LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County manager, Travis Zook, said he wasn't worried.
But, the Husky fans might have been on edge in the bottom of the third inning Friday as Mifflin County, coming off of its first loss of the season, to Penns Valley on Wednesday, trailed Bellefonte by three runs.
In fact, the players held their own huddle outside their dugout and gave themselves a little pep talk. It appeared at that point the Huskies were a little miffed.
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Chris Wilson scores in the fourth inning giving the Huskies a 7-5 lead. Bellefonte catcher Kevin Tate, right, watches for the ball from the outfield.
But, it all changed as Mifflin County sent nine batters to the plate in the third, scoring five runs and taking control of the game. The Huskies went on to win 11-5.
The rally started when Tanner Kibe was hit by a pitch with one out. Ted Wilson reached on an error, one of seven by the Red Raiders, and Josh Rosesfky drew a walk to load the bases.
Dakota Macknair knocked in a run with walk and Trevor Peachey had an RBI on a fielder's choice. Kirby Moist then rapped a two-run triple and he later scored on an infield single from Levi North.
"I wasn't worried about us responding," Zook said. "We had a great pratice after the Penns Valley game. I thought we should have fielded a little better (tonight) than we did. We had too many mistakes behind Kirby (Moist, the starting pitcher). I thought he gave us a good game."
Moist went one batter into the fourth inning. Kibe then came on relief and didn't give Bellefonte another run.
Moist allowed six hits and gave up all five runs. He struck out one and walked three. Bellefonte scored four times in the second thanks to singles from Ryan McClosky and Kevin Tate, who each knocked in two runs.
Kibe, who picked up the victory, struck out five, walked two and gave up three hits in four innings of work.
After the third, Mifflin County pulled away slowly as it scored in every inning until the game was over.
In the fourth, Chris Wilson singled, stole second and scored when Ted Wilson reached on an error.
In the fifth, Chris Wilson picked up a sacrifice fly and Kibe had an RBI single. Bellefonte aided Mifflin County's cause in the sixth as it committed two errors that allowed two more runs to score. The only hit in the inning came from Dalton Long.
Kibe and Macknair each had two hits for the Huskies.
NOTES - Friday was senior day for Mifflin County as North, Kibe, Rosefsky, Macknair, Long, Peachey, Moist, Hunter Walker, Chris Wilson, Ted Wilson and Brady Specht were honored before the game. ... The Huskies' junior varsity remained undefeated with a 10-9 win over Bellefonte. ... North, the Mifflin County leadoff hitter, was on base five straight times with three walks, an infield single and an error. ... Mifflin County is now 10-1 and will travel to Danville on Monday. ... Mifflin County turned two double plays (1-6-3) both the same way in the first and third innings as Moist started them by taking sharp grounders and throwing to Walker at second base. He finished them off by tossing to Ted Wilson at first base. ... Bellefonte outhit Mifflin County, 9-8. Seth Weaver had three hits for the Red Raiders.