By Kenny Varner
STATE COLLEGE – It’s the little things that count.
Despite falling behind early 3-1, Mifflin County had all of its players zoned in and manufacturing runs and doing the little things that wins game. It was a total team effort as the Huskies battled back to take the 7-3 victory.
With the win, the Huskies notch their first win of the season.
Landen Eichhorn came in in relief of Doug Weaver and pitched a strong game, allowing only two hits and two strikeout keeping the Little Lions off the scoreboard in his time on the mound.
“Doug (Weaver) fought through two innings for us and then Landen (Eichhorn) came in and shut the door for four straight innings,” said MIfflin County head coach John McGonigal. “I’m proud of the effort. I’m proud of the team effort. We got the timely hits we needed. A lot of guys contributed. It was a great all around day for us.”
Tucker Gill led the team with a 2-for-4 night at the plate, posting an RBI and a run scored.
Others picking up hits for the Huskies were Xavier Smith (1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs scored), Ryan Kanagy (1-for-2, 2 runs, RBI), Calin McKnight (1-for-3, RBI), Hayden Yoder (1-for-3, run) and Eichhorn (1-for-2, run).
Mifflin County started off the game with an early 1-0 advantage going into the bottom of the first.
With two out, Kanagy and Ryan Hine both walked, putting runners on first and second.
Kanagy was replaced on the base path by JP Pannizzo.
McKnight smashed an RBI single into the outfield allowing Pannizzo to hustle from second to home without any play at the plate.
State College would return the favor in the bottom of the inning.
Leadoff hitter Sebastian Rhoades led things off with a double.
Tony Herzing followed with a walk.
With only one out, Adam Cooper blasted a 2-run double, plating both teammates, giving State College the lead at 2-1.
In the second, State College added a run to up the lead to two. Jensen Chestnut sent a laser one-hop grand rule double to left center. He then scored on an RBI single by Herzing.
But the Huskies rallied back in the third.
Gill led off the inning with a single into left. He later scored on a wild pitch, cutting the lead to 3-2.
Smith followed with a walk and moved up on the wild pitch as well to third base. Ryan Kanagy would join Smith on base with a walk of his own.
Smith would hustle out a fielders choice to second by Ryan Hine, tying things at three.
Kanagy scored as he stole home after his teammate was picked off at first.
Eichhorn had his pitches working as he sent down State College without a run in the fourth.
The “Purple and Black” took the lead in the fourth. Hayden Yoder singled and later scored on an RBI single by Gill to put the Huskies in the lead for good.
Mifflin County added two more runs in the seventh to take home the victory and even its record to 1-1.
They are back in action Friday at Midd-West.