NEW BERLIN — After getting three wins in the last six days, Mifflinburg’s Junior Division All-Stars carried all the momentum into Friday’s decisive game 2 of the District 13 championship.
But when Selinsgrove opened the game with three runs in the first inning, the Snyder County all-star team took “Old Mo” right back.
Selinsgrove ended up scoring 10 runs through the first three innings to cruise to an 11-1, six-inning victory over Mifflinburg to claim the District 13 championship at New Berlin Recreation Park.
“We got beat, period. You can say what a difference two days makes, but you can’t,” said Mifflinburg manager Glenn Miller, whose team took a 10-3 win over Selinsgrove on Wednesday. “It was our sixth game of the tournament. I told the guys it stinks losing, but it’s nothing to be disappointed about. It was a great tournament.
“The players even said the worst part about it is that they wouldn’t be playing any more games together,” added Mifflinburg’s manager. “Props to Selinsgrove. They came out and they won the baseball game. That’s it.”
And just like what Mifflinburg did to start Wednesday’s game, Selinsgrove opened Friday’s contest with some big hits, and a lot of runs.
Steven Miller provided a big hit with a three-run home run in the first, and then in the second inning Josh Domaracki hit an infield RBI single to build Selinsgrove’s lead to 4-0.
In the third, Selinsgrove put six more runs on the board behind a two-run single by Domaracki, plus RBI singles from Sylvan Martin and Tucker Teats.
“Oh, they hit everything. I mean, they have solid hitters up and down the lineup,” said Miller. “We won Wednesday, and I made the comment we made all the routine defensive plays and made a couple of great plays or there could’ve been some big innings the other way in that game.
“Friday, we couldn’t get out of (the third inning). We couldn’t buy an out to get out of an inning, and Selinsgrove continued to hit the ball hard,” Miller added.
Mifflinburg cut its deficit to 10-1 in the bottom of the third on Zeb Hufnagle’s RBI double to left-center field that brought in Ethan Shoemaker, but that would be the closest Mifflinburg would get.
Domaracki, Selinsgrove’s starting pitcher, and reliever Jake Anders limited Mifflinburg to four hits on the night — only two from the fourth inning on — and they combined for nine strikeouts.
Anders bailed out Selinsgrove in the sixth, as well as end the game early, by striking out the side after Mifflinburg put its first two runners on base when Aaron Bolick reached on an error and Nate Chambers singled.
Domaracki, also his team’s leadoff batter, led Selinsgrove’s offense with a 5-for-5 day that included four RBI and two runs scored. He added an RBI single in the sixth to push Selinsgrove’s lead to 11-1.
“Offensively, it was kind of more like the first time we played Selinsgrove (a 3-1 loss),” said Miller. “And give credit to Domaracki and Anders. They are both solid pitchers, but when we had an opportunity to come up with a big hit we just didn’t get it.
“Congrats to Selinsgrove. They pitched well, they hit well and they won the game,” added Mifflinburg’s manager. “Selinsgrove came ready to hit, and they hit them hard tonight. We wish them luck (in sectionals).”
District 13 Little League
at New Berlin
Recreation Park, Selinsgrove
Selinsgrove 11, Mifflinburg 1 (6 innings)
Selinsgrove 316 001 — 11-12-1
Mifflinburg 001 000 — 1-4-3
Josh Domaracki, Jake Anders (3) and Mark Pastore, Max Maurer (4). Luke Rokavec, Lane Hook (3), Ethan Shoemaker (3) and Shoemaker, Jarrett Miller (3).
WP: Domaracki. LP: Rokavec.
Selinsgrove hitters: Domaracki, 5-for-5, 4 RBI, 2 runs scored; Tucker Teats, 2-for-2, walk, HBP, RBI, run; Steven Miller, HR (1st, 2 on), 3 RBI; Maurer, double, walk, run; Anders, RBI; Sylvan Martin, 2-for-4, doubble, RBI, 2 runs; Andrew Gephart, 2 walks, 2 runs; Ben Melhorn, single; Caleb Hicks, walk, RBI, run.
Mifflinburg hitters: Miller, walk; Shoemaker, single, HBP, run scored; Zeb Hufnagle, double, RBI; Lucas Smith, walk; Aaron Bolick, single; Nate Chambers, single; Hook, 2 walks.