MILLERSTOWN - Mark Sherman will not finish his rookie coaching year without a win.
Greenwood's first-year skipper, who has watched his team struggle through to this point without coming out on top of the scoreboard, got there Wednesday and in a big way - the Wildcats showered Carson Long with eight hits, outscoring the Warriors 17-2 in a four-inning, non-league baseball game.
"We played solid ball. We did a lot right," Sherman said. "They played better instinctively today."
Sherman said his team did a good job reading pitches and running aggressively. Five walks issued by Carson Long's pitcher and a half dozen Warrior errors helped Greenwood to the win.
"It was a good learning game," Sherman said.
He's still concerned about pitching - Greenwood's staff put seven on base for free while striking out just four - but said they got ahead on the count and held on.
The 'Cats host Halifax today.
Jersey Shore 9, Midd-West 4
JERSEY SHORE - Midd-West took an early 4-0 lead over Heartland Conference opponent Jersey Shore on Wednesday in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered right away with three of their own in the bottom of the inning, then scored six more times for the 9-4 win.
Jersey Shore winning pitcher Travis Bradley only had three strikeouts, so the Mustangs were putting the ball in play, but just couldn't get the base hits.
"Like I said we didn't quit, we didn't give up, we just couldn't get the base hit," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said, highlighting that Shane Connahan collected two RBIs off his first-inning single and Alex Sharp also had an RBI single in the first.
Midd-West (7-6) hosts Danville today.
Penns Valley 13, East Juniata 1
SPRING MILLS - East Juniata could only muster seven hits to Penns Valley's 13 Wednesday during a non-league baseball game, and it hurt the Tigers in the end as they fell 13-1.
Bailey Coder took the loss for East Juniata, but was also the only Tiger to cross the plate, as a he was brought home by Dillon Leonard after reaching on a triple.
East Juniata (9-3, 7-2) gets back into Tri-Valley League action today when it travels to Newport.
Mount Union 14, Central Cambria 2 (5 innings)
MOUNT UNION - A solid first inning was followed by a huge second as Mount Union pounded out 10 hits in a 14-2 win over Central Cambria in a non-league baseball game Wednesday.
The game opened with Boomer Brown drawing a walk and the inning included five straight hits.
"The one thing I did like was how we came out in the first inning," Trojans coach Nick Imperioli said. "We hit the ball the way I like to see it. It was some of the best hitting I've seen us do this year."
The 11-run second also started with free passes, boosted by timely hits to take advantage, he said. Cory Kylor and Brady Goodling were both 2-for-2 at the plate; Kylor drove in three runs.
Mount Union (12-3) travels to Bellwood-Antis today.
Line Mountain 11, Greenwood 5
HERNDON - Greenwood was doing its best to stick with Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain during Wednesday's softball game, but the Eagles' six-run sixth in addition to the lead they already had deflated the Wildcats' effort as they fell in the eventual 11-5 final score.
"We were right there again, it's just a matter of playing a complete game and getting the win," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
Chelsea Hicks had a double and one RBI for the Wildcats, teammate Katie Osborne also reached second and had an RBI, and Brittany Fleisher and Amy Heggenstaller both went 2-for-4 with Heggenstaller picking up two RBIs.
Greenwood (3-7, 3-7) will resume its previously suspended Perry County tournament game with Susquenita at home Friday.
Central Dauphin 1, Mifflin County 0
HARRISBURG - It took six innings for a runner to cross the plate. Unfortunately for Mifflin County, it was a Central Dauphin runner.
Alexis Hess had an RBI single in the sixth, plating the lone run in a 1-0 Rams' victory in the Commonwealth Division softball game.
"It was a well-played game. Both teams played defensively very well," Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
Shelby Lyter had a strong outing in the circle despite the loss, striking out five without a walk. Jordan Myers, Taylor Boyer and Jordan Shirey had hits for the Huskies.
Mifflin County (10-4, 9-3) hosts Carlisle today.
Juniata 6, Carson Long 1
MIFFLINTOWN - The Indians had to put off what was scheduled to be Monday's tennis match against Carson Long until Wednesday due to bad weather.
The delay didn't seem to have any negative effect on Juniata's play.
Winning six of the seven total matches - five of which were won in either one set or two straight sets - the Indians took the 6-1 non-league win.
Brad Strawser had the closest singles match, falling to Carson Long's Arden Kennedy 4-6 in the first set before rebounding 6-2, 10-4 for the win. Strawser's teammates Isaac Eck, Logan Aurand, Brad Lipka, Chantz Imes and the doubles team of Luis Pacheco and Ricky Heck were responsible for Juniata's other wins.
Juniata's record is at 9-2, and today two Indian doubles teams will compete in the District 6 Class AA doubles tournament in Mifflintown.
Babe Ruth baseball
Belleville 8, Milroy 4
MILROY - Belleville has played all three of the top teams in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League and just missed pulling off upsets against Lewistown and Beaver Springs.
On Wednesday, the Big Valley squad took on third place Milroy. This time, things fell in place for Belleville as it pulled off the upset and stunned the third-place team, 8-4.
Belleville's Eddie Hamman worked the first 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and four runs. Milroy scored three times in the second inning thanks to three Belleville errors and two singles from Graham Rhoades and Jared Soles.
Isaac Maclay came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and got a ground out to end the inning. He then picked up the save with a scoreless seventh as the game ended on a double play.
Rhoades picked up his second hit with an RBI single in the fourth, giving Milroy a 4-2 lead.
Belleville responded in the fifth with a four-run inning thanks to three hits, including an RBI double from Maclay. Milroy walked two in the inning and had a passed ball and Belleville used a squeeze bunt from Kyle Peachey to add to the Milroy misery.
The big hitting star for Belleville was Tyler Bedelyon, who had four hits including a double. Dylan Billett, Maclay and Trent Yoder each had two hits. Both of Maclay's hits went for two bases and one of Billett's was a double.
Rhoades, Soles and Jake Smith each had two hits for Milroy and one of Smith's was a double.