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Mifflin County uses long ball to defeat Big Valley

By Kenny Varner


BELLEVILLE – Mifflin County brought its bats and its aggressive hitting into Tuesday night’s winner-take-all match up against Big Valley in the District 5 playoff game, held at Belleville.

Mifflin County fans who loved the long ball got their money’s worth as the “Purple and Gray” blasted five homeruns in their 10-4 victory over a very spunky Big Valley team.

For most of the contest, the game was very close and the game highlighted strong defensive action from both dugouts. No errors were committed in the entire contest.

Cam Shawver took the mound for Mifflin County while Big Valley went with hurler Ethan Eichhorn.

Mifflin County wasted little time putting a run on the board thanks to an Evan Smith solo homerun that soared over the centerfield fence.

Big Valley held Mifflin County the rest of the inning and went to work offensively them selves.

Leadoff hitter Trey Kibe reached on a walk to get the bottom of the inning started.

Colby Bodtorf followed with a walk of his own, quickly putting runners on first and second.

A single by Eichhorn loaded the bases.

With two outs, Brycen Hassinger blasted a 2-RBI double, putting the home team up 2-1 as the game went into the second inning.

Mifflin County went right back to work in the top of the second, taking back the lead as it scored four runs in the inning to take a 5-2 advantage.

Rod Henry got the inning going placing a single back up the middle.

Jackson Pupo put runners on first and second when he patiently waited for ball four.

With one out, Noah Wright picked up Mifflin County’s second round tripper of the game, making it 5-2.

Like in the first inning, Big Valley picked up another run by playing small ball.

Kaden Milliron led off the inning with a walk.

Colby Bordtorf came up huge for his team when he stood in with two outs and blasted an RBI single, scoring Milliron, cutting it to 5-3.

The long ball once again played a big role for Mifflin County in the fourth.

Brian Yetter stood up at the plate with Smith on third base. Yetter took an offering and blasted one over the centerfield fence, upping the Mifflin County lead to 7-3.

Big Valley refused to go away as they were able to pick up a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Mifflin County lead to three.

With two out, Bodtorf sparked his team with a single up the middle.

Eichhorn’s double, put runners on second and third with Ben Esh coming up to bat.

A wild pitch later, Bodtorf used his speed to score the team’s fourth run of the game. When the inning was over, Big Valley was still in striking distance of Mifflin County, 7-4.

Unfortunately for Big Valley, Mifflin County got a solo homerun from Henry and 2-run homer from Shane Dippery to put the game out of reach at 10-4.

Mifflin County will travel to Bellefonte Thursday while the Big Valley season ended.

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