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MC 15s stay undefeated going into Monday

Courtesy of Bub Parker

The Mifflin County 15-year-old all-star team got a strong pitching performance from Michael Anderson and came up with some timely hitting to move to 2-0 in pool play in the state tournament with a 7-4 win over Altoona in Belleville, Pa.

Anderson went six inning, gave up four hits, four runs (only one earned) and struck out six to pick up the win, while Camden Shawver came in to work a perfect seventh inning and earn the save.

Mifflin County jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The big blow in the frame came from Hudson First who ripped a two-out, two-run single to right field to score Shawver and Jacob Krepps. First then came around to score after Michael Anderson ripped a shot to second that was misplayed.

Altoona cut the margin to 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single from Lane Sell, who would later score on two-out error.

Mifflin County extended its margin to 4-2 on a two-out RBI single from Jace Shoemaker, who plated Shawer who had laced a two-out double to straight-away center field. Krepps and, Rodney Henry worked back-to-back walks to set the stage for Shoemaker.

A pair errors with two outs in the sixth cost Mifflin County its lead. A throwing error on a first-and-third stolen base attempt brought in Brendan Kuhns. Joey Grassi ended up on third on the error and scored after Mifflin County booted a bunt attempt by Austin Hammerle. Hammerle then stole second base, but Anderson struck out Bradyn Hoover to close the inning and send the game to the seventh tied at 4.

The host team then rallied. With one out, Blane Dickson laid a bunt down the third-base line and beat it out for a hit. He stole second and Noah Wright worked a walk. Dickson and Wright pulled off a double steal. Shane Dippery followed with a walk. With Levi Wise batting, Dickson raced home on a wild pitch to put Mifflin County up, 5-4. Wise was then hit by a 3-0 pitch to load the bases. Shawver delivered a huge blow with a two-run single to put the hosts up by three.

Shawver finished the game going 2 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. First was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI.

The victory set up a showdown with Broomall on Monday morning.

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