a run and picking up 2RBIs.
Others picking up hits for MIfflin County were Jayden Smith, Madden Weaver and Reese Christine.
Broomall-Newton tallied 11th ts in the contest, highlighted by three players with two hits each. They were Jackson Berger, Aidan Curren and Austin Contay. Berger also led the team posting 3RBIs.
Mifflin County opened the game, plating a run in the first inning.
With one out, Weaver walked and stole second.
Ruth blasted a sacrifice fly, advancing Weaver to third.
Christine followed with a walk, setting the stage for Braxton Smith.
Smith did not disappoint as he hit a high chopper that got past the shortstop, scoring Weaver.
The offense continued to roll in the second when MIfflin County rallied for a 4-run inning, taking the 5-0 advantage.
Leading off the inning was Bo Reeder. Reeder led off with a walk.
Smith blasted a high flying shot into centerfield, putting runners on first and second.
Both players moved up a base when Max Yoder put down a picture perfect bunt resulting in a sacrifice.
Michael McNitt took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Powell bounced a grounder to short, ending in a fielder’s choice forcing out McNitt. However, Reeder scored on the play.
Weaver followed as he sent a screamer into left field, scoring Powell.
Mifflin County wasn’t done yet as Ruth blasted a shot back up the middle scoring both Weaver and Powell, upping the MIfflin County lead to five.
But all the momentum would shift in third as Broomall -Newton rallied to score nine as they sent 14 batters to the plate while they scored nine times in the inning.
Mifflin County was able to get one more run in the sixth but it wouldn’t be enough as Broomall-Newton took the contest, 9-6.
Despite the Mifflin County did qualify for the semis and will be back in action Monday at Armagh Field at 4:00pm.