BELLWOOD – The Juniata boys track and field team placed in only three events at Monday’s Bellwood Invitational, but Nick Gilbert can take credit for two of those.
Notching second in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 15.98 and third in the 300 hurdles, Gilbert may have gotten a glimpse of how he will fare in the upcoming District 6 Class AA meet.
“I’m very happy for Nick Gilbert who placed in the top two in the 110 hurdles and also third in the 300 hurdles because today was basically most of the teams from our district, so that gives him an idea of where he stands,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said, explaining that the top two placewinners from the District 6 meet advance to states.
Outside of Gilbert, it was the 4×400 relay team which took sixth for the boys’ last placewinning event, but the girls’ relay teams also jumped right into the fray, placing in all three relays – including a second place finish in the 4×800 with a time of 10:53.15.
“The unity and the excitement of four people working together to try to make something of themselves and their relay teams is one of the most exciting aspects of track,” Hart said, explaining how the relay teams’ strong run has added much excitement as the regular season nears its end.
In the field, Rachel Brown stood out for the Indians, notching fifth place finishes in both the long jump and the triple jump. Teammate Lexi Zimmerman also took fifth in the pole vault to round out the field events.
In addition to Brown, another two-time placewinner was Makenzi Bishop, who sprinted to fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200. Bishop was joined on the track by teammate Rylee Duck, who finished the 300 hurdles in 53.51 for fifth place.
Juniata travels to Millersburg on Thursday.
From staff reports
LOCK HAVEN – From both a team and individual perspective, Mifflin County track and field had an outstanding day when it competed at the Lock Haven Invitational on Saturday.
Most outstanding for the girls team was 4×400 meter relay time of 4:04.59, with which teammates Erika Shawver, Kezia Loht, Elisabeth Eddy and Megan Becker set a new school and county record.
Becker also had success in the 400-meter dash, placing in third with her time of 1:00.9.
Overall the girls team finished in sixth with its 37 points, with further contributions from Mikala Rearick’s fourth place finish in the shot put and what coach Scott Gantz described as a “breakout day” from freshman Kelsie Kennedy in the hurdles.
On the boys end – the Huskies ended in second place with 64 total points – Jon Colwell not only set a school and county record, but also set a meet record with his 4:22.32 in the 1600-meter.
Colwell’s teammates were also right behind him, as Ian McGinnis placed third and fourth in the 200- and 100-meter dashes respectively and in the 3200-meter run the Huskies got second, fourth and fifth place finishes from Darien Knudsen, Addison Monroe and Patrick Parker.
Other fourth place or better finishes from the boys came with Nathan Baumgardner’s fourth in the 110 hurdles, Zach Long’s fourth in the javelin, and third and fourth place finishes for the 4×100 and 4×800 relay teams.
“By far this had to be one of the best performances we have had from a team perspective. Everybody came ready to compete and the results reflected that,” Gantz said.
Mifflin County gets back in action Tuesday when it hosts Chambersburg.
Track and field
FAIRFIELD – The East Juniata boys track and field team placed third out of 13 teams, and Spencer Reinford was named the outstanding track athlete as the Tigers had a strong outing Saturday at the Fairfield Invitational.
The Tigers had placewinners across the board as Reinford won both the 100-meter and 200; David Brantley won the 110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump; Justin Murphy won the high jump; Tyler Hepner won the shot put and placed second in the javelin followed by a third place finish from teammate Adam Strawser in the javelin; Landon Sheaffer placed fifth in the 1600 and 800; and the 4×800 and 4×100 relay teams placed fourth and sixth respectively.
“We had a very good appearance. It’s the first time our boys team has placed in the top three at Fairfield,” East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said, explaining that the team started attending the meet about 33 years ago.
The girls team did not place, but had some strong individual performances, highlighted by Amber Knouse’s third place finish in the 100-meter dash and teammate Molly Scholl’s third place finish in the discus and fourth place in the shot put.
