MILTON - After a three-year drought, Midd-West baseball is headed back to districts when a 6-3 win over Heartland Conference opponent Milton on Tuesday propelled the Mustangs into the tournament.
Midd-West trailed the Panthers most of the game, but a big four-run seventh inning gave the Mustangs the victory.
Coach Ron Flood gave his pitchers Austin Hockenbrock and Alex Lash a lot of credit.
"Lash was throwing a good ball game, he only gave up three runs," Flood said.
Lash threw five strikeouts until he was taken out in the late innings for Hockenbrock, who threw four strikeouts of his own to hold off the Panthers.
Flood also gave credit to Luke Zimmerman, who had three doubles and two RBIs in his 3-for-4 outing.
Midd-West (10-8) plays host to Troy today.
Lancaster Country Day 6, Greenwood 4
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood's Brady Stover had an outstanding day from the mound Tuesday, striking out 13 Lancaster Country Day batters in his seven innings of work. However, the Wildcats had trouble manufacturing the necessary runs, and fell to the Tri-Valley League opponent, 6-4.
"Brady had complete control of the game, it's just a shame we couldn't produce some runs early," Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said. "It's the best outing he's had all season."
Greenwood did get four runs in the bottom of the sixth, with one RBI apiece from Josh Noll and Noah Wright accounting for two of the four, but that was the Wildcats' only inning to light up the scoreboard.
The Wildcats have their last game of the season Thursday when they play host to Newport.
Line Mountain 14, Juniata 4 (6 innings)
HERNDON - Juniata's struggles with recording the third out this season continued Tuesday as the Indians fell 14-4 to Tri-Valley League foe Line Mountain in six innings.
Juniata got on the board first with two runs in the opening frame and it looked like the visitors would have a shutdown inning as starting pitcher Chad Eberle retired the first two hitters, but Line Mountain went on to score three two-out runs to take the one run lead.
"That's just the way the season has gone for us," Juniata coach Nick Beward said. "We couldn't get the third out."
Despite the early one-run deficit, Beward's team battled to within two runs in the fifth behind hits by Stephen Zearfaus and Austin Berry but the Eagles came back in the home half of the fifth and turned it up a notch. After allowing the first two runners to reach, Beward made a pitching change - the adjustment backfired though and the Eagles went on to score seven runs, putting the game out of reach.
"We battled up until the fifth inning," Beward said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win but we just didn't come through."
Juniata (4-14, 4-10) hosts Halifax Thursday.
Halifax 3, East Juniata 2
HALIFAX - A few close plays can make all the difference in a game of baseball, and East Juniata faced the harsh end of this reality Tuesday when the Tigers lost to Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax, 3-2.
In the second inning, East Juniata had two runners called out at home, and that could have been the difference in the game. The inning started strong with three-straight singles from the Tigers, but although they kept putting the ball in play, the outs at home proved harmful.
"That pretty much did us in. We scored another one in the fourth inning, but that was the tough inning," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said.
Starting pitcher Nick Lorenz threw 11 strikeouts, but also gave up six walks as he took the loss. Dillon Leonard went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
East Juniata (13-4, 11-3) has two games remaining in the regular season, including today's game at home against Newport.
Juniata 16, Line Mountain 1 (4 innings)
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata made short work of Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain Tuesday on the softball diamond.
In four innings, the Indians put up 16 runs on as many hits and pitcher Brinley Irvin only allowed the Eagles on base three times in her one-hit effort as the Indians buried Line Mountain, 16-1.
Offensively Juniata was unstoppable, as multiple RBIs from Kristen Pray, Irvin, Micheh Horning, Hali Weiand and Summer Swab put the Indians across home plate time and again.
In addition to her three RBIs, Pray pulled through with a home run and triple in her 2-for-2 evening at the plate.
"They're not giving up and they're fighting hard. I'm proud of them," Juniata coach Brian Sheaffer said, pointing out that in the past two games his team has been hitting the ball exceptionally well.
Today Juniata (7-7, 6-5) has a chance to tie with Upper Dauphin for the TVL title when the Indians host the Trojans for the conclusion of a game suspended earlier in the season. This game will pick up in the fifth inning at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards, Juniata will host East Juniata with a 5:30 p.m. start time.
Halifax 15, East Juniata 5 (5 innings)
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata fought back hard against Halifax's lead Tuesday by scoring runs in the last three innings of the Tri-Valley League softball game, but ultimately the Tigers still fell short in the 15-5 loss.
"Our girls stayed in it, they kept their positive momentum throughout and it came through with getting some runs in the last innings," East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
East Juniata had RBIs from Lydia Hunter, Sam Lash and Lauren Maguire in the team's five-hit effort, but it was all overshadowed by a grand slam shot by Halifax's Chelsea Konyar in the top of the third.
"I've never seen a ball hit that far. They (Halifax) were hitting the ball very far tonight," Schilling said.
Today East Juniata (3-14) travels to Juniata at 5:30 p.m. for the conclusion of the Tigers' season.