SELINSGROVE - The Juniata County American Legion baseball team made a spirited comeback Wednesday evening in Selinsgrove, rallying from a 5-3 deficit in the final inning to knot the game at 5-5.
After Selinsgrove failed to win the game in the bottom half of the seventh and final inning, the game was suspended due to darkness and the locals will try to fully complete the comeback when the game resumes later in the season when Selinsgrove visits Juniata.
The outcome looked bleak for Juniata for the majority of the evening. Selinsgrove struck right away, plating two runs in the first off of Juniata starting pitcher Dylan Loudenslager. The visitors were able to get on the scoreboard when Adrian Martin's single scored leadoff hitter Chantz Swartz, but Selinsgrove added two more off of Loudenslager thanks to a Zac Broome RBI-triple.
Sentinel photo by CRAIG?UREY
Juniata County’s Chas Maguire gets a hit against Selinsgrove on Wednesday at Selinsgrove High School.
With Juniata's offense unable to get going until later in the game, it was up to reliever Korey Martin, who took over for Loudenslager in the fourth inning, to keep his team in the game. And he did just that, limiting Selinsgrove to one run, which was unearned, in his 3 1/3 innings.
"He did a good job there, coming in and relieving Dylan," Juniata manager Mark Mingle said. "He basically shut them down for three innings there so that we could have a chance to come back."
Juniata cut the lead to 5-3 in the sixth despite not recording a base hit. Instead, it used its patience at the plate to draw five walks from Selinsgrove started Tyler Showers and reliever Colby Crissinger. With one out and the bases loaded, Crissinger fielded a softly hit grounder and fired to second to get the out, but second baseman Broome's throw to first skipped by the first baseman, allowing two runs to score.
The visitors used the same tactic to even the game up in the top of the seventh. After a leadoff strikeout, Kyle Hart drew a walk and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. He would score on Chas Maguire's RBI-single. Dalton Nealman reached on an error that sent Maguire to third. Martin then drew a walk, with ball four skipping past Selinsgrove catcher Zach Hendricks and allowing Maguire to score and tie the game. Derek Snyder struck out to end the threat. Martin then pitched a perfect bottom half of the seventh before the game was called.
"I'm proud of my guys," Mingle said. "They really dug their heels in and fought. We were patient when we needed to be patient, with their pitchers getting a little bit wild there, and we were aggressive when we needed to be. We're starting to buckle down."
Mifflin County 13, Clearfield 1
CLEARFIELD - Mifflin County pounded out 13 runs and Ross Torquato did the rest on the mound, tossing a compete game and allowing just one run as Mifflin County picked up a 13-1 win over Clearfield in a American Legion Baseball game.
Max Remy led the way offensively with a double and a triple and Heath Hidlay and Carter Spade each knocked in two runs.
"It was an all-around well played game," Mifflin County coach Bernie Howard said. "Ross Torquato was control from the beginning."
Not only did the Mifflin County offensive and starting pitcher perform well, but so did the defense.
"The game ended on a 6-3 double play," Howard said. "We played errorless ball again. We got contributions up and down the line-up. It was a satisfying win."
Mifflin County is now (4-0, 3-0 Central Penn League) and will play a doubleheader at Shaner Field against State College.