Megan Hart also placed for the Tigers with her fifth place in the 100 hurdles, and Brooke Maneval rounding things out on the field with her sixth place in the shot put.
East Juniata travels to Greenwood on Tuesday.
Pine Grove Area
PINE GROVE – As a team neither the boys nor girls teams placed for Juniata at the Pine Grove Area Invitational on Friday, but Nick Gilbert and Rachel Brown still went home smiling.
Gilbert placed second in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles, and Brown placed second in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the high jump as both athletes finished out their strong performances.
“Nick Gilbert and Rachel Brown are still staying on top as they move on to bigger rounds of competitions,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said.
Also notable for the girls was Makenzie Bishop, who took third place in the 200-meter dash.
“She just continues to get faster and faster,” Hart said of Bishop.
The girls relay teams also continued their strong season, as the Indians took third in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays and fifth in the 4×100 relay.
“Our girls relay teams are showing that they really are a strong presence,” Hart said.
For the boys, Dakota McNemar also put his sprinting to the test, placing fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Juniata next meet is today at the Bellwood Invitational.
Mifflin County 8, Central Dauphin East 6
HARRISBURG – It was tied 6-6 headed into the eighth inning Saturday when the Mifflin County baseball team took on Commonweath Division foe Central Dauphin East, but the Huskies weren’t about to take the long bus ride home with a loss.
With a Kyle Bodtorf RBI double to make take the 7-6 lead then a single from Hayden Snook to bring Bodtorf in, Miffllin County took the 8-6 win to make its record even at 6-6.
Just before Mifflin County took the lead in the eighth, it had been close in the bottom seventh when the Panthers threatened to put the game away when they score two runs and had the bases loaded with no outs.
Lucas McKay put the threat to rest, however, getting a force out at home on a fielder’s choice play, then forcing the Panthers into a 6-2-3 double play for the last two outs.
But it wasn’t just the extra-innings heroics which were important in the win.
“We started off pretty strong there in the first inning,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said, explaining that the team had three runs off three hits in the first inning.
Overall, the Huskies had 14 hits to the Panthers’ six.
Other than Bodtorf and Snook, Mifflin County offensive standouts included Jacob Larson with his triple and two RBIs and Cy Treaster, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Mifflin County hosts Chambersburg today.
Juniata 10, West Perry 6
MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata softball team took the lead against non-league opponent West Perry on Saturday and never looked back in its 10-6 win.
Juniata’s biggest inning offensively was in the fifth, when the Indians put up five runs to make the score 10-1. West Perry then put together five in the sixth and seventh, but the Indians held off the threat.
Kristen Pray had four hits with 2 RBIs while teammate Micheh Horning brought in three runs in her two-hit outing.
Brinley Irving took the win for Juniata, striking out three in her seven innings of work.
Juniata (5-6, 4-4) travels to East Juniata on Tuesday.
Mount Union 16, Southern Huntingdon 3. Darian Dixon took the win with five strikeouts. Cheyenne Fye went 2-for-2, Ryleah Woodward went 2-for-3 and Abby Varner also went 2-for-3.
Mount Union 14, Spring Cove 1. Sarah Gearhart had nine strikeouts in the win.
From staff reports
HOLLIDAYSBURG – Mount Union’s baseball squad notched two runs in the second inning but it wasn’t enough Friday at Hollidaysburg as the Golden Tigers took advantage of timely walks and errors and beat the Trojans 3-2.
Cole Boozel tossed six innings of two-hit ball and struck out five hitters. The power pitcher struggled with his command at times and distributed five free passes which opened the door for Hollidaysburg to pounce. All three of Hollidaysburg’s runs were unearned, stretching Boozel’s streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 26 and one-third. Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli noted that games like these are vital to his team’s future success.
“These are the kind of games – if you expect to do anything in the playoffs you have to win,” he said.
