CLARENCE - Bald Eagle pitcher Madison Peterson looked unhittable for five of her six innings of work, striking out 18 Mifflin County batters Wednesday in the District 5 finale at Clarence.
Peterson took a no-hitter into the final stanza but a late gutsy effort by the team from Mifflin County broke it up sporting two hits in the inning while plating two runs as well.
In the end, the offensive patience of the Eagles proved to be the deciding factor, plating six of their eight runs by scoring on Mifflin County miscues from the mound, resulting in an 8-3 victory.
However, the Mifflin County pitching combo of Kaitlyn Pennebaker and Taylor Ciccolini were also hitting their marks, combining on a two-hitter as well and collecting 13 strikeouts. Ciccolini finished with eight while Pennebaker sent down five.
Despite the loss, Mifflin County manager Jen Ruble was happy with the effort her team gave throughout the tournament, especially in the sixth inning of their game against Bald Eagle.
"I am very proud of them. They all played well," Ruble said. "We just had a hard time putting the bat to the ball tonight. I can't say anything bad this was a great season and the girls played hard the whole time. They earned every minute. I think with the girls that we had they made a team very quickly. They combined very quickly and they worked their butts off to make it here."
The Eagles led off the game by plating the first four runs of the contest. All came on wild pitches.
In the second, Bald Eagle got runs from Mary Soster and Lexi Skrepik.
Mifflin County got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the third. Much like Bald Eagle, Mifflin County scored via the wild pitch after a walk. Leading off the third, Rylee Boyer forced Peterson to issue her first walk of the game. Boyer then stole second and then third.
After a wild pitch, Boyer used her speed to make it home safely, cutting it to 4-1.
Bald Eagle picked up its first hit and RBI of the game in the fourth inning. With two out, BEA got some lightning going when Skrepik walked then set the stage for Peterson.
Peterson did not disappoint, smoking a single into center field, scoring Skrepik, who was running on the play.
In the top of the fifth, Bald Eagle added yet another run, upping the score to 5-1.
Things didn't get much better in the sixth when the Eagles added three more runs in their final at bats to give them a comfortable 8-1 advantage while Peterson was just three outs away from a no-no.
Mifflin County refused to be shutdown or no-hit.
Souders got the inning going into the right direction picking off a lead off walk. Ciccolini laid down a slow roller and hustled it out, ending the no-hitter in the process.
Both Souders and Ciccolini reached home on wild pitches, making it 8-3.
The home team got a single by Julie Diven but that was all that Mifflin County could muster.