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Wilson’s Meat tops Wray’s Landscaping in Cliff hanging fashion; advances to third round

By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – This one had cliff hanger written all over it!

Wilson’s Meats met up with Wray’s Landscaping in round two of the MIfflin County Super Series playoffs.

Both offenses exploding onto the scene as the game found itself a 9-7 contest after four with Wilson’s leading going into the sixth inning.

Wray’s made one last attempt for the tie but came up just a run short before falling 9-8.

Wilson’s win was highlighted by a massive 3-run home run by Jett Powell.

Leading the offensive punch for Wilson’s were hits by Jared Sickel, Lucas Hartung, Powell, Reese Hine, Kaden Hook and David Snyder.

‘Big Red’ finished with six hits.

In the tough loss, Wray’s pounded out seven hits.

Leading the charge were the bats of Logan Bumgardner (2-for-3), Kyle Shirk, Colton Aumiller, Noah Wray and Elijah Hower.

The visitors were Wray’s in this contest and they wasted little time getting runs across the plate.

With one out, Kyle Shirk opened things with a walk.

He moved over to third on a single by Bumgardner.

Shirk scored as he hustled out and reached home on a fielder’s choice RBI by Easton Lepley.

Moving up to third on the play was Bumgardner. Bumgardner scored on a wild pitch to give his teams early 2-0 advantage.

Wilson’s battled back in the bottom of the inning, tying things at two.

Hartung led off with a smashing single to right field.

Bo Benny, who picked up the save, walked.

Hartung scored on a fielding miscue while at third, cutting the lead Wray’s in half.

Reese Hine blasted an RBI single to knot the game at two.

Wray’s continued its hot hitting as they added three more runs in the second.

Noah Wray got the rally started with a blooping single to left field.

Dylan Wray walked, putting runners on first and second.

Hower blasted a double into right, scoring both Noah and Dylan Wray on the hit.

Standing at third after a stolen base, Hower finished the scoring when he slid home on a wild pitch, giving his team the lead at 5-2.

Despite the 3-run deficit, Wilson’s were not deterred as they rallied back to plate a 6-run effort, putting them ahead 8-5.

Three of those runs came with Hartung and Benny on the base paths, Powell hit a powerful blast to center, clearing the fence to tie the game at five.

After that, Wilson’s kept the rally going adding three more.

Wray’s battled back to cut the game to an 8-7 game, posting two runs in the third.

Scoring in the inning were Shirk and Bumgardner.

Sickels added an insurance run for his team, giving Wilson’s a 9-7 advantage up until the top of the sixth.

In the final stanza, Wray’s Bumgardner scored their eighth run as he reached base on a Wilson’s miscue and later scored.

Benny and company finished off the contest as he sent the next two batters down without a hit, giving his team the hard fought “W”.

Wilson’s move to the third round and a step closer to the title tilt while Wray’s season ended but not without a playoff win.

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