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MC 14Us win nail biter over Top Notch 6-5

By Kenny Varner

YEAGERTOWN – Before their tournament play in the 2020 MC  Summer Bash, the MIfflin County Eagles all donned the number 99 in home of their friend Danon Beaston, who tragically passed away earlier this month.

The team also spray painted the 99 right behind pitchers mound and also sported Number 99 signs in the outfield wall.

But most Importantly, they dedicated their tournament games in memory of Beaston.

In their game against Top Notch, the Eagles got on top early and did not fold as the home team, Top Notch, ties the contest as the two went into the final inning.

It would be a steal home by Jaden King that would be the only run they would need after that as pitcher John Paul Pannizzo would shut the doors in the seventh, picking up the win 6-5.

Alert base running and clutch hits got the Eagles off and running in the first.

Tye Plank got the game going on a simple walk.

He stole second and moved up to third as Farrell Souders also reaches base. However, he was replaced on the base paths after falling awkwardly at first.

Ryan Hine blasted a long fly to the outfield, allowing Plank to put his team up 1-0.

MIfflin County starter Doug Weaver looked strong to start the game, striking out three.

In the second, the offense again manufactured a run, going up 2-0.

Weaver helped his cause early by singling and later scoring to add to the lead.

Weaver continues to handcuff Top Notch sending them down in order.

Top Notch and MIfflin County both held each other scoreless in the third.

The highlight of the inning is Weaver’s pick off attempt on pinch runner Conner Knight that led to a successful rundown by the Eagles.

In his three innings on the mound, Weaver was near perfect, allowing just one hit and collecting three strike outs.

MIfflin County got the offense moving again in the fifth, plating three to go ahead 5-0.

Knode, who went 2-for-3 from the plate, led off with an infield single.

Bryson Bubb singled him to extend the lead.

Micah Simmons kept it going with a walk.

With two outs, Plant roped an RBI single back the middle to score Bubb and send Simmons to third.

Simmons used his speed to score on a wild pitch by Top Notch.

There was no quit in the Top Notch game as they rallied in the fifth to come within striking distance with a 4-run inning.

Jack Gibson slapped a single to left to get the momentum started.

Conner Knight followed with a walk and both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch.

Conner Knepp loaded the bases on a walk of his own.

Owen Santiago walked next to bring in Gibson.

An Eagles miscue allowed Knight and Kapp.

Kapp and teammate Caden Berry both scored to come within a run.

They also plated the tying run on an RBI single by Gibson.

However, the MIfflin County crew would show its patience and get the run they needed in their last at bats.

King singles and reached third when the throw to first went into the outfield. He would score on a wild pitch and error for the winning run, 6-5.

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