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Lady Huskies punches ticket to D6 title tilt with 13-3 win over Altoona

By Kenny Varner

HIGHLAND PARK – Championship bound!

MIfflin County’s Gianna Hoppel led a rejuvenated offense that plastered 17 hits in their opening District 6 Class AAAAAA playoff game against Altoona Thursday afternoon at the Huskies’ home field.

After spotting the Mountain Lions a run in the first, the Huskies rounded out the game outscoring their opponent 13-2 the rest of the way in the 13-3 6-inning victory.

With the win, MIfflin County will move onto to play State College in the D6 title tilt Wednesday at St. Francis University for a 2 O’clock contest.

Others finishing with multiple hits for the “Purple and Black attack” were Madison Myers (3-for-5, RBI, 2 runs), MacKenzie Burdge (2-for-4, 3RBI, 2 runs), Leesha Shilling (3-for-3, single, double, run).

“Once again, we got a slow start but we hit the ball. We didn’t get any runs early but we hit the ball well. So I told the girls to just keep plugging away,” said MIfflin County coach Craig Weston. “It wasn’t those lazy fly balls we had the last games. We were just waiting to break through. Then it did. They kept battling though.

Devanie Condrack picked up the win for the Huskies as she finished with 10 strikeouts, five hits and three runs.

Altoona pitcher Madison Zimmerer took the loss.

But it would be the Mountain Lions that would cross the plate first, notching a run in their first at bat.

Lead off batter, Madison Pincin walked. She stole second base and then moved to third on a wild pitch.

With two outs, Abby Smearman singled home Pincin, making it a 1-0 contest.

Both offenses were held in tact until the bottom of the third when MIfflin County battled back to take the lead.

Leadoff hitter Madison Myers blasted a double that found the gap between center and right.

She then scored on an RBI double to right by Hoppel. On the play, Hoppel alertly moved to third after an attempted throw home was. It off.

Hoppel finished with a perfect 4-for-4 outing with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Catcher Alyssa Souders sent a blast to the outfield, sending home Hoppel and giving her an RBI on a sacrifice fly to the outfield.

Things continued to fly by until the fifth.

After keeping Altoona in check for the top of the inning, setting stage for the Huskies explosion.

Again, leading the charge was Myers. She led things off with a single to centerfield.

Hoppel moved Myers up to third when she singled to left centerfield.

Souders brought both runners in as she lands a double herself, making it a 4-1 advantage.

Burdge picked up an RBI of her own singling Souders, upping the lead to four.

With two out, Shilling smacked in Burdge ending the fifth, holding a 6-2 lead.

Altoona battled its way back into the game in the sixth, plating two runs when Gracie Wilt and Abby Sherman scored on a 2-RBI single by Riley Steinbugl.

Despite cutting the MIfflin County lead to just 6-3, things all fell apart for Altoona as the MIfflin County offense sent its game to another level, going through the line up and then some, en route to its 7-run, 7-hit inning.

When Caitlyn Kick crossed the plate, the game ended via the 10-run rule to give the Huskies the 13-3 six inning victory and a spot in the D6 Championship game.

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