From staff reports
MOUNT UNION - After an injury which kept him off the mound his entire junior year, Mount Union senior Cole Boozel didn't miss a stride Thursday.
Striking out 17 total West Branch batters in his first start since he was a sophomore, Boozel led the Trojans to a 4-1 Inter-County Conference win over the Warriors.
"Cole pitched exceptionally well. He had a great fastball, an excellent curveball and a really good changeup," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said.
Imperioli said the weather was perfect for Boozel to go the distance, and that's exactly what he did, allowing only two hits in his outstanding return.
On the offensive end, Klayton Heffner went 2-for-2, Cory Kyler had a double and two RBIs, and Boozel also collected an RBI.
Mount Union (6-1, 6-1) travels to Everett today.
Track and field
Boys: Greenwood 92, Millersburg 58
Girls: Millersburg 80, Greenwood 70
MILLERSTOWN - The girls win streak was ended for Greenwood track and field Thursday and the boys kept on rolling as the teams faced off against Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg. The girls fell 80-70 while the boys trounced the Indians, 92-58.
Windy conditions made for a difficult day on the track and in the field, but the Greenwood boys persevered and ran their fastest times of the year in all three relay contests. The boys pulled out a 9:01.9 time in the 4x800, a 47.3 mark in the 4x100 and a 3:43.9 time in the 4x400, crushing the competition.
"It was a good meet for the boys," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "They competed really well on the track and that's where we had to battle - we did a pretty good job."
Scott Kerstetter and Tyler Fegley each won four events for the Wildcats.
Despite falling in many of the track events, the girls team held its own in the field.
"They beat us up on the track and it was the difference," Magill said. "We swept the shot and competed pretty well but they outgunned us big time on the track."
The girls squad ran its best time in the 4x100 but still fell to the Indians. Hattie Kuhns led the Wildcats with two comeback wins in the 100 and 200 meter dash.
"It was nice to see Hattie come off with a couple of wins," Magill said.
The Greenwood boys (4-0) and girls (3-1) will be back in action at the Mustang Invitational Saturday.
Boys: Juniata 107, Upper Dauphin 42
Girls: Juniata 88, Upper Dauphin 62
ELIZABETHVILLE - Juniata manhandled Upper Dauphin in boys track and field Thursday as the Indians picked up their first win of the season, 107-42, while the Juniata girls won their second in a row, 88-62, in a Tri-Valley League meet.
The girls (2-1, 2-1) saw Rachel Brown win all three jumping events, and took two of the three relays on the way to the victory.
The boys (1-2, 1-2) swept the relays in the dominant outcome.
Juniata hosts Greenwood Tuesday.
Mifflin County 5, Cedar Cliff 0
CAMP HILL - Following a rough match at Cumberland Valley Wednesday, the Huskies bounced back against another Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe in Cedar Cliff Thursday and dominated the Colts, 5-0
All three singles participants got back to their winning ways in the victory and defeated their opponents in straight sets. The team's No. 1 Conner Saltzer knocked off Seth Wilson 6-4, 6-2 to notch a point for the Huskies. Matt DeBenedetto beat his opponent 6-2 and did not drop a game in the second set as he cruised to a 6-0 victory. Clay Morgan was also impressive, making Cedar Cliff's Ben Work hustle - Morgan lost just one game on his way to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
In doubles action, Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller got back on track and cruised to a straight-set victory, 6-1 and 6-2. The two Bens - Renninger and Hugendubler - overcame a second-set loss by winning the final set 6-3 to take the victory.
Coach Glenn Kyle said his team responded well following a shutout loss a day earlier.
"I told them at Cumberland Valley that even though that team was very good, we needed to take how they played in that match and carry it over to the other matches and I think we did that today," he said.
Mifflin County (6-6) travels to Chambersburg Monday.
Central Mountain 3, Juniata 2
MILL HALL - The Juniata tennis team hit the road for a non-league match against Central Mountain Thursday, and for the first time this season the Indians found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, falling 3-2.
An impending inclement weather threat changed the format of the match to 3-2, which adversely affected the Indians' play. Isaac Eck was the lone singles winner on the day, defeating Tom Rodabaugh 6-0 and 6-1. Logan Aurand and Ricky Heck topped their opponents in doubles action to notch the team's second and final point of the match.
Juniata (4-1) hosts Carson Long today.
Midd-West's softball game with Selinsgrove and Mount Union's softball game at West Branch were both postponed due to poor field conditions Thursday. Makeup dates have not yet been determined for either game.