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Instant Classic: MIfflin County 10s softball team shows late game heroics in win over Penns Valley


Lead Photo courtesy of Alysha Bunch
By Kenny Varner

SPRING MILLS – What a way to start!

In an instant classic battle, the Mifflin County 10-year old all-stars trailed early but battled back to outlast a very competitive Penns Valley team 12-10.

Mifflin County found itself trailing 8-7 going into their last at bats before finding some 2-out lightning and post five runs and keep the Penns Valley crew to just two runs en route to the first round win in all-star competition.

With a loss looming over their heads in the top of the sixth, Rose Miller put down a tough bunt single that saw the ball overthrown at first, taking advantage of the overthrow, Miller raced to third and then scored via a wide throw to the pitcher, tying it at 8-8.

Alison Harlan followed with a walk. She stole second and third.

Audrey Wagner was hit by a pitch. She alertly stole second.

Harlan scored and Wagner moved up a base on a wild pitch.

Mifflin County took the lead 9-8.

Jaylinn Schreffler showed patience at the plate as she also walked, setting the stage for Remmi Stringer as she smashed an 2RBI triple, sending the visitors into the bottom of the inning with a 12-8 advantage.

But Penns Valley battled back and refused to go down quietly.

Morgan Homan got the ball rolling as she walked as did Gianna Allegretto and Jaisa Johnson.

Homan and Allegretto sparked things as both stole home, cutting it to a 12-10 deficit.

But winning pitcher Rylee Pully, struck out the next two batters to clinch the victory for the “Purple and Orange”.

Pully came in relief in the fourth and the lefty struck out eight in helping MIfflin County to the comeback win.

Mifflin County opened the game with some two-out lightning as well.

Lucy Breon got things underway posting a single by 2B.

Pully kept things going with a walk as well.

Kenley Powell put the first runs on the board as she blasted an 2RBI single, making it a 2-0 contest.

Penns Valley rallied back to knot the game at two.

Morgam Homan led things with a single. She stole both second and third and later home, cutting it to a 2-1 contest.

Allegretto walked as well.

Lena Clapp tied the game on an RBI infield single.

Both teams also scored a run in the second, going into the third tied at three.

After being held scoreless in the top of the inning, the MIfflin County group found themselves falling behind as the Penns Valley bats opened up a 7-3 contest.

Mifflin County slugged their way back, cutting it to just a 7-6 Penns Valley advantage.

Penns Valley added a run in the bottom of the inning, sending Mifflin County into the sixth needing to post a run to tie.

The crew was up for the challenge with the five runs in their final at bats.

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