When a team falls into the elimination bracket, it’s all about surviving to see the next game.
Mifflinburg’s Major Division All-Star team is assured of at least one more game this summer after it routed Juniata, 10-0 in five innings, in an Area II contest at Acorn Park on Thursday.
Jacob Brooks hit a two-run double in the first inning and Cody Rokavec hit an RBI-double in the second to give Mifflinburg a 5-0 lead.
And then with pitchers Jacob Brooks and Darin Miller dealing, Mifflinburg later put the game away with an additional five runs in the fifth.
Brooks and Miller combined for nine strikeouts and they allowed just two hits on the day.
“Our pitchers threw really well and we hit pretty decent,” said Mifflinburg manager Rob Enders. “(Our batters) came through when it mattered. Overall, it was a good team effort.”
Mifflinburg advances to play Lewisburg today at 5:30 p.m.
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Lewisburg 11, Warrior Run 1 (4 inn.)
MIFFLINBURG — Lewisburg came ready to play, and it showed, when they tallied four runs in both the second and third innings to cruise to an elimination bracket win at Eighth Street Field.
Kendall Murphy hit a two-run single to highlight the second inning for Lewisburg, which then got a two-run double from Sydney Hoffman in the third.
Hoffman also got the complete-game win for Lewisburg. She struck out seven batters and gave up just two infield singles and one walk.
Lewisburg now faces Milton for the District 13 final today at 5:30 p.m. Lewisburg would need to beat Milton twice in order to take the title, with game two (if nec.) to be held Saturday at 1 p.m.
Hughesville 1, Mifflinburg 0
MIFFLINBURG — Ryan McClain’s squeeze bunt in the second inning plated the only run Hughesville would need to take the West Branch League victory.
Dalton Smith scored the run for Hughesville (6-2). Following his lead-off single, Smith stole second base and advanced to third on Conner Schoeppner’s single.
Smith and Zach Fry each went 2-for-3 to lead Hughesville, which also got a complete-game win from Tyler Mitcheltree, who struck out seven, walked four and scattered three hits.