Region 7 Unbeatens Square Off in Bedford
Mifflin County and West Hempfield will meet at 5pm today in Bedford with a regional title game berth on the line. Mifflin County, from the Central Penn League, reached the Winners' Bracket Final with a 13-12 win over District 31 rep Bushy Run. Despite giving up eighteen hits to Bushy Run, Mifflin County countered with fifteen of their own and had eight men reach on walks, in addition to three hit batters. On Saturday, Mifflin County hammered host Bedford 11-1, in a game stopped after seven innings by the mercy rule.
West Hempfield, also representing District 31, won the tournament opener over Beech Creek by a 5-0 count. On Sunday, West Hempfield jumped on Jefferson County champ DuBois early, leading 9-1 after three innings, and 11-1 after four. Starter Zach Zimmerman went 8 2/3 innings for West Hempfield, allowing eight runs, but only four earned. Despite late threats by DuBois, West Hempfield held on for a 13-8 win to advance them to Monday afternoon's game with Mifflin County.
The loser of the game will face elimination Tuesday, but the winner will advance to Wednesday's Championship round, no matter Tuesday's results. Check back for updates through the day!