MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg Wildcats were enjoying one of their best offensive performances of the season on Friday, but then Mother Nature got in the way.
Hosting Milton in a Heartland Athletic Conference cross-over game, Mifflinburg’s offense produced 15 runs off 12 hits against Black Panthers pitching only to see it come to a screeching halt when rain stopped play midway through the fifth inning with the score 15-8 in favor of the Wildcats.
The game was official
Mifflinburg (7-0) held a 13-2 lead in the bottom of the third following an RBI triple by Denzel Sampsell that plated Gavin Martin.
Milton (1-6), however, responded with a two-run single from Philip Davis in the fourth to close to within 13-4.
The Wildcats increased their lead to 15-4 in the bottom half of the inning on a Garrett Becker RBI single and an error.
An inning later the Black Panthers would also take advantage of a couple of their opponents’ errors as well as get an RBI single by Ethan Rowe to cut their deficit to 15-8 — only to see their comeback efforts get cut short by the inclement weather.
With the way his team was throwing the ball around in the fifth, Mifflinburg coach Tom Church was sort of relieved the game was stopped at that point, but then again not really.
“I don’t know why we threw the ball around there, and I’m not glad we were suspended (before the game was officially called later in the evening),” he said. “We should have gotten out of the inning with no runs (given up), but what are you going to do?”
Early in the game, Milton struck first with an RBI single by Brandon Feltman to open the scoring.
Mifflinburg answered in the bottom of the first with RBI singles from Bryce Koonsman and Garrett Becker, as well as a two-run base hit from Sampsell to go in front 4-1.
Becker later had a two-run double in the second inning and Enders had an RBI single to push the Wildcats’ lead to 7-2, and then in the third Becker was at it again by hitting a two-run single to set the stage for Sampsell’s triple moments later.
Through 4 1/2 innings Becker put together a 4-for-4 outing that included a double and three RBI, plus Sampsell was also 4-for-4 with a triple and 3 RBI.
Church, for one, was unhappy to see his team’s hit parade get cut short — although mainly because the hits didn’t come against Milton’s ace pitcher, Brandon Feltman.
“I’m disappointed because they didn’t have Feltman to throw — he threw Wednesday,” said Church. “We were facing their younger kids (Dillon Stokes and Ethan Rowe), and it was a letdown.”
Offensively for Milton, Davis went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Bryce Gower had two hits and two runs scored.
Both teams will be in action again on Monday: Mifflinburg hosts Central Columbia and Milton travels to Shikellamy. Both games are at 4:30 p.m.
Mifflinburg 15, Milton 8 (5 inn.)
Milton 101 24 — 8-8-3
Mifflinburg 427 2x— 15-12-3
Dillon Stokes, Chase Hoffman (3), Ethan Rowe (4) and Philip Davis. Michael Warren, Darin Miller (4) and Josh Foster.
WP: Miller. LP: Stokes.
Milton hitters: Davis, 3-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored; Stokes, single; Brandon Feltman, single, 2 RBI; Dalton Guisewite, walk, run; Bryce Gower, 2-for-3, 2 runs; Rowe, single, RBI, 2 runs; Kaleb Baker, walk, run; Trent Strous, walk.
Mifflinburg hitters: Gavin Enders, single, walk, RBI, 3 runs scored; Warren, single, walk, RBI, 2 runs; Darin Miller, 2 walks, RBI, 3 runs; Bryce Koonsman, single, RBI, 2 runs; Garrett Becker, 4-for-4, double, 6 RBI, run; Josh Foster, 2 walks; Denzel Sampsell, 4-for-4, triple, 3 RBI, run; Ethan Hoy, single, run; Colin Miller, walk, run; Gavin Martin, run.
In Friday’s other baseball action:
Shikellamy 0 (5 inn.)
SUNBURY — The Green Dragons got a shortened, five-inning perfect game from Owen Arndt to cruise to a Heartland Athletic Conference cross-over victory over the Braves.
Lewisburg (2-4) wasted little time getting on the board first.
Josh Heath hit an RBI double to plate Andrew Ramirez to give the Green Dragons a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
Arndt helped his own cause in the second with an RBI single to bring home Dakotah Snyder, and Arndt later scored on an RBI single to center by Aaron Strosser to make it 3-0.
The Green Dragons then exploded for four runs in the fourth behind a sacrifice fly from Nick Shedleski, plus a two-run double by Peter Marrara and an RBI single by Snyder.
And in the fifth, a two-run double by Jacob Brooks and another two-run double by Marrara put the game way out of reach for Shikellamy (2-5).
Arndt finished with seven strikeouts and no walks. He threw just 55 pitches in his five innings of work.
Shikellamy 0 (5 inn.)
Lewisburg 120 44 — 11-14-1
Shikellamy 000 00 — 0-0-0
Owen Arndt and Peter Marrara. Dakota Snyder, Asher Hoffman (5) and Drew Balestrini.
WP: Arndt. LP: Snyder.
Lewisburg hitters: Andrew Ramirez, 3-for-3, walk, 3 runs scored; Aaron Strosser, single, RBI; Jacob Brooks, double, 2 RBI; Josh Heath, double, 2 walks, RBI, 2 runs; Nick Shedleski, single, RBI, run; Marrara, 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, run; Dakotah Snyder, 3-for-3, double, RBI, run; Arndt, 2-for-3, RBI, run; Colt Kline, 2 walks, 2 runs.