LEWISBERRY - Seth Wagner surrendered only one hit in Mifflin County's baseball opener.
Unfortunately for his record, it was a big one - Red Land's Kyle Searfoss belted a three-run homer early in the game, and that stood up for the Patriots after seven. The defending Commonwealth Division champions had a 3-0 shutout as the Huskies entered Mid-Penn Conference play.
Wagner wrapped a pair of hit batters around the first out in the opening frame, setting up Searfoss, the cleanup batter, for the only hit his team recorded.
Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said Wagner was dominant; he just had a rough start.
"He had a little bit of nerves there," Zook said. "He settled in as soon as that home run was hit and struck out the next two guys," going on to retire 12 straight.
"We out hit them. Seth was very dominant out there," he said. "We were definitely in control of their offense - we just had trouble getting bats on the ball."
The Huskies totaled four hits in the game; Isaac Strohecker had two of those, including a double.
Mifflin County (0-1, 0-1) hosts Cumberland Valley Tuesday.
Line Mountain 12, Greenwood 1
MILLERSTOWN - The Greenwood pitchers went pace-for-pace with Line Mountain's pitching staff in its season opener Wednesday, but inexperience in the field was too much for Greenwood to overcome and the Wildcats dropped the Tri-Valley League contest, 12-1.
"He threw well pitching, the defense we just didn't make the routine plays," Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said of starting pitcher Brady Stover, who combined with Adam Harrison's one strikeout to match Line Mountain's nine total Ks.
Greenwood scored its sole run on a passed ball, but left runners stranded on other occasions as the Line Mountain pitching staff gave up seven walks to put the Wildcats on base numerous times.
Sherman said his inexperienced team missed many opportunities on routine plays to staunch Line Mountain's offensive flow, and that as the season progresses the team just needs to gain more experience.
This chance to get experience will come in abundance next week, as the Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) are scheduled to play three regular season games throughout the week in addition to competing in the Perry County tournament Saturday. The first game of the week is Monday at Millersburg.
Juniata 11, Upper Dauphin 5
ELIZABETHVILLE - Juniata softball started the season the right way, accomplishing what coach Brian Sheaffer says the softball team has been able to do only three times in school history - defeat Upper Dauphin.
In the 11-5 contest, the Trojans went up early by posting two runs in the bottom of the first, but Juniata combined for 11 in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to hand Upper Dauphin the loss.
As Sheaffer put it, "Upper Dauphin scored first, but we scored a bunch after that and just kept adding to it."
Juniata's greatest offensive effort came from pitcher Brinley Irvin, who not only struck out seven, but went 3-4 from the plate to put together three hits and an RBI.
Irvin was joined by teammate Megan Shoop, who hit a triple and collected one RBI and Hali Weiand, who had a double and RBI.
Upper Dauphin is traditionally a powerhouse in the Tri-Valley League, and after a hiatus in the Mountain League, Sheaffer was glad to see his team take the win over the Trojans in its first game back in the TVL.
"That was good coming down and beating them on their home field," he said.
Juniata (1-0, 1-0) gets back in action Wednesday at Greenwood.
Millersburg 12, East Juniata 0 (5 inn.)
MILLERSBURG - Ashlyn Erhard surrendered nine runs in three innings and the home team added three more in the fourth for the mercy-rule win. Millersburg outhit the Tigers (0-1, 0-1) by a 12-1 margin.
Mount Union 10, Williamsburg 2
MOUNT UNION - The Mount Union softball team might not have defeated Williamsburg by the 15-0 margin it had on Moshannon Valley in its season opener, but four home runs and seven RBIs later on Wednesday, the Trojans got pretty close in their 10-2 win over the Blue Pirates.
In two different innings the Trojans got in trouble when line drives directly to Williamsburg's first baseman resulted in double plays, but they recovered well as Kristen Miles, Ashlyn Drake, Liza Feagley and Brittany Brumbaugh all homered and pitchers Chapin Guiliante and Feagley combined for five strikeouts to hand Mount Union the decisive victory.
"She went 3-3, kind of setting the table for everyone else," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said of Kristen Miles, who was also responsible for collecting two of the Trojans' seven RBIs.
Fiscus also said he thought Drake's home run was the first in the senior's high school career.
Mount Union (2-0, 2-0 Inter-County Conference) hosts Claysburg-Kimmel today at 4 p.m.
Lower Dauphin 3, Mifflin County 2
LEWISTOWN - The Huskies fought through rain and snow when they hosted Mid-Penn opponent Lower Dauphin Wednesday, and despite their effort, the Huskies weren't able to pull out the win, dropping to the Falcons, 3-2.
Of the Huskies' two wins, doubles team Ben Hugendubler and Ben Renninger had the most decisive victory, taking Tim Fulton and Reed Morris in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Teammate Matt DeBenedetto also came through for Mifflin County, topping Beck Wiles, 6-4, 6-2.
Mifflin County's Connor Saltzer was able to take the first set in his No. 1 match against Nathan Carl, but faltered in the next two sets for the loss.
Mifflin County (3-3) hosts Susquehanna Township Tuesday.