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When you have two teams that have built up a fierce rivalry over the years and you put them in a championship scenario, records or season resumes may be forgotten.
Such was the case Wednesday when two familiar Mid -Penn foes met for the third time in a winner-take-all game for the DIstrict 6 6A title when Mifflin County battled it out against State College.
The State College bats were working but despite Mifflin County hitting the ball hard it was usually to someone, especially the second and third basemen.
In the end, the Little Lions would pull the upset over the Midd-Penn Champion 6-3 to capture its first softball title in 11 tries.
With the win, the Little Lions improved to 8-12 on the year while the Huskies fell to 18-5.
Highlighting the game was the mammoth home run hit by pinch hitter Brandi Treibel that hit the scoreboard for another State College run.
Hannah Kanagy took to the mound for the Huskies while Emma Wolfe faced off against the hurler as she got the nod for State College.
Kayla Hawbaker and Andrea Kling finished the game offensively both with two hits.
Darcy Wilson paced the Huskies with a 2-for-4 effort.
Both teams went scoreless in the first.
The Little Lions struck first playing two runs in second.
Ashley Thomas led off with a walk.
Two batters later, McKenzie Shannon walked.
A sacrifice bunt by Morgan Arnold, putting runners on second and third.
Kling’ bunt attempt worked for them as the Huskies had a miscue in their attempt to get her out, resulting in both Thomas and Shannon reaching home plate safely.
Mifflin County cut it to a 2-1 State College advantage.
Caitlyn Smith singled to start the inning and moved up to second on a fielders choice by teammate Hannah Fitzgerald.
Maxie Johnson stepped up to the plate and drilled a double to the centerfield wall, scoring Smith.
However, the Little Lions answered right back in the fifth plating three more runs.
With a 5-1 advantage, State College brought in pinch hitter Treibel. She hit a shot to left field that cleared the fence and then some bouncing off the middle of the scoreboard, upping it to 6-1.
But like the fighting champions they are, the Huskies launched one last attempt at a rally and scored two runs but it wasn’t enough as the Little Lions held on for the 3-run victory.
State College will move onto play Erie McDowell next Wednesday to earn a spot in the PIAA State playoffs.

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