LEWISBERRY - Mifflin County made the long drive to Lewisberry for the second time Monday, but this time, the softball team had the advantage of a 1-0 lead when the bus arrived.
It didn't last. The Patriots evened the score in the third, and took a brief lead in the fifth, but the Huskies came away with the Commonwealth Division win, 3-2.
The game, suspended after a false start less than a week ago, picked up in the bottom of the second with Red Land at bat. The Patriots had two outs, two strikes and a runner on, but little chance against Shelby Lyter, who ended up with 10 strikeouts in the complete-game victory.
"Obviously even on a somewhat off night for her she's going to keep you in games," Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
Offensively, the Huskies were led by Tara Kibe (3-for-3 with an RBI) and Macie Lucas (2-for-4). Allessa Morrison and Jordan Shirey also drove in runs. McCurdy said he was surprised the Patriots were not among the top teams in the division based on how they played the Huskies this year.
"They have a great defense and a couple hitters that are really hard to get out," he said.
Mifflin County (14-5, 12-3) host State College Wednesday at Steve Snyder Field in Reedsville.
East Juniata 1 (5 innings)
NEWPORT - East Juniata put up one run in the fifth when Lydia Hunter hit into a fielder's choice to bring home teammate Ashlyn Erhard, but Newport responded with three in the bottom of the inning to end the game early under the 10-run rule with the 11-1 win.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, Kiley Sheaffer and Taylor Marker were the only Tigers to notch a hit while Erhard took the loss on the mound with two strikeouts to her two walks.
"Newport was a very solid team, hitting the ball very well. I thought the girls played well, they just faced a much better opponent," East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
East Juniata looks for its fourth win today when the Tigers host Halifax.
Mifflin County 6, Philipsburg-Osceola 4
PHILIPSBURG - Mifflin County has seen teams come back late in baseball games this spring. Monday, it was the Huskies who took the late win.
Mifflin County put up four runs in the seventh to slide by Philipsburg-Osceola, 6-4, in a non-league game.
"A lot of these games have not gone our way. It was nice to have a late seventh inning rally," Huskies coach Travis Zook said.
The Mounties got in front in the third after tying the game 2-2 in the second. Starting pitcher Rodney Patterson, whom Zook said had a good outing overall, saw all four Philipsburg runs score while he was on the hill, albeit only three earned.
Mifflin County got two innings of superb relief after that from Seth Wagner, who struck out all six batters he faced for the win. Isaiah Kearns picked up a save.
Lucas McKay and Jacob Larson each doubled for the Huskies; Larson drove in a pair of runs and McKay plated one.
"We had nine hits but we stranded a lot of runners," Zook said, adding that the team accumulated five steals.
Mifflin County (9-9) heads to State College today for a 2 p.m. game. The No. 2 seed Huskies play Altoona this week and then rest until May 23, when they host Central Mountain in the District 6 Class AAAA semifinals.
Midd-West 10, Greenwood 0 (5 innings)
BEAVER SPRINGS - Four Midd-West pitchers combined for a no-hitter against Greenwood as the Mustangs moved a game over .500 in non-league baseball action Monday.
The win was crucial for Midd-West, which now needs just one more - with three games to go this week - to clinch a District 4 playoff berth.
"That's all we needed - just a win," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. "It wasn't pretty, but we got it."
The Mustangs got a total of 10 strikeouts from their pitching staff; Greenwood's hurlers issued nine walks.
Colton Keister picked up the win in relief and had two hits in the game. Hunter Shuff was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Midd-West (9-8) travels to Milton today.