CHAMBERSBURG - In general, the team that accumulates the most hits and commits the fewest errors will win a baseball game, right?
This was not the case for Mifflin County Monday as the squad traveled to Chambersburg and fell, 4-3.
It was too little, too late for the Huskies as the squad plated two seventh-inning runs to bring the score to within one - but a missed squeeze play led to an out at home, killing the momentum and deflating hopes for the comeback.
"The defense did a great job at adjusting and threw a pitch out," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. He added that his team, despite collecting 10 hits, was never able to string any of them together until late in the game.
"We really didn't start putting things together until the seventh inning," he said. "We hit the ball hard, put it in play and swiped a couple of bases off of their mistakes."
For Zook and his pitching staff, the anemic run production has become tiring as, he explained, the team has plated just eight runs in four games. The pitching staff, including Heath Hidlay, who threw four and two thirds Monday, has kept its ERA under three-and-a-half - doing everything it can to help the Huskies win.
"Hidlay threw a great game today," Zook said. "Only having three runs is unacceptable - we should be scoring more runs on 10 hits."
The Huskies played error-free ball as well, and according to Zook, a great game overall.
Mifflin County (1-3) faces another Mid-Penn Commonwealth challenge Wednesday on the road at Central Dauphin.
Mount Union 13, Moshannon Valley 2 (6 inning)
HOUTZDALE - Starting pitcher Darrian Stapleton tossed another excellent game and an eight-run sixth inning propelled Mount Union to its fourth win Monday over Moshannon Valley, 13-2 in six innings.
Stapleton went the distance for the Trojans - surrendering seven hits, striking out two Knights and, most importantly, walking zero.
"Darrian has been strong, " Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "He's had excellent control and he's been ahead of most of his hitters - he had another strong game."
With the game still in doubt at 2-2 in the top of the fourth, Brady Goodling unleashed a two-out, bases-loaded double that gave the Trojans the lead for good.
"I thought we hit well," Imperioli said. "Late in the game we had quite a few clutch hits."
Cole Boozel homered and collected three RBIs while Goodling also accounted for three runs in the victory.
Mount Union (4-1) hosts Bellwood-Antis today.
Halifax 16, East Juniata 6
COCOLAMUS - Riding a three game winning streak, the East Juniata Tigers took the diamond Monday against Halifax - a formidable Tri-Valley League opponent - with hopes of extending the streak to four straight.
The Wildcats had other plans, though, and the visitors used 17 hits to 10-run the Tigers, 16-6 in five innings.
Halifax jumped all over starting pitcher Ryan Stuck to build a four-run lead in the first that proved insurmountable for the Tigers.
"They (Halifax) came out and jumped right on him with three straight hits and drew a walk," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. "From there it seemd like they were hitting the ball very well and we just did not make good pitches."
After leaving two guys stranded in the home half of the opening stanza, the Tigers took the field in the second only to surrender five more Wildcat runs. Halifax picked up where it left off in the first and collected hit after hit and induced an East Juniata error that made the Tigers look to their bullpen. Jeremy Pannebaker stepped in for the home squad and induced an inning-ending double play.
Down 9-0, Bailey Coder led off the second inning with a solo shot that started a five-run rally for the Tigers - but the team would score just one more the rest of the way while the persistent Wildcats would plate seven more to put the game away.
East Juniata (3-1) travels to Greenwood Wednesday.
Line Mountain 15, Juniata 12
MIFFLINTOWN - Through the first three games of the season, Juniata struggled to hit. The Indians hit plenty on Monday - but had more than their share of errors, which led to a 15-12 loss to Line Mountain in Tri-Valley League baseball.
On the good side, the Indians pounded out 15 hits, including home runs by Dakota Sweitzer - who had four hits, including a double, and drove in four runs - and Ty Treaster.
But the Eagles' nine errors were matched and then exceeded by nine for the home team, and that was the difference.
"We would climb right back into it, every time being down by one run, and would shoot ourselves in the foot," Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
"Offensively we swung the bats really well tonight. That's the one positive we can take away," he said. But? "We threw the fundamentals right out the door and became real lackadaisical, fielding-wise."
Juniata (1-3, 1-2) travels to Newport Wednesday.
Lancaster Country Day 14, Greenwood 4
LANCASTER - Greenwood scored first and was up 4-0 in the middle of the third, but Lancaster Country Day put nine runners across the plate in the bottom as the Wildcats (0-6) continue to look for their first win under Mark Sherman after the Tri-Valley league baseball loss.
Line Mountain 8, Juniata 7
HERNDON - Juniata plated five runs in the fifth to take a three-run lead over Line Mountain Monday but the Indians surrendered five in the seventh and Line Mountain erased a four-run deficit to take the game, 8-7.
Kristen Pray, Micheh Horning and Tiffiany Shoop all had multiple-hit games for the Indians. Pray and Horning knocked in two runs apiece as well. Brinley Irvin smacked a double in the loss and tossed four strikeouts from the circle.
Juniata (2-4) hosts Newport Wednesday.
Halifax 5, East Juniata 4
HALIFAX - East Juniata took an early 2-0 lead and scored again in the sixth to tie the game, but a walk-off run in the seventh helped Millersburg to a Tri-Valley League softball win over the struggling Tigers, who fall to 0-4.
Milton 7, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG - After five innings, Milton sat on a slim 2-0 lead. But that seems to be the breaking point for Midd-West - the Mustangs gave up five more runs in the final two frames in the 7-0 Heartland Conference softball loss Monday.
"I don't know if it's the mental part of it, focus. Maybe we need to drill harder physically," said Midd-West coach Pete Voss, noting his team seems to break down after four or five innings.
It was nothing big; Milton had a solo homer in the first and a couple doubles.
"We played some tough teams," Voss said. "I was pleased with the effort."
Midd-West (0-5, 0-4) travels to Danville today.
Hollidaysburg 5, Mifflin County 4
HOLLIDAYSBURG - Hollidaysburg found a way to beat the Huskies at tennis - just keep playing until you win.
The Golden Tigers scheduled a nine-match visit for Mifflin County Monday - five singles and four doubles - enough stretch for Hollidaysburg to take a 5-4 non-league victory against a team accustomed to the more traditional 3-2 format used in the Mid-Penn.
Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said the difference may have been the wear and tear on No. 4 and No. 5 players Nate Koller and Cody Donaldson, who won long singles matches they normally would not have played before hitting the court for the doubles session.
Matt DeBenedetto also picked up a singles win. Clay Morgan and Will Fox had the lone doubles win for Mifflin County.
The Huskies (5-4) host State College today.