From staff reports
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata was already cruising when the first pitch came over the plate Thursday - the Tigers were up 6-0 on Millersburg when their Tri-Valley League baseball game, suspended a day earlier, resumed.
It kept going in the same direction. The home club put five more runs across the plate, ending with an 11-1 victory in six innings.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
East Juniata’s Nick Lorenz, right, tags out Millersburg’s Robbie Burger as he dives back to second base Thursday in Cocolamus. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"It's really nice to be able to start ahead 6-0," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. That, and thanks to the break point - the middle of the fourth - "We had the first at bat tonight."
Despite all the scoring, only one extra-base hit was recorded in the game, a Cole Snyder double. Nick Lorenz hit 3-for-3 and drove in three runs.
The Tigers succeeded on the base paths, Brubaker said.
"That's the fortunate thing about getting ahead," he said. "You can take a litlte bit of the chances that you normally wouldn't take in a tight game. We made them make plays."
East Juniata (8-1, 6-1) hosts Upper Dauphin today.
District 6 tournament
ALTOONA - Isaac Eck will play for the District 6 Class AA singles title for the second year in a row after he eliminated three opponents in straight sets Thursday at Altoona's Leopold Complex.
Teammate Logan Aurand saw his singles tournament end in the quarterfinals to the hand of Westmont-Hilltop's Jeremy Bernheimer - the opponent Eck will face in the final Saturday, which is back in Altoona with a 10 a.m. start.
Aurand's loss to the Hilltoppers' No. 1 was a heartbreaker, going about as far as a match can - the two split the first two sets, each winning 7-5, then Bernheimer ended it with a 6-1 set in the third.
"It was very close. It was a very long match," Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. "This is a lot further than he went last year and he played a great day."
Aurand, a senior, still has a shot at returning to states in doubles, which he and Eck accomplished a year ago.
Eck, a sophomore making his second finals appearance against a top-ranked player from the Johnstown-area school, has to be prepared to play the best, Musselman said.
"He knows there's going to be very, very stiff competition," the coach said. "As I see it there's less of a difference between their 1 and 2 than our 1 and 2."
As a team, the Indians are on their home court today against Huntingdon.
Track and field
Boys: Juniata 85, Millersburg 65
Girls: Millersburg 102, Juniata 47
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata's boys picked up a win in a close Tri-Valley League track and field meet against Millersburg Thursday.
The girls found out why the visitors are the favorite to win the league.
Juniata's boys had multiple wins from three individuals and swept two events on the way to an 85-65 win. The girls struggled, winning only six times in 18 events as the Indians won 102-47.
For the boys, Nick Gilbert (hurdles), Tyler Hershey (high jump and triple jump) and Nick Bodley (discus and javelin) were the two-time winners. Gilbert also helped the Indians sweep the discus - they also took all three places in the javelin - and Hershey added a second in the long jump.
"The 4x400 and the high jumpers at the end knew they had to produce big points," Juniata coach Kim Jart said - and they did with a win and a sweep. "You can't ask for anything better than that."
In the girls meet, Rachel Brown delivered her usual 15 points by winning all three jumps. Makenzie Bishop also was a multiple-event winner, crossing the line first in both sprints.
"She really brought her 200 time down," Hart said of Bishop. "She's really coming into her own, too."
The Indians head to the Pine Grove Invitational today.
Boys: East Juniata 102, Upper Dauphin 47
Girls: Upper Dauphin 88, East Juniata 62
ELIZABETHVILLE - A trio of multiple-event winners and a pair of sweeps helped propel East Juniata past Upper Dauphin, 102-47, in their boys track and field meet Thursday, while the Tiger girls fell to their Tri-Valley League counterparts, 88-62.
The win by the boys sets up Tuesday's showdown at Greenwood to determine whether the Tigers will capture the league crown for the first time in more than 30 years.
"Our guys had a good night tonight. I don't think we're able to cruise yet," East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said. "Going to Greenwood on the second meeting is a tough place to go."
David Brantley (hurdles), Spencer Reinford (sprints) and Tyler Hepner (throws) all delivered big points for the team. Brantley also won the long jump, one of the events the Tigers swept. They also took three spots in the 800.
Brooke Maneval, Megan Hart and Molly Scholl each scored 10 for the girls, mostly in the field. Ritzman was especially pleased with Maneval's shot put win.
"That's a 'Hey I'm going to district now' throw," he said of the 31 foot, 1/2 inch effort. "The girls showed up. We got beat by a better team."
Hurdler Melvin Smith also punched his ticket for the district meet, Ritzman said.
East Juniata (Boys: 13-1, 6-0; Girls: 8-5, 1-5) travel to the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.
Boys: Fannett-Metal 76, Mount Union 73
Girls: Mount Union 81, Fannett-Metal 69
MOUNT UNION - Two close meets, one each way in Mount Union Thursday as the boys fell in a close shave to Fannett-Metal, while the girls won their non-league track event.
"The girls won the second meet in a row - a win streak there," Trojan coach Bob Wydock exclaimed.
For the boys, he said, the loss of a pole vaulter and a distance runner to illness brought about the loss.
Alana Saulen won both sprints in the girls meet and Tynita White returned to action to lead a sweep in the shot put. The Trojans won the 4x800-meter relay, and Liz Stewart the 1,600.
For the boys, Zach Knable took both hurdles races. Austin Low won the pole vault and McKenon Burns the shot. The 4x100 relay came across first, too.
"I was just pleased with the effort of both boys and girls teams today," Wydock said. "They gave it their all."
Mount Union 15, Juniata Valley 0 (5 innings)
ALEXANDRIA - Six different Mount Union players doubled and pitcher Liza Feagley added a home run to her two-bagger as the Trojans romped over Juniata Valley, 15-0, in a five-inning Inter-County Conference softball game Thursday.
"We played well tonight," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Feagley, he said, was finally ready for the circle coming off an injury and performed well. Plus, he said, the top of the batting lineup has been a steady force.
"(Kristen) Miles continues to hit well out of the No. 1 spot," he said. "She really sets the table for us."
Mount Union (10-2, 9-2) travels to West Branch Friday.
Mount Union 11, Juniata Valley 1 (6 innings)
ALEXANDRIA - Mount Union brought the bats to Juniata Valley, and the Hornets let the Trojans use them.
A four-run first opened a lead that just got bigger for Mount Union, which won the Inter-County Conference baseball outing in six innings, 11-1.
Cole Boozel had a double and a triple, Cory Kylor homered and drove in thre runs as the Trojans recorded 14 hits in the contest.
"This was one of our best days offensively," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "We had only scored three runs in the prior 12 innings. It was nice to see us come out and attack the ball."
He also spoke well of Klayton Heffner's win on the mound.
"Heffner did his usual excellent job pitching," he said. "(He had) good command of his fastball especially."
Mount Union (10-2, 9-2) travels to Hollidaysburg today.