By Kenny Varner
MILROY – Cool under pressure!
Despite the blistering heat that the area has been experiencing, the MIfflin County 14-year old All-Stars went about Saturday night’s game against Hamilton/North Burlington in business like fashion not allowing anything, not even an early deficit, keep them away from their goal.
An 11-run inning by the crew from MC topped the team from New Jersey 13-4 in the second game of the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals.
The combination of MC pitchers Elliot Yetter and Chase Hartung kept the Hamilton bats quiet, combining on a 4-hitter.
Offensively, MIfflin County again had its eye on the prize posting nine hits on the night.
Leading the offensive charge for MIfflin County was Braxton Smith and Logan Ruth who both tallied two hits each. Smith also paced the team with 3RBIs. Ruth and Bo Reeder both tallied two. Rounding out the RBIs was Yetter.
The MIfflin County offense also was helped out by seven Hamilton errors.
Hamilton opened the scoring in the second inning, plating two.
Simeon McDaniel got the inning going with a walk. He moved up to second when Stalin Hernandez singled to put runners on first and second.
With one out, Kellen Bernabe walked to load the bases.
Jake Jardine brought home McDaniel on an RBI walk.
Mifflin County’s defense stood up and picked up a double play to end the inning, but it wasn’t a textbook DP.
Yariel Guzman sent a sacrifice fly to right field. Bernabe tug up and sprinted for home, the play to the plate was wide but catch Reese Christine alertly caught Jardine in a pickle. However, Bernabe was caught as well as MIfflin County ended the inning with the successful rundown.
Mifflin County rallied back to cut the Hamilton lead in half at 2-1 in the bottom of the inning.
Nathan Parkes hustled out a single by shortstop, reaching on a single. He later stole second and was in scoring position at second.
Yetter smoked one back the middle for the RBI single as Parkes chugged home.
Things fell apart for Hamilton in the third as MIfflin County was able to manufacture 11 runs in the inning.
Gavin Powell reached on a Hamilton miscue. Ruth followed with a single and both scored on a Braxton Smith double into the right field gap, giving MC their first lead of the game.
Christine followed with a walk. He stole second and moved up to third on stolen base. He later scored from third via a balk.
Parkes followed with a strikeout he was able to run out and reach safely. On the play, Christine also scored.
Jayden Smith singled and teammate and Yetter walked but was able to pick an RBI.
Like he did in his team’s debut on Friday, Bo Reeder came off the bench and immediately made an impact hitting a shot into right field, scoring Jayden Smith and Yetter, making it a 8-2 ball game with MIfflin County still pushing forward.
When the dust settled, MIfflin County had completed an 11-run inning, upping MC’s lead to 12-2.
In the fourth, Hamilton tried to keep the game close but had to settle for just a 2-run inning, cutting it to a 12-4 endeavor.
Chase Hartung came in and silenced the inning.
Mifflin County added a run in the bottom of the sixth wile Hartung sizzled striking out seven total.
Going into Sunday’s match up, MIfflin County is still undefeated and are hoping to make the semis on Monday.