After the Golden Tigers plated three in the fifth, Mount Union had a chance to retake the lead and take the game – but a strikeout looking with bases loaded extinguished the Trojan threat.
Trevon Walker went deep for Mount Union in the second, plating the visitors’ only runs of the game.
Mount Union (10-3) hosts Central Cambria Monday.
Upper Dauphin 6,
East Juniata 5
COCOLAMUS – Early mistakes proved costly for East Juniata baseball Friday as Upper Dauphin was able to take full advantage of seven walks and three erros and beat the Tigers 6-5.
The first three did not go as planned for the Tigers as the team allowed four runs due to timely walks and errors but starting pitcher Nick Lorenz settled in and stabilized the group, giving his team an opportunity to win.
“(Nick) really settled down and pitched a fabulous game,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said, adding that Upper Dauphin’s pitcher threw a solid game as well. “You can’t take anything away from him.”
Jesse Watts blasted a double for the Tigers and Lorenz had two hits on the day. Nick Stahr, Lorenz, Ryan Stuck and Jeremy Pannebaker all picked up an RBI in the loss.
East Juniata (8-2, 6-2) travels to Juniata Tuesday.
Mount Union 3, West Branch 1 (8 innings)
MORRISDALE – Eight strong innings from the circle and some late-game magic Friday propelled the Mount Union softball team to a 3-1 victory in eight innings over Inter-County Conference foe West Branch.
The usual suspects were at it again for the Trojans as Marissa Aurand kept the Warriors hitless until the fourth inning, tossing six strikeouts while only distributing two free passes. Aurand’s defense supported her effort, committing zero errors in the extra-inning win.
“(Aurand) really pitched well,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “I can’t say enough about how well she pitched.”
Chapin Guiliante paced the Trojans on offense, collecting two hits and scoring two key runs. Fiscus said Guiliante came through for his squad in a big way.
“(She) really hit in the clutch for us tonight,” he said. “I’m really proud of the way she has come on for us.”
Mount Union (11-2, 10-2) travels to Glendale Tuesday.
Millersbug 13, Greenwood 3 (5 innings)
MILLERSBURG – Greenwood gave out 10 free passes to Millersburg hitters Friday and the Wildcats fell to the Indians to the Tri-Valley League foe in five innings by a score of 13-3.
Millersburg took advantage of the free baserunners by collecting 10 hits to the Wildcats’ three and jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning.
“They’re a good hitting team,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “You’re not going to get away with giving them free passes.”
Greenwood managed just one extra base hit, a double by Brooke Louden. The Indians smashed four triples and took control of the contest. Greenwood battled in the third and fourth but the three runs fell short.
Greenwood (3-5) hosts Upper Dauphin Tuesday.
District 6 Class AAA Singles Championships
ALTOONA – It was tough sledding for two Mifflin County tennis players Friday as the Huskies’ top two singles participants lost in the quarterfinals of the District 6 Class AAA Singles Championships.
Matt DeBenedetto had a solid performance in the round of 16 and beat Central Mountain’s Daniel Hendricks in straight sets 6-2 and 6-4. DeBenedetto moved on to the quarterfinals where he faced Hollidaysburg’s Amir Alkhafaji. Alkhafaji shtu down the Huskies’ No. 2 in straight sets 6-1 and 6-3.
Conner Saltzer started and ended his day in the quarterfinals as he faced a tough Ryan Good from Altoona. Good kept the pedal to the metal in the first set and took the opener 6-1. Saltzer was able to scratch out three games in the second set but Good was too strong, taking it 6-3.
Juniata 4, Huntingdon 3
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata notched its eighth win of the season Friday, using three singles victories and one doubles triumph to top Huntingdon 4-3.
Isaac Eck set the tone for the Indians by squashing his opponent’s hopes for a win and taking the match in straight sets without surrendering a game. Logan Aurand followed suit and won his match by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Luis Pacheco dropped the first set of his match but rallied to notch the team’s third point by winning the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-0, respectively.
