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MC 12U battle early, falls late to CV/Clearfield

By Kenny Varner

REEDSVILLE – The MIfflin County 12U softball All-Stars’ season came to an end Monday night as they fell 9-3 to Curwensville/Clearfield.

However, the “Purple and White” put up a valiant fight, leading 2-0 in the first four innings before CV/Clearfield rallied for a 9-run bottom of the fourth to take the lead.

MIfflin County battled back in the top of the fifth to plate a run, but from there the CV/Clearfield defense took control to hold onto the win.

“I am real proud of how we played tonight. Five innings we won and one inning they won and sometimes you are on the losing end of it,“ said MIfflin County coach Jason Treaster. “Unfortunately tonight that’s how it turned out. Tonight we hit the ball and got some across. We started off good and strong it just didn’t turn out right because of that one inning.”

Picking up the win for CV/Clearfield was Joelle Henry. She allowed six hits, struck out seven.

MIfflin County’s offense were led by Emily Porch’s 2-for-3 performance.

Other picking up hits for MIfflin County were Layla Osman (1-for-3), Lexi Trutt (1-for-3), Mya Felmlee (1-for-2, run), Maxi Pietzsch (1-for-3, run) and Emma Norman (1-for-1, RBI).

After a scoreless first inning, MIfflin County scored first.

After a single to lead off the inning, Porch stole second and then third.

She would score on an error by the CV/Clearfield catcher.

Defensively, the MIfflin County crew were on top of things posting two double plays in the first three innings. Both were by heads up catches by Porch.

Both teams again went scoreless in the third.

Back came MIfflin County in the top of the fourth.

Felmlee started things off with a shot into shallow left field. She stole second and later moved up to third on a fielder’s’ choice by Porch.

She would score on a strikeout that got away from the catcher and was forced to throw the ball to first, making it a 2-0 affair.

CV/Clearfield broke through in a big way in the bottom of the inning.

The team went through the lineup, sending a total of 13 to the plate, resulting in nine runs off of three hits.

But the group from MIfflin County refused to go down without a fight as they picked up a run in the fifth.

Pietzsch singled a blast into the left.

She later scored on Norman’s grounder that went under both the first baseman and second baseman’s gloves, cutting the deficit to six.

It would be too little too late as the MIfflin County offense could not put a last inning run.

“We weren’t going to quit. We were coming back. Addy hit a hard hit and if it’s not caught by the pitcher we would still be playing.”

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