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MC and SC softball renews rivalry

By Kenny Varner

STATE COLLEGE – Two familiar foes met up on the softball diamond Wednesday afternoon as the Mifflin County Huskies traveled  up the Seven Mountains to meet up with State College.

State College muscled out the win in the later innings, 17-7 in six.

Picking up the win for the Lady Little Lions was Addie Harpster while Mifflin County’s Piper Specht took the loss.

“The wheels fell off. But it was a good game early,” said Mifflin County coach Craig Weston. “We didn’t give up until things started to go sideways and we didn’t stay focus. But they’re a good team. We were in it for a while there just didn’t get some key hits.”

“They (State College) got some key hits but we’ll be back tomorrow and get back to work.”

In this rivalry no lead is safe and the records never mean anything.

Wednesday was no exception as the game was back and forth until the fifth and sixth innings. 

Mifflin County opened up the contest posting a 1-0 lead.

With two outs, Dakota Hershberger kept the inning alive hustling out an infield single. She later scored when teammate Jaylee Bodtorf singled her in.

The Little Lions broke out to a 5-1 advantage in the first. 

Leadoff hitter Jesse Hawbaker started the rally with a walk. 

Sydney Wells and Addie Harpster followed with consecutive singles, loading the bases.

Torie Kroboth posted an RBI single into shallow right, scoring Hawbaker in the playoffs, tying it at one.

Gabi Todd launched a grand slam over the centerfield fence, giving the Little Lions a 5-1 lead.

But the Huskies rallied back to pull within one in the second. 

Alexis O’Brien started things out with a walk to start off the second inning.

With one out, Alaina Sharp blasted a high flying shot over the left field for the 2-run round tripper. 

Specht followed with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Malaina Maxwell. Maxwell stole second putting herself in scoring position. 

With two outs, Hershberger, who finished with three hits in the game, singled in Maxwell to cut the deficit to one.

Specht and company kept the State College offense scoreless in the second and third.

Mifflin County tied the contest in the fourth.

Riley Hine opened with a single into left.

With two out, Jaylee Bodtorf hustled out and reached on an error.

Falynn Reinard singled in Hine, tying it at five. Reinard finished the day with two hits and three RBIs. 

State College took back the lead in the bottom of the inning. The Little Lions manufactured three runs.

Highlighting the inning was a solo shot by Harpster, making it 8-5.

The Lady Little Lions added some more runs in the fifth, extending its lead to 12-5.

Mifflin County responded in the sixth inning posting two runs to cut the State lead to 11-7.

Hershberger doubled with one out to spark the mini rally.

Jaylee Bodtorf followed Hershberger on base with a walk. 

Both scored when Reinard a shot that just hit inside the right field line, notching a 2RBI single. 

But the night belonged to State College as they rallied for five in the 6th to take the 17-7 victory. 

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