By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
NEW BERLIN -- For Shik-Acorn, scoring late was better than not scoring at all.
Not that the third inning is late in the game, but with the way the Shik-Acorn offense erupted from the third frame on, it felt much later.
After the second inning, some switch in the minds of the Shikellamy hitters turned on, as at least two runs crossed the plate in the last five innings in a 15-4 Shik-Acorn rout over Mifflinburg in the District 13 Junior Little League tournament.
The Braves seemed to improve as the game wore on, scoring seven runs over the last two innings to put the game out of reach.
"Nate Dealy, Trey Cunningham, they all hit the ball well," Shik-Acorn manager T.G. Fasold said. "Very good defense, good offense. Nice team."
Despite the final score, the game could have been closer but Mifflinburg was able to take advantage of scoring opportunities on a few plays. Mifflinburg manager Michael Haines acknowledged the youth of his team and said that he saw improvement from his players.
"(My players) played a lot better than they did last year," Haines said.
In the first two innings, it appeared as if Shik-Acorn had trouble staying in the game defensively as Mifflinburg got to Logan Kern on the mound, forcing him to labor in the second inning.
However, Kern limited the damage in the frame by allowing two runs despite watching the opposition nearly bat around. From that point forward, Shik-Acorn started to turn the tide quickly.
With the top of their lineup walking to the batter's box for the second time, Shik-Acorn was ready to hit in bunches. A lead-off single by Trey Cunningham was followed by Brendon Herrold reaching safely on an error.