Mifflin County 13, Chambersburg 9: In the two games these teams played this year, a total of 47 runs were scored, and the Huskies prevailed in both Mid Penn Commonwealth games, including Thursday’s at Greene Township Park.
Mifflin County had an answer every time Chambersburg counter punched. Between the two, there were four half-innings in which the team batted around.
“It was ironic because the first time we played (13-12 Husky win), they got off to a good start in the second inning, so we had a bad start in both of them,” Trojan coach Scott Folmar said. “We came back from five runs down and had energy, but they scored five more in the third. Every time we did something good, they came back and scored.”
Mifflin County (6-6) scored five runs in the top of the first, with two runs scoring on a wild pitch and another on a walk. Only one of the runs was earned.
In the bottom half of the 42-minute inning, Chambersburg (5-12, 1-11 MPC) got a booming triple to center by Aaden Newman, an RBI double by Greg Cunha and two-run singles by Joey Maun and Carter Fogal to tie the game 5-5.
The Huskies put one more on the board in the second, then sent 11 batters to the plate for the second time and scored five runs in the third.
Chambersburg brought it back to 11-8 with three in the fourth. An RBI single by Evan Wagaman off the pitcher’s leg, a bases-loaded walk by Cunha and a sacrifice fly by Gavin Kissel scored the runs.
After Mifflin County made it 13-8 with two in the sixth, a triple by Kissel and run-scoring base hit by Bryce Folmar added the final run.
The Huskies piled up 13 hits and were aided greatly by 10 walks and four Trojan errors. Chambersburg had 11 hits and drew seven walks and had a hit batter.
Scott Folmar said, “We didn’t play clean, with four errors and a few throws that could have been errors. And that’s way too many free passes.”
For the Trojans, every batter had at least one hit. Dru Bowling and Braden Zeger each had two hits, and Zeger pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out three.
Mifflin County 4, Chambersburg 3: The Huskies held the Trojans from scoring in the top of the eighth inning, then produced a run in the bottom half to earn a Mid Penn Commonwealth victory Thursday afternoon in Lewistown.
Chambersburg (16-2, 11-2 MPC) needs to win Friday’s makeup game at home vs. Altoona to officially wrap up the division title. The Trojans have already clinched the Commonwealth’s berth in the MPC playoffs.
“We were due for a game like this, after all the exciting games we have played,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “Long bus ride, just won the conference, beat a rival, playoffs coming up … we got trapped today. No excuses, though, and we will learn from it and get back on track.”
Chambersburg trailed 3-0 until scoring three times in the top of he sixth to tie the game. Erin Pattillo and Hannah Runk led off with base hits and Alyssa Brechbill brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Then Samantha Paetow and Kenzie Boyd followed with RBI singles to tie the game, and a hit by Saleen Null put runners on second and third and one out.
However, the next two batters looked at strike three to end the threat.
Skultety said, “We struck out eight times today, and haven’t struck out that much in any two-game stretch, let alone one. The pitcher wasn’t overpowering, but we watched too many strikes. The bottom of the order went a combined 2-for-18.”
Pattillo and Runk each had two hits. Pattillo took the loss, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings and allowing two hits. Mackenzie Stake allowed three runs and five hits in the first five innings.