Eck and Aurand teamed up and dominated the team’s first doubles match giving the Indians the decisive fourth point needed to win the match. Juniata coach Alan Musselman said he was surprised his squad lost some of the matches and submitted that the victory was solid.
“I was kind of surprised,” Musselman said. “It was a good win though and we play them once again next week.”
Singles No. 1 Isaac Eck will participate in the District 4 championship tournament today.
Musselman and the Indians (8-2) host Carson Long Monday.
Mount Union 22, West Branch 8 (5 innings)
Alexis Secrest, Diana Roher and Sarah Gearhart were all 2-for-2. Ryleah Woodward, Mickenzey Goodrich, Abby Varner and Gearhart had doubles. Varner earned the victory from the circle. Mount Union (11-1) will host Southern Huntingdon today at 10 a.m.
From staff reports
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata was already cruising when the first pitch came over the plate Thursday – the Tigers were up 6-0 on Millersburg when their Tri-Valley League baseball game, suspended a day earlier, resumed.
It kept going in the same direction. The home club put five more runs across the plate, ending with an 11-1 victory in six innings.
“It’s really nice to be able to start ahead 6-0,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. That, and thanks to the break point – the middle of the fourth – “We had the first at bat tonight.”
Despite all the scoring, only one extra-base hit was recorded in the game, a Cole Snyder double. Nick Lorenz hit 3-for-3 and drove in three runs.
The Tigers succeeded on the base paths, Brubaker said.
“That’s the fortunate thing about getting ahead,” he said. “You can take a litlte bit of the chances that you normally wouldn’t take in a tight game. We made them make plays.”
East Juniata (8-1, 6-1) hosts Upper Dauphin today.
District 6 tournament
ALTOONA – Isaac Eck will play for the District 6 Class AA singles title for the second year in a row after he eliminated three opponents in straight sets Thursday at Altoona’s Leopold Complex.
Teammate Logan Aurand saw his singles tournament end in the quarterfinals to the hand of Westmont-Hilltop’s Jeremy Bernheimer – the opponent Eck will face in the final Saturday, which is back in Altoona with a 10 a.m. start.
Aurand’s loss to the Hilltoppers’ No. 1 was a heartbreaker, going about as far as a match can – the two split the first two sets, each winning 7-5, then Bernheimer ended it with a 6-1 set in the third.
“It was very close. It was a very long match,” Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. “This is a lot further than he went last year and he played a great day.”
Aurand, a senior, still has a shot at returning to states in doubles, which he and Eck accomplished a year ago.
Eck, a sophomore making his second finals appearance against a top-ranked player from the Johnstown-area school, has to be prepared to play the best, Musselman said.
“He knows there’s going to be very, very stiff competition,” the coach said. “As I see it there’s less of a difference between their 1 and 2 than our 1 and 2.”
As a team, the Indians are on their home court today against Huntingdon.
Track and field
Boys: Juniata 85, Millersburg 65
Girls: Millersburg 102, Juniata 47
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata’s boys picked up a win in a close Tri-Valley League track and field meet against Millersburg Thursday.
The girls found out why the visitors are the favorite to win the league.
Juniata’s boys had multiple wins from three individuals and swept two events on the way to an 85-65 win. The girls struggled, winning only six times in 18 events as the Indians won 102-47.
For the boys, Nick Gilbert (hurdles), Tyler Hershey (high jump and triple jump) and Nick Bodley (discus and javelin) were the two-time winners. Gilbert also helped the Indians sweep the discus – they also took all three places in the javelin – and Hershey added a second in the long jump.
“The 4×400 and the high jumpers at the end knew they had to produce big points,” Juniata coach Kim Jart said – and they did with a win and a sweep. “You can’t ask for anything better than that.”
In the girls meet, Rachel Brown delivered her usual 15 points by winning all three jumps. Makenzie Bishop also was a multiple-event winner, crossing the line first in both sprints.
