LEWISTOWN - Philipsburg-Osceola starter Tanner Lamb started off very erraticly, laboring through a 34-pitch first inning, and Mifflin County took full advantage of it.
The Huskies got a first-inning two-run double from Isaac Strohecker and benefited from three walks issued by Lamb to score three in the bottom of the first en route to a 10-0, five-inning win over Philipsburg-Osceola in a non-league baseball game on Monday at Mifflin County High School.
The win ensures Mifflin County at least a .500 record and a District 6 playoff berth.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Lucas McKay delivers the first pitch of the game against Phillipsburg-Oceola Monday evening in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"That's great," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said of qualifying for districts. "I'm excited, the kids played well today. The kids came out and hit well and were disciplined at the plate, we took some extra bases when they gave us the opportunity to. I'm very pleased that we're in the playoffs and we have the opportunity to extend our season."
Lucas McKay went three scoreless innings, giving up one Philipsburg-Osceola single and striking out four Mounties to help the Huskies' cause.
Mifflin County came right back in the bottom half of the second, getting - more runs.
Kyle Bodtorf started off the inning with a single and Isaiah Kearns walked. Heath Hidlay followed with an RBI-single and Max Remy added a two-run single to double the Huskies lead with one out.
Drew Hannon knocked in Remy and a four-pitch walk to McKay chased Lamb.
Gage Reesman grounded into a fielder's choice to end the second, but the Huskies batted around for the second straight inning and Mifflin County held a 7-0 lead after two.
McKay walked the first two batters he faced to start the top of the third, but Hannon quickly erased one of them.
The Huskies' first baseman made a diving catch moving toward the bag and tagged first for an unassisted double play.
McKay hit the next batter, but a nice play by Kearns at third ended the inning.
Zook emptied his bench with the seven-run lead and the reserves, with a little help from the Philipsburg left-fielder, delivered three more runs.
Zach Hostetler singled and Jordan Wolfkill drew a one-out walk to the third-inning outburst.
Hunter Wright lined a pinch-hit single to left and the ball got by the left-fielder to score Hostetler and Wolfkill and make it 9-0.
Jacob Larson launched a sacrifice fly to left to score Wright and bring the mercy rule into play.
"We could field two varsity teams with the kids that we have," Zook said. "We have good ball players. I didn't expect anything else (from the reserves). I was happy with the way they played out there and held them."
Ross Torquato pitched two more scoreless innings for the Huskies to retain the 10-run lead.
"McKay and Ross (Torquato) did a good job out there on the hill today," Zook said. "(It was) a pretty good ball game all-around (today)."
Mifflin County (10-8) hosts Chambersburg today at 4 p.m.
"It would be nice to get on a bit of a roll here," Zook said. "We really haven't had a chance to practice. It would be nice situationally to put ourselves in some places where we can practice some things that we haven't. We just need to get into the right mindset here and enjoying the nice weather as it come. I hope that we can put ourselves in a spot where we can play some good ball and stay mentally focused as we get ready for playoffs."