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Mifflin County loses late heartbreaker to Cedar Cliff

By Kenny Varner

CAMP HILL – It was a nail biter from beginning to end.

The Mifflin County baseball team traveled to Cedar Cliff High School to play an early Mid-Penn Classic.

But the young Huskies fell in the seventh inning to the Colts 4-3.

Cedar Cliff loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and the Huskies walked in the winning run to end the ball game.

It wasn’t a win that they hoped for but coach John McGonigle.

“I thought overall it was a good game. We took advantage of their mistakes early,” said McGonigle. “When we start putting the ball in play we’re going to be a dangerous team.”

With the game was tied at three going into the bottom of the inning,  Cedar Cliff was very patient at the plate.

With one out, Matt lgenfritz singled on a hard ground ball to center field to start the Cedar Cliff rally.

David Beard walked to put runners on first and second with Ryan Esh on the mound. Ilgenfritz advanced to second.

Mifflin County went to its bullpen for Landon Eichhorn.

Carter Enders showed patience at the plate, walking as well to load the bases.

Bennett Sechrest gave his team the walk off win with an RBI walk, quietly ending the game.

An inning earlier the Huskies found themselves with the bases full of Colts but went to their bull pen with two outs.

However, in came Ryan Esh and he was cool under pressure, throwing one pitch and forcing Gabe Kocher to ground out, keeping the tie in tact at three.

Mifflin County started the contest posting the first run of the game in the second inning.

Ryan Hine got things started when he blasted his way to a stand up double.

Landon Black doubled home Hine, making it a 1-0 contest.

But the lead did not stay long. Cedar Cliff rallied right back to take the lead in the bottom of the inning, plating two.

Going into the top of the fourth, MIfflin County took back the lead, scoring two runs of its own.

With two outs, Luke Lyter kept the drive alive as he hustled out and error by Cedar Cliff.

Landon Black showed strong poise at the plate, walking to put runners on first and second.

Tucker Gill hit a slow chopper to the third baseman that handicapped him, forcing an error and allowed in Lyter and Black to move up.

Doug Weaver came into pinch run for  Gill.

A wild pitch by Cedar Cliff allowed the Huskies to score Lyter and , taking the lead back going in the fifth.

Cedar Cliff was stingy from there, allowing turnover.

The Colts battled back and scored a run in the fifth.

The Huskies will be back in action Thursday as they host Altoona.

Cedar Cliff 4, MIfflin County 3

MC 010 200 0 – 3 5 0

CC 020 010 0 – 4 9 3

WP: Luke Minium (CC)

LP: Ryan Esh

Multiple hitters: MIfflin County – Xavier Smith 2-for-4. Cedar Cliff – Nate Uzelak 2-for-3 run, Matt Ilgenfritz 2-for-3.

HR: None

3B: None

2B: CC – Kocher, Ilgenfritz. MC – Ryan Hine, Landon Black

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