MILROY - During the regular Mifflin County Babe Ruth season, Belleville's Kyle Peachey was noted for his long ball hitting, especially triples.
On Saturday night at the Armagh Memorial Field, Peachey did something other than hit the long ball to help the Mifflin County 14-year-old All-Stars defeat Perry County, 11-6.
Peachey used his arm as he pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief to gain the victory.
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Austin Herring delivers a pitch to a Perry County’s batter during a Babe Ruth 14-year old’s baseball game held Saturday in Milroy.
As the fourth Mifflin County pitcher, he came in with the bases loaded, two outs, in the top of the fourth and the score tied, 6-6.
Peachey got Nate Bream to strike out and from that point on, he was in control of the game. He finished with nine strike outs, one walk and gave up no hits. He struck out the side in the fifth and the seventh innings.
"He (Kyle Peachey) did a really great job," Mifflin County manager Mike Hostetler said, "Until that point we were struggling to throw strikes."
The win gives Mifflin County a 1-0 edge in games in the best of three and the second game is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. Both teams will advance to the state tournament starting on July 16 in Milroy.
Mifflin County had to use three pitchers until Peachey arrived in the nick of time. Carson King, Austin Herring and Chris Elliott all went to mound, but couldn't find the strike zone. The trio walked eight, hit one and gave up six hits.
Perry County jumped ahead 1-0 in the first as Vinnie Keys singled home a run. The lead was short lived as Mifflin County came right back with six runs in the first.
Three runs scored on wild piches and two more on a throwing error. Joey Taptich had the only RBI of the inning with a ground out and the only hit came from Peachey. Perry County committed three errors along with a walk and a hit batter.
But, Perry County refused to go away. They kept chipping away at the five run lead. In the second, they scored twice and added another in the third. They finally got the game tied, 6-6, before Peachey stopped the bleeding.
Then in the bottom of the fourth, Mifflin County finally put some hits together and scored four times.
With one out, Nick Hostetler singled and moved to third on a pick-off play that the pitcher over threw. Taptich then knocked Hostetler home with a base hit.
Aaron Wagner kept the inning alive with a single and Derick Cross then knocked home Taptich with a double down the right field line.
Wagner scored when the Perry County catcher over threw second base on a steal play and Cross scored when King layed down a sacrifice bunt that the Perry County defense misplayed.
Mifflin County added an insurance run in the fifth as Hunter Goss squeezed home Davis Wagner.
"Derick (Cross) came off the bench and gave us a big lift with that double," Hostetler said, "In fact, I had another player, Aaron Wagner, come off the bench for two hits. We played small ball to get that run in the sixth for an insurance run."
"Perry County was very competive and I thought their shortstops played very well," Hostetler added.
Mifflin County ended with seven hits as Peachey and Aaron Wagner each had two. Perry Couny finished with six hits and Cody Smith and Keys each had two.
NOTES - Caleb Vega became the first Mifflin County player to be used as an extra-hitter. Vega went 0-2 with two ground outs including one that went for a double play. Goss pinch hit for Vega in the fifth and had the squeeze bunt for an RBI.......Peachey hit a triple in the fifth, but didn't score as he was thrown out at the plate on a wild pitch.......Mifflin County finished with eight hits.....Perry County used three pitchers......Mifflin County had two big defensive plays as Taptich made a diving stop of a line drive off the bat of Trevor Gerst in the first inning and in the third with the bases loaded and no outs Davis Wagner, the Mifflin County catcher, picked a runner off of third base......Peachey finished with 12 triples in the regular season.