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Mifflin County 12Us fall in semis

LEWISTOWN – In its first year under the moniker of Cal Ripken baseball, the Mifflin County Youth baseball team’s are learning to adjust to playing against new teams with different styles and pitchers.
Rec Park in Lewistown had the honor of hosting a state playoff tournament and the 12 U team from Mifflin County had a chance to go up against some strong talent from across the state.
In the end, the Mifflin County 12Us fell in the semi finals 25-3 to Minooka.
Playing against the top seed in the semi finals Mifflin County went up against Minooka, a team they battled with in the first game, the group started out tough.
Things started out on a positive note for the Mifflin County crew, sporting a 2-run top of the first.
With one out, Tyler Blystone singled into left field, setting the stage for Reed Earnest.
Earnest was up for the challenge as he sent a screamer over the wall in right centerfield, giving the MC offensive attack a 2-0 advantage.
However, only playing with nine players and already played a game earlier in the day, the “Purple and White’s” defense and pitching tired as Minooka broke open the game early in the bottom of the inning, playing 13 to take an 11-run lead into the second.
Minooka held Mifflin County in the top of the inning and then upped the lead by one, making it 14-2.
Again like in the first inning, Minooka had its offense rolling scoring another 12 runs in the third to put the game out of reach 25-2.
But Mifflin County was able to plate another run in the top of the fourth as Aaden Earnest doubled and eventually scored, ending the scoring at 25-3.
In their first game of day two, Mifflin County hung tough with North Pocono for much of the contest before NP pulled away late en route to the 17-2 victory.
Day one proved to be a learning experience for the youngsters and the locals had a few good moments but finished 0-2 on the day.
In the first contest, Mifflin County went up against Minooka.
The visitors were primed and ready to go from the very start posting an early 5-0 advantage and never looked back, taking the contest 18-3 in five innings.
Highlighting the first game for Mifflin County was Isaac Wilson who blasted a 2-run home run for his team’s’ only runs.

Game 2
BYC 18, Mifflin County 3
Things started out promising for the locals as they were the visiting team and scored one in the first inning and then two in the second, taking a 3-1 advantage as the game went into the third inning.
Playing with only nine players and being short handed, “the Purple and White” tired out in the bottom of the third as it allowed BYC to score 17 runs in the inning, taking the wind out of Mifflin County’s sail.
Wilson once again sent went deep, deep out of the park for his second 2-run home run home run of the game, creating the early spark for Mifflin County team.
However, there is one last chance for redemption on Sunday as the team will play its final game Sunday at 10 am.

In Other weekend action,
Day 2 results
Mifflin County 10Us 16, Minooka 4
MC 10U wins consolation game 16-4 against Minooka, finished at 2-2 overall.
Game one
Upper Marion 9, Mifflin County 10Us 2
MC 10U loses game 3 in pool play 9-2 against Upper Merion, finishes pool play at 1-2, and it was on to the consolation game.
Day one
Brandywine 7, Mifflin County 10Us 5
In Spring City, Mifflin County 10U Allstars lost their first game in pool play 7-5 to Brandywine.
Mifflin County 10Us 9, Lehigh Valley 7
During the second game of day one In Spring City, MC 10U won game two of pool play 9-7 against Lehigh Valley. I

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