MARION CENTER - Mount Union needed a run heading into the top of the seventh against Marion Center in the first round of the District 6 Class AA softball tournament Thursday.
Enter Kristin Miles.
With the score at 3-3 and teammate Marissa Dimoff waiting at second, Miles stroked a double to left center to plate Dimoff and give the Trojans the final 4-3 lead for the win. And this hit wasn't Miles' first high moment, either.
During the very first at bat of the game, Miles rocketed a home run to give Mount Union the early 1-0 lead.
"She really started us. She obviously got us off in the right foot," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
With the lead in hand, the Trojans then got in a little bit of trouble when Marion Center put up three runs in the bottom of the second for the 3-1 lead.
"We had an error in the second inning which allowed a couple runs to score, but beside that (Marissa Aurand) really kept them off balance," Fiscus said of his starting pitcher, who notched the win with three strikeouts and seven hits allowed.
Two runs in the top of the fifth plus the one for the lead in the seventh rounded out Mount Union's scoring, propelling the Trojans (15-4) to the next round of the tournament Monday at No. 1 seed Philipsburg-Osceola.
Newport 6, Greenwood 2
NEWPORT - Greenwood trailed Tri-Valley League opponent Newport 8-5 in terms of hits Thursday on the softball diamond, but four errors proved to be the difference in the 6-2 loss for the Wildcats.
"We just weren't good enough defensively to win," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said, whose team gave up four unearned runs in the contest.
In the second, the Wildcats put up their two runs when two walks and an error plated one and Brooke Louden singled to bring in teammate Brittany Fleisher for the second run.
Greenwood (6-11, 5-9) has completed its regular season and will begin its foray into the District 3 Class A tournament when it plays Upper Dauphin Thursday at a location yet to be determined.
Halifax 11, Juniata 8
MIFFLINTOWN - With nothing to lose in their next to last game of the season, the Juniata Indians tried to play spoiler to Halifax's outright Tri-Valley League title Thursday. And in the end, the Indians brought it a lot closer than anyone would have expected.
"I think we caught everybody off guard tonight, including ourselves," Juniata coach Nick Beward said, whose team came back from a first-inning 7-0 deficit to end the game at 11-8.
"I did everything I could to verbally and emotionally pump these guys up," Beward said, explaining that his team showed a lot of heart by sticking in the game all seven innings.
Juniata was paced offensively by Ty Treaster, who finished the day with a homer, a double and three RBIs.
"I truly believe this baseball team is going in the right direction," Beward said, further explaining that although the team is very young, it saw Thursday what it can accomplish in the future if it sticks together.
Juniata (4-15, 4-11) hosts Newport today for its last game of the season.
Newport 10, Greenwood 2
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood mustered just two runs on six hits Thursday in the season finale with Tri-Valley League opponent Newport and fell to the Buffaloes 10-2.
The Wildcats got two strikeouts from starting pitcher Adam Harrison and three from freshman Mitch Taylor but five free passes led to runs for Newport and Greenwood's offense, though coming around, was stymied. Coach Mark Sherman noted his team's improvement.
"Defensively we've gotten better," he said. "We need to work on our hitting."
Josh Shuman slapped a double for the Wildcats and Tony Reid collected two RBIs on the day.
Greenwood finishes its season at 1-19
East Juniata 25, Lancaster Country Day 4 (3 innings)
LANCASTER - East Juniata exploded for 18 hits Thursday in its Tri-Valley League finale at Lancaster Country Day and crushed the Cougars 25-4 in three innings.
Bailey Coder got the nod for the Tigers and pounded the zone, striking out seven hitters. Coder also did it at the plate as the tall right hander cranked two home runs, including a grand slam in the top of the second. The home run was part of a five-homer day for the Tigers. Teammates Nick Lorenz, Ryan Stuck and Jesse Watts also hit home runs in the game.
Dalton Rowe, Cole Snyder and Dillon Leonard also had solid days from the plate, each smacking a double. Rowe finished the day with three hits.
East Juniata (15-4, 14-3) hopes Thursday's offensive explosion carries over to the district playoffs next week. The date and opponent are yet to be determined.