By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG -- It essentially boiled down to one thing: failing to get their bats going. Shamokin coach Rick Kashner has seen it happen all too often this year, and once again it hurt the Indians.
After taking a two-run lead in the top of the first inning, they struggled offensively against Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I foe Mifflinburg on Monday. Shamokin gave up four runs in the bottom of the first and couldn't bridge the gap, losing 8-3.
"We're just not putting the bat on the ball and I'm at a loss right now trying to figure out why because I think we have a good hitting team," Kashner said. "But we're just not making good contact right now. I think a lot of it has to do with pitch selections -- swinging at bad pitches -- and that's what's happening."
The loss prevented Shamokin (9-6, 7-5 HAC-I) from clinching a District 4 playoff berth.
Shamokin scored twice in the first inning thanks to an Liv Bonshock double deep to the right field fence that brought home Jenny Hornberger and Brie Bonshock.
Mifflinburg (13-3, 8-2) wasted no time at all and nearly batted through the lineup in the bottom of the first inning to claim the lead.
With runners at the corners, Kayla Kline (3-for-3, double) scored on the back end of a double-steal, and then Mackenzie Kyler had an RBI-single to shallow left scoring McKenzie Noll. Morgan Kyler came through three batters later with a huge single to left field that made it 4-2.
"I told them at beginning of the game, 'You can't take this team lightly. This team can hit the ball,' and you saw they hit some shots. It was a big comeback there (in first)," Mifflinburg coach Steve Ross said. "Overall, they played a very good game."