“She really brought her 200 time down,” Hart said of Bishop. “She’s really coming into her own, too.”
The Indians head to the Pine Grove Invitational today.
Boys: East Juniata 102, Upper Dauphin 47
Girls: Upper Dauphin 88, East Juniata 62
ELIZABETHVILLE – A trio of multiple-event winners and a pair of sweeps helped propel East Juniata past Upper Dauphin, 102-47, in their boys track and field meet Thursday, while the Tiger girls fell to their Tri-Valley League counterparts, 88-62.
The win by the boys sets up Tuesday’s showdown at Greenwood to determine whether the Tigers will capture the league crown for the first time in more than 30 years.
“Our guys had a good night tonight. I don’t think we’re able to cruise yet,” East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said. “Going to Greenwood on the second meeting is a tough place to go.”
David Brantley (hurdles), Spencer Reinford (sprints) and Tyler Hepner (throws) all delivered big points for the team. Brantley also won the long jump, one of the events the Tigers swept. They also took three spots in the 800.
Brooke Maneval, Megan Hart and Molly Scholl each scored 10 for the girls, mostly in the field. Ritzman was especially pleased with Maneval’s shot put win.
“That’s a ‘Hey I’m going to district now’ throw,” he said of the 31 foot, 1/2 inch effort. “The girls showed up. We got beat by a better team.”
Hurdler Melvin Smith also punched his ticket for the district meet, Ritzman said.
East Juniata (Boys: 13-1, 6-0; Girls: 8-5, 1-5) travel to the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.
Boys: Fannett-Metal 76, Mount Union 73
Girls: Mount Union 81, Fannett-Metal 69
MOUNT UNION – Two close meets, one each way in Mount Union Thursday as the boys fell in a close shave to Fannett-Metal, while the girls won their non-league track event.
“The girls won the second meet in a row – a win streak there,” Trojan coach Bob Wydock exclaimed.
For the boys, he said, the loss of a pole vaulter and a distance runner to illness brought about the loss.
Alana Saulen won both sprints in the girls meet and Tynita White returned to action to lead a sweep in the shot put. The Trojans won the 4×800-meter relay, and Liz Stewart the 1,600.
For the boys, Zach Knable took both hurdles races. Austin Low won the pole vault and McKenon Burns the shot. The 4×100 relay came across first, too.
“I was just pleased with the effort of both boys and girls teams today,” Wydock said. “They gave it their all.”
Mount Union 15, Juniata Valley 0 (5 innings)
ALEXANDRIA – Six different Mount Union players doubled and pitcher Liza Feagley added a home run to her two-bagger as the Trojans romped over Juniata Valley, 15-0, in a five-inning Inter-County Conference softball game Thursday.
“We played well tonight,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Feagley, he said, was finally ready for the circle coming off an injury and performed well. Plus, he said, the top of the batting lineup has been a steady force.
“(Kristen) Miles continues to hit well out of the No. 1 spot,” he said. “She really sets the table for us.”
Mount Union (10-2, 9-2) travels to West Branch Friday.
Mount Union 11, Juniata Valley 1 (6 innings)
ALEXANDRIA – Mount Union brought the bats to Juniata Valley, and the Hornets let the Trojans use them.
A four-run first opened a lead that just got bigger for Mount Union, which won the Inter-County Conference baseball outing in six innings, 11-1.
Cole Boozel had a double and a triple, Cory Kylor homered and drove in thre runs as the Trojans recorded 14 hits in the contest.
“This was one of our best days offensively,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “We had only scored three runs in the prior 12 innings. It was nice to see us come out and attack the ball.”
He also spoke well of Klayton Heffner’s win on the mound.
“Heffner did his usual excellent job pitching,” he said. “(He had) good command of his fastball especially.”
Mount Union (10-2, 9-2) travels to Hollidaysburg today.
From staff reports
MECