LEWISTOWN - The otherwise steady trio of singles players for Mifflin County's tennis team ran into a brick wall Thursday as Red Land swept the three matches en route to a Commonwealth Division win, 3-2.
Mifflin County's No. 1, Connor Saltzer, snagged just one game in his match and he fell 6-1, 6-0. Matt DeBenedetto vollied with his opponent Peter Landis but the Patriot got the best of the Huskies' No. 2 man and took the match in straight sets as well, 6-2 and 6-2. Clay Morgan looked to edge his counterpart in the third singles battle and despite winning three games in the second set, Red Land's Mike Becior was too strong. Morgan dropped the match 6-1, 6-3.
Coach Glenn Kile adjusted his doubles teams for the match - which proved to be successful - as Cody Donaldson and Ben Renninger notched a team point with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Ben Hugendubler and Will Fox were impressive in their doubles victory, dropping only one game to Trent Kerr and Luke Sade on the way to the 6-1, 6-0 win.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY?KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Connor Saltzer eyes his return shot to Red Land’s Ben Kunkel Thursday in Lewistown.
The Huskies travel to Hershey Monday.
Juniata 4, Clearfield 3
CLEARFIELD - Juniata needed every win it could get on the tennis court Thursday as the Indians edged Clearfield by one match, 4-3, in non-league action.
No. 1 singles man Isaac Eck set the stage for Juniata, defeating Cory Maines 6-2, 6-0. From there, wins from Luis Pacheco, Ricky Heck and the doubles teams of Eck and Brad Strawser rounded out the rest of the Indians' wins for the evening.
Pacheco allowed Clearfield's Ben Panebianco just three games in the 6-3, 6-0 match. Eck and Strawser won a 10-1 pro set in doubles. Heck's match with Vince Owens was a bit closer, ending at 6-3, 6-4.
Brad Lipka and Logan Aurand took losses for the Indians, but they each stretched their singles matches to a tiebreaker before the loss.
Juniata (6-2) travels to Huntingdon today.
Millersburg 15, Juniata 5 (6 innings)
MILLERSBURG - Juniata appeared well on its way to its second win of the season on the baseball diamond as it led Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg 5-4 after four and a half innings, but everything unraveled when Millersburg put up 10 in the bottom of the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to end the game at 15-5 in six innings.
"Things were looking great, and then their bats came alive," Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
Leading the charge for Juniata's offense was freshman Chance Swartz. In his two-hit performance, Swartz collected a double, three RBIs and one stolen base.
"You can't ask for much more hitting wise from a freshman," Beward said.
Juniata (1-8) travels to West Perry today.
East Juniata 13, Line Mountain 3 (6 innings)
MANDATA - Nick Lorenz struck out 13 to take a win on the mound and hit a three-run homer to help push East Juniata's offense as the Tigers slammed Line Mountain, 13-3, in a six-inning Tri-Valley League baseball game Thursday.
"We did hit the ball pretty well," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. And along with seven free passes issued by the Eagle pitching staff, "We were able to plate them."
The Tigers had a 7-3 edge going into the fifth, scored five more there and made it a 10-run rule game in the sixth.
"They had some good hitters, good sticks," Brubaker said. "(Lorenz) had to move the ball around. With 13 strikeouts he was able to keep them on their toes."
Jesse Watts also homered for the Tigers, and Jeremy Pannebaker had a double.
East Juniata (6-1, 5-1) travels to Bible Baptist Monday.
Mount Union 6, Williamsburg 0
WILLIAMSBURG - The Mount Union baseball team kept rolling Thursday as the squad shut out Williamsburg for its eighth Inter-County Conference North division victory.
Cole Boozel got the win as he tossed 13 strikeouts and only allowed two hits. Boozel made the most of his 101 pitches - allowing just two hits while walking three Blue Pirates.
"Cole was outstanding," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "He had an excellent fastball and a very effective curveball and changeup - he really had good stuff."
The Trojans built a two-run lead in the first and plated four more runs in the second. Brady Goodling knocked in four of the team's runs while going 2-4 on the day. Boomer Brown and Cory Kyler also had an RBI apiece.
"Both teams played solid baseball," Imperioli said. "It was a good win for us."
Mount Union (9-1, 8-1) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel Tuesday.
Mifflin County 6, State College 2 (9 innings)
STATE COLLEGE - Headed into the top of the ninth Mifflin County and State College were knotted up at 2-2 in Thursday's Commonwealth Division softball game.
Mifflin County's Taylor Boyer decided it was time to go home.
After teammates Allessa Morrison and Jordan Myers reached on walks and Mara Rhodes singled, Boyer cleared the bases with a triple to deep left center. Macie Lucas then brought Boyer home to end the game at 6-2.
Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said at first he was afraid State College would catch Boyer's hit, but it just kept flying.
"She got all of it, and they just couldn't catch up to it," he said.
Boyer was the hero, but she couldn't have done it without teammate Shelby Lyter, who threw 10 stikeouts in her nine innings of work.
"She was just really hitting her spots in the ninth inning," McCurdy said, explaining that after her team took the lead in the top of the inning, she finished strong to bring home the win.
With the exception of a makeup game against Central Dauphin, Mifflin County (6-1, 6-1) has completed its first cycle of Commonwealth Division play, and will start the second cycle today at Red Land.
Juniata 11, Millersburg 1
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata got six strikeouts from Brinley Irvin and four RBIs from Kristen Pray Thursday to notch a Tri-Valley League win over Millersburg, 11-1 in six innings.
The Indians got things rolling in the third with three runs and never looked back. Three runs in each of the next two innings built an eight-run lead for the home team and Irvin did the rest, fanning Millersburg hitters and keeping the visiting Indians at bay.
Hali Weiand went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Megan Shoop chipped in one of her own on her 1-for-2 day at the plate.
Juniata (4-5, 4-3) hosts Greenwood Monday.
Line Mountain 3, East Juniata 1
COCOLAMUS - It was a defensive battle Thursday evening as East Juniata and Line Mountain matched up on the softball diamond, but in the end Line Mountain came out on top in the 3-1 Tri-Valley League contest.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 after Line Mountain's three-run fifth, but in the bottom of the sixth Kiley Sheaffer laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Ashlyn Erhard from third, giving East Juniata its only run of the game.
In every other inning but the fifth and sixth, both teams were held scoreless as Erhard threw eight strikeouts and allowed four hits while Line Mountain's Savannah Loyson kept the Tigers off balance with three strikeouts and five hits.
East Juniata travels to non-league opponent Selinsgrove on Monday.
Milton 15, Midd-West 0 (3 innings)
MILTON - Midd-West struggled at the plate and from the pitcher's circle Thursday as Milton plated 10 first-inning runs and took the game in three innings, 15-0.
The effects of a devastating one-run loss to Heartland foe Shikellamy Tuesday seemed to plague the Mustangs as the team struggled to put the ball in play against the Panthers.
"I think the girls were still shellshocked from the loss against Shikellamy," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. "I didn't know if we were quite there mentally."
Voss said his pitcher made some adjustments but Milton took advantage.
The Mustangs (0-9, 0-7) will look to notch their first victory Monday at Lewisburg.
Mount Union 17, Williamsburg 8
WILLIAMSBURG - Mount Union had to battle through wet field conditions and a potent Williamsburg offense in Thursday's Inter-County Conference softball game, but the Trojans overcame all difficulties en route to a 17-8 win over the Blue Pirates.
Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said the infield was slower, and the Blue Pirates capitalized upon this as they put up 14 hits against Mount Union pitcher Marissa Aurand.
Aurand's team was right behind her at the plate, though, as Mount Union plated 17 runs on 19 hits, including a home run from Kristen Miles.
Miles went 5-for-6 with four RBIs, and Fiscus was very complimentary of her performance.
"I thought Miles really played a heck of a game hitting wise, and it was good to see Marissa Dimoff another senior go 2-for-4," he said.
Mount Union (8-1, 7-1) hosts McConnellsburg today.
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood scattered just four hits and committed five errors en route to a 13-1 five-inning loss to Tri-Valley League foe Halifax Thursday.
Greenwood hurler Chelsea Hicks tossed three strikeouts and kept her team in the game through three innings but sloppy defense led to a seven-run fifth inning for Halifax that eventually ended the game.
"We didn't look sharp all over," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "We did a decent job putting the ball in play - defensively we weren't sharp."
Amy Heggenstaller plated the Wildcats' lone run of the game in the third inning but the squad gave it right back in the top of the fourth. Greenwood was unable to answer in the home-half of the fourth or fifth.
Greenwood (2-3) plays Susquenita in its first game at the PeCo tournament today in Newport.
Track and field
Boys: McConnellsburg 106, Mount Union 44; Bellwood-Antis 129, Mount Union 21
Girls: McConnellsburg 105, Mount Union 43; Bellwood-Antis 120 2/3, Mount Union 25 1/3
MOUNT UNION - Mount Union struggled to score against Bellwood-Antis and McConnellsburg in a home track and field meet Thursday.
The Trojans fell to both the league (Bellwood) and non-league opponents.
Bright spots for Mount Union were Jimmy Nicastro, who won the boys high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. The lone winner for the girls was Alana Saulen, who took the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.3 seconds.
Mount Union is in the Juniata Valley Invitational Saturday.