From staff reports
NEWPORT - Twice Midd-West found itself in a hole against Newport in a non-league softball game Friday.
Twice the Mustangs found a way out. Emily Hackenberg doubled and two teammates hit 3-for-4 on the day as Midd-West pulled out a 6-5 victory over the Buffaloes.
For a team that has an infield dominated by freshman and sophomores, the win could be huge, Midd-West coach Pete Voss said.
"This game I think could get us rolling. This was a huge win for our program," he said.
The Mustangs, he said, battled, showing character and heart on the way to the win.
"They played to the very last pitch. Hopefully we can turn the page to more success," Voss said.
Newport scored three in the opening frame, which was matched by Midd-West in the fourth. An inning later, a one-on home run gave the Buffaloes the lead again. The winning run was scored in the top of the seventh.
Summer Brown and Brynn Markley were good for six of the Mustangs' 10 hits. Markley, winning pitcher Adrianne Gesselman, Hackenberg and Jess Weaver all drove in runs.
Midd-West also won the JV game, 13-3.
The Mustangs (1-1) travel to Jersey Shore Tuesday.
Mount Union 3,
Southern Huntingdon 0
MOUNT UNION - Pitching and defense.
Mount Union has been using the traditional formula to race out to a 3-0 record early in the season with a 3-0 victory over Southern Huntingdon on Friday.
The Trojans got six innings of no-hit baseball from pitcher Dylan Sunderland in his first high school start and a double and RBI from Trevon Walker to earn the win.
"That's been the thing for us so far this season," Mount Union manager Nick Imperioli said. "We've been (pitching well) and playing great defense."
After losing last year's ace Cole Boozel, Imperioli figured his team would have to score more runs.
Sunderland putting up six zeros and striking out three along the way made the three runs that Mount Union was able to get stand up.
Drew Harshbarger also knocked in a run for the Trojans and Darrian Stapelton earned the save when he came in following Sunderland allowing his first hit of the day.
"We had some timely hits today," Imperioli said. "It was enough to win."
Mount Union (3-0, 3-0) will look to continue rolling when they welcome in Glendale on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Tussey Mountain 5,
SAXTON - Juniata got singles wins from Ricky Heck and Brad Strawser but fell 5-2 to Tussey Mountain in a boys tennis match Friday.
Tussey Mountain swept doubles play and won the three remaining singles matches.
The Titans got two wins from each Iacapo Ricci and John Clark as the two won singles matches and teamed up to win a doubles match.
Altoona Mirror Classic
CRESSON - Mifflin County's Hunter Wright had a team-high three steals to go along with four rebounds and a point in helping Central PA to a 121-107 win over Blair County in the ninth annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic boys game on Friday night at Mount Aloysius College's new Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center.
Wright was 0-for-1 from the field and 1-for-4 at the line in 13 minutes of action.
Seven Central PA stars scored in double-figures, including team MVP Todd Fetsko of Marion Center, who came off the bench to tally 19 points to go along with five rebounds. State College's Michael Beattie, Homer-Center's Joe Capitosti and Bishop Carroll's Marcus Lee each scored 15.
It was only a three-point game early in the fourth quarter when Tyrone's Brandon Gripp converted a three-point play for Blair County to make it 94-91, but Central PA went on a 23-10 run from there to put it away.
Gripp was the Blair MVP with 24 points, just three away from the Classic record. Altoona's Manny Span added 21 points and nine rebounds for Blair County.
In the girls game, Portage girls basketball coach Lance Hudak and Tyrone girls coach Luke Rhoades both coached a pair of their star seniors for the last time Friday night at the ninth annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic at Mount Aloysius.
Hudak's Central PA squad pulled away from Rhoades' Blair County team in the second quarter and won, 96-74.
The win gave Central PA a 5-4 advantage in the series that began in 2006. Mifflin County senior Ashleigh Williams contributed to Central PA's victory with three points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 15 minutes.
Eden Bloom, the first player from United in the Classic's history, led Central PA with 15 points and scored the first six points of the game en route to winning MVP honors. Altoona's Lauren Donley, who led Blair County with 14 points, won the Blair squad's MVP.