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MC Eagles 9Us hold off late surge by Jacks Mtn, wins 12-7

By Kenny Varner

YEAGERTOWN – It was a battle for MIfflin County bragging rights.

In the opener of the MIfflin County 9U travel team tournament, Jacks Mountain went up against the MIfflin County Eagles to kick off the weekend.

Despite a little early fog, the teams took the field and lit up the diamond as the Eagles topped Jacks Mtn. 12-7.

MIfflin County broke out to an early 9-2 advantage and held off a strong late charge by the Jacks Mtn. run that would cut the game to a 9-7 contest.

But the Eagles would add a 3-run fifth to add onto its lead.

Brady Hack finished the game off on the mound for MIfflin County keeping the Jacks Mountain bats with just a hit in the inning en route to the victory.

Offensively, MIfflin County was led by Hack who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Other posting hits were Brody Keefer, Kaleb Kirk, Max Truwitz, Brycen Watton, Corter Fultz and  Chase Benfer.

Talon Penepacker and Cohen Leister had the clutch night at plate posting a hit apiece and combined for five RBIs.

Others picking up hits for Jacks Mtn were Tony Stonerook, Crosby Sunderland and Carter Palm.

In the first, MIfflin County struck early, posting a 4-run mark.

Truwitz opened things reaching on a miscue by Jacks Mtn.

Hack followed with hustling out an infield single.

Watton cleared the bases of Truwitz and Hack on a 2-RBI single.

A single by Benfer made it 3-0 as he singled in Watton.

He would later score on an RBI single to right by Kirk.

Jacks Mtn. battled back in the bottom of the second inning, plating two of their own to cut the Eagles lead to two.

After bouncing into a fielder’s choice, Sunderland stole second.

Teammate Penepacker was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with only one out.

Anderson Bittner scores both as he grounded into a fielder’s choice, making it 4-2.

MIfflin County added another run in the third when Hack scores once again. This time he scored on a Benfer fielder’s choice.

After keeping the Jacks Mtn. bats silent in the third, the MIfflin County offense was back at it again.

Scoring in the inning for the Eagles were Ean Walter, Jacob Litwin, Truwitz and Hack.

MIfflin County would carry a no-hitter into the fourth.

But the bats would come out in the bottom of the fourth for Jacks Mtn.

Lead off hitter, Luke Warfel opened the inning with a walk.

Stonerook moved him up to third.

Keister sent a blast into centerfield that scored both Warfel and Stonerook and landed him at third with a triple.

Sunderland accompanied Leister.

Penepacker brought both home on a double, closing in on MIfflin County.

Bitner ended the scoring roping an RBI single, cutting the lead to 9-7.

But MIfflin County tallied three more in the top of the inning to cushion their lead and finish with the victory.

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