WRIGHTSTOWN - The Mifflin County Babe Ruth 14-year-old pitching staff got the record that it wanted on Wednesday afternoon against Spring-Ford, and even more important it got its first victory in pool play in the Pennsylvania state tournament with an 8-1 win.
Spring-Ford picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out to snap Mifflin County's scoreless streak at 25 1/3 innings, but not before the locals could beat the old record of 24 innings in a row, held by the 2003 14-year-olds and the 2006 15-year-olds.
Austin Erb pitched the first five innings. He didn't allow a run. Erb struck out three, walked three, hit a batter and gave up one hit. Jordan Marshall finished and he allowed one run and one hit. But, that was the only run Spring-Ford would score as Jacob Stong hit a ball to left field and Tyler Bedelyon turned it into a double play as he hit Logan Peachey, the Mifflin County third baseman, who relayed to catcher Isaac Maclay, who applied a tag to Pat Jucker.
"Austin once again threw a great game," Mifflin County manager Kevin Reigle said. "The players really wanted the record especially what it means on defense. The league has been around for what almost 60 years. It means something."
Mifflin County picked up a run in the first inning as Cade Attick reached on an error and then got around the base paths thanks to three more miscues by Spring-Ford.
In the second, Spring-Ford kept making more mistakes and Mifflin County took advantage of them to score another run. Ross Underhill reached first when a third strike went for a passed ball. He stole second, went to third on another passed ball and scored on a Ty Bodtorf base hit.
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In the third, Mifflin County scored three times to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Underhill knocked in a run with a base hit and he later scored on a balk. Attick brought in a run when he walked with the bases loaded.
It didn't take long for Mifflin County to score again as it picked up another run in the fourth. Marshall walked, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a base hit by Erb and scored when Bedelyon reached on an error.
Mifflin County finished off its scoring in the sixth. With one out, Logan Peachey doubled and Marshall followed with a base hit. After a strikeout, Bedelyon smashed a double for two runs.
"It took us a while to get started offensively," Reigle said. "We finally got the hits when we needed them."
Mifflin County plays today at noon against Drexel Hill, the District 1 champion.
Notes: The scoreless string by inning went as follows: Attick 5, Erb 1, Bodtorf 7, Attick 2, Erb 5, Erb 5, Marshall 1/3. ... Mifflin County had 10 hits with Marshall and Erb getting two apiece. ... The only extra-base hits came from Bedelyon and Hidlay and Peachey, all doubles. ... Mifflin County's record in the opening games of the 14-year-old tournaments is now 10-3. ... Mifflin County now has a 9-3 all-time record against Spring-Ford and now has won nine in a row. Mifflin County lost its first three games to Spring-Ford, all at the 13-year-old level in 1969 and 1971. Spring-Ford won the 13-year-old state titles in those years. They are the only two state titles won by Spring-Ford. ... Spring-Ford is a combination of Spring City and Royersford.