PHILIPSBURG - The Mifflin County softball team traveled outside the Commonwealth Division for a round-robin style tournament with Philipsburg-Osceola and Altoona on Saturday, and came away with both a win and a loss for its efforts.
In their first game, the Huskies topped Altoona 15-13 despite the fact that Altoona outhit them 17-14.
"The Altoona game was surprising to me. I thought we would definitely do a little bit better in that game...Altoona really did an exceptional job of just hitting the ball," Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
But if the game was all about hitting, freshman pitcher Hannah Ruby shouldn't be forgotten.
Altoona had the bases loaded on two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and the freshman came in for her first glimpse of varsity experience to seal the Huskies' win.
"She came out and closed that Altoona game. And we needed her to do that. It was 15-13 with bases loaded with two outs, and we pulled her up from the JV game to come in and close the game, and she did that," McCurdy said, explaining that she got the last strikeout in three pitches.
In the second game Ruby got the start, but after a strong first inning was quickly unraveled by Philipsburg-Osceola.
Rachel Zimmerman completed the rest of the game for Ruby, but the Huskies were defeated 10-0 in six innings by a Philipsburg-Osceola team which McCurdy predicts will make a run in this year's state tournament.
Mifflin County (12-5) has its last three games of the regular season this week, beginning with Tuesday's game at Cedar Cliff.
Track and field
Stan Morgan Invitational
CARLISLE - It's no exaggeration to say Greenwood's Emily Fisher had a great day at Saturday's Stan Morgan Invitational.
A three-time place winner - more than any other Wildcat was able to place on the day - Fisher was the only athlete from Greenwood to get a first place finish with her 118 meter throw in the discus.
Overall, the girls team scored 35 points to finish seventh out of 12 teams. In addition to Fisher, who also finished second in the shot put, other top four finishes from the girls included the 4x800 relay team, Hattie Kuhns' fourth in the 400-meter dash and Sierra Stephens' fourth in the javelin.
For the boys, the 4x400 team lead the way with a second place finish as 38 team points put the Wildcats in seventh out of 11 teams.
The boys highest individual placewinner was Dillon Meehan with a second-place effort in the shot put.
Teammate Scott Kerstetter also finished third in the 400 and Gabe Schroff got third in the 110 hurdles.