Photo by Bob Hockenbrock
Mifflin County 6, Altoona 2
LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County bats came alive in a big way in its 6-2 victory over Altoona on Tuesday.
The game was held scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth inning when the Huskies got on the board in a very unorthodox way. The bases were loaded with Tucker Gill at the plate and laid down a bunt that sailed just over the head of Altoona pitcher Evan Alwine’s head which scored Farrell Souders. Mifflin County added another run thanks to Xavier Smith who tapped a sacrifice fly to right that brought in Hayden Yoder.
The Mountain Lions responded in the top half of the forth with back-to-back doubles from Connor Weyandt and Brennan Freiwald that cut the lead down to 2-1.
But that didn’t slow down the Huskies offensively as they answered in the bottom half of that inning and scored four runs in the frame.
Ryan Hine got it started with a lead off home run on a full count pitch by reliever Trent Meyers that sailed over the right field fence. Calin McKnight turned it into a home run party with the next at-bat and tanked one well over the left field fence for back-to-back home runs.
The Huskies added on two more runs in the inning with GianPaolo Pannizzo who drew a walk with the bases loaded that scored Souders. But the ball got away from the catcher which allowed Yoder to reach home plate.
Hine led the Huskies at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run.
Landen Eichhorn got the call to start for Mifflin County on the mound. Eichhorn went five innings and collected three strikeouts and allowed one run off of seven hits.
Mifflin County (2-1) hosts Chambersburg on Thursday.