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Mifflin County falls in opening round of PIAA playoffs

Mifflin County softball state playoff game


UNIVERSITY PARK – It was a great run!!!

All good things must come to end.

Such was the great run that the Mifflin County Huskies’ softball team had this season, picking up a District 6/9 title in AAAA and playing some of the Mid-Penn’s best in the Commonwealth Division and picking up the victories.

But things came to an end for the “Purple and Black Attack”.

It was a Midd-Penn post season meeting Monday night at Beard Field at Penn State University when Mifflin County hosted Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball playoffs.

During the regular season series, the two split the series both winning on the others home field.

Hannah Ruby faced off against hard throwing Jennifer Hanshaw.

Mifflin County opened up shaky, producing five errors while Cumberland Valley took advantage of the miscues, posting seven runs in first two innings en route to the 15-1    victory of the Huskies.

Of those seven runs, only two were earned.

In the first inning, Summer Keefer got the inning started for the Eagles as she took one for the team as the ball bounced off her hand.

Teammate Taylor Haupt followed with a spot on base, thanks to a Huskies’ miscue, putting runners on first and third.

Alexa Erney, who finished one triple shy of hitting for the cycle, blasted her first hit of the game as she sent a screamer out to right centerfield, scoring her teammates and ending the first inning with a 2-0 advantage.

Hanshaw did her part in the bottom of the first, striking out the side in order, sending it to the second.

Cumberland Valley attacked the ball in the second inning, posting five runs and taking a comfortable 7-0 advantage.

Lizzy Scott led off with a one-out single to centerfield.

Shelby Mumma reached on the second miscue of the game for Mifflin County, putting runners on first and third.

Leadoff hitter Taylor Krow reached and made it to third on consecutive errors in the field, making it 4-0.

Keefer kept it going as she reached on an error allowing Krow to score, upping it to 5-0.

Rounding out the scoring in the inning once again was Erney as she blasted a 2-run shot over the wall in center, making it 7-0.

In the second inning, Mifflin County got its first hit of game by Caitlyn Smith.

An inning later, the Huskies got a stand up double by Hannah Fitzgerald to give some life to her team.

Unfortunately for Mifflin County, Cumberland Valley had it’s A-game going on defense, holding the Huskies’ scoreless.

Trailing 10-0 in the fourth, Mifflin County manager Jack McCurdy went to his bullpen. With one out, Hanna Kanagy came in to try her hand on the pitchers mound for the Huskies.

Unfortunately for the home team, the Eagles’ kept pouring on the runs adding enough runs to go into fourth inning to take a 15-0 advantage which forced Mifflin County into a must score situation.

In the fourth, Mifflin County started to hit when Caitlyn Smith extended the game to at least an inning doubling home pinch runner Maxie Johnson, making it 15-1, ending the shut out.

Maggie Wray followed with a blooping single, putting Smith on third.

However, it was too much of a deficit for the Huskies to comeback from as they fell to the Eagles in five innings by a score of 15-1.

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