By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG -- Andrew Leitzel and Mike Fisher exchanged nods and good games in the parking lot of the Mifflinburg Intermediate School as dusk fell on Wednesday night.
It was a bond of mutual respect and some pretty impressive pitching.
Leitzel, a righty from Mifflinburg, threw 11 innings, while Fisher, a righty from Lewisburg, threw 10 1/3 innings in a West Branch League American Legion game, but nothing was decided as the game was called because of darkness with score tied at 2-2 after 12 innings.
"I'm a little tired," Leitzel said. "The last inning I was little tired, my arm feels good, but I knew I probably couldn't go any farther."
"I'm very tired. My head's even hurting," Fisher said. "It was a long game."
The game will be picked up in the top of the 13th inning when the two teams meet in Lewisburg on June 24th.
Leitzel went 11 innings, allowing only two earned runs (both in the first inning). He struck out 15 and didn't walk a batter. Leitzel had a stretch from a one-out double in the fourth inning by Joey Gardner until the end of the ninth, where he retired 16 of 17 hitters in a row on just 61 pitches. The lone hitter to reach — a Fisher single in the ninth — was erased on a one-pitch 4-6-3 double play. He threw 130 total pitches in the game.
"My command was real good and I was able to get the outside corner consistently," Leitzel said.
Fisher left in the 11th inning after a walk. He struck out 11, walked two and hit a batter. After Mifflinburg loaded the bases in the first with one out, Fisher escaped with two strikeouts to end the threat. Mifflinburg didn't threaten again until the bottom of the sixth.