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Walk off winners! MC13s battle back from 4-0 deficit to top New Jersey in 14 inning marathon

ALTOONA – It was a marathon match up for the Mifflin County 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team as they tried to keep their unbeaten streak alive against a very stingy Bererkley Heights, New Jersey team Monday in the Mid-Atlantic Championships Monday.

Mifflin County behind early 4-0 and 1-0 after the first to Berkeley Heights, putting Mifflin County into a deep hole to crawl out of.

But Mifflin County did just that, tying the game at four in the sixth causing the game to go deep into the evening.

Then in the 14th, Mifflin County completed the comeback, outlasting New Jersey 5-4.

MC had runners on in the second but couldn’t get one across.

Evan Strohecker was the starting pitcher in the day.

In the third, Madden Weaver reached but was stranded.

Berkeley added three more runs in the top of the fifth to increase its lead to 4-0.

Strohecker opened the sixth with a hit and landed on second and followed with a stolen base.

Weaver scored Strohecker on a 2-2 double.

Christine reached the base path as Weaver scored cutting the lead in half 4-2.

He scored on a double by Chase Leister. Leister was replaced by pinch runner Joel Beamer.

Ruth joined Beamer on base, putting runners on the corners. Still with no outs. Ruth later moved up to second.

Beamer scored to tie the game on a wild pitch, 4-4.

With new life, Mifflin County sent Weaver to come on to pitch and the MC defense took care of things from there by keeping Berkeley off the scoreboard in the seventh.

Mifflin County could not find a way to cross the plate in the bottom of the inning, forcing extra innings.

Facing runners on second and third with one out, Mifflin County’s defense stood strong and refused to give an inch, taking the game into the bottom of the eighth.

The game went into the ninth, Mifflin County once again held tight keeping their opponents off the board.

Weaver, who finished with nine strike outs, made quick work of the Berkeley batters, once again giving the “Blue and White” the chance to win the game.

But MC couldn’t score as well, sending the game into the 10th.

In the top of the 10th, the MC defense bent but didn’t break as it found itself with the bases loaded with one out. But once again they were able to get out of it unscathed.

Neither team could not post a run in the 11th, 12th and 13th so the game went into the

In the bottom of the14th with the anti action growing on who would score and pick up the victory.

Mifflin County held firm in their defensive part of the inning then giving it to their offense.

In the 14th, Max Yoder led off the inning reaching first. Nazea Traxler joined Yoder on base. Strohecker then loaded the bases for Madden Weaver. Weaver did not disappoint as he took one for the team bringing in Yoder on a hit by pitch to win the game and complete the comeback.

It will be a quick turnaround as the team will play for a Mid-Atlantic Championship title at 2pm.

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