REEDSVILLE - After defeating Bald Eagle in its first matchup of the All-Star tournament, the Mifflin County 11 and 12-year-old Little League softball team just needed to win its contest and advance to the chapter sectionals.
However, the Eagles played the role of the spoilers, as their patience at the plate mixed with some untimely Mifflin County miscues led to a game three, winner-take-all contest with the 15-5 run shortened contest Sunday night at Reedsville.
After waiting numerous days and numerous cancellations due to mother nature, the game started close before Bald Eagle pulled away in the later innings.
Sentinel photo by TIM SHUMAKER
Mifflin County catcher Allyssa Schnell prepares to make the tag out at home against Bald Eagle in the District 5 11 and 12-year-old Little League softball tournament Sunday in Reedsville.
"We have to put this game out of our minds and focus on how we can play," Mifflin County manager Jerry Schnell said. "We gave up too many extra outs and that always works in the other team's favor. Always. I think we came into this game maybe taking the other team too lightly since we beat them before, although it was a close game. I don't think we were ready to play."
Bald Eagle wasted little time getting the scoring started, posting two runs in the first before Mifflin County had a chance at the plate.
Leading the scoring in the inning were Cirstynn Comly and Brooke Woodward, who both scored when a grounder was misplayed.
It didn't take Mifflin County long to retaliate as it rallied to take the lead in bottom of the inning.
Cassidy Wilson led off the inning, slapping a single to left field. Teammate Jess Bickhart put runners on first and second as she placed a perfect bunt that Bald Eagle was not able to handle.
Allyssa Schnell then grounded into a fielder's choice and moved to second on an error by Bald Eagle that allowed Wilson to score. From there, Olivia Ahern put the home team in front with a two-RBI single, making it 3-2 as the first inning came to a close.
But the Eagles went right back to work in the second, plating another two runs to take back the lead 4-3.
After being held scoreless in its bottom of the second, things slowly started to fall apart for Mifflin County as the Eagles went on to score the next eight runs to up its lead to 12-3 going into the bottom of the fourth.
But there was no quit in the Mifflin County lineup as it made an attempt to cut into the Bald Eagle lead, led by some of its non-starters for the game.
Starter Riley Mitchell led off the bottom of the fourth , hustling out an infield single. From there, Allie Goss kept things going on a positive note when she singled to center field, putting runners on first and second with no one out.
However, Mitchell was tagged out trying to steal on a strikeout, putting two quick outs on the board.
But Mifflin County kept plugging away, as Skylar Ciccolini kept things alive with a walk. With runners in scoring position, Heather Striker blasted a shot into deep center field resulting in a stand up triple and cutting the Bald Eagle lead to 12-5.
Unfortunately for the home team that was as close as they would get, as Bald Eagle added three runs in the fifth to force a winner-take-all game three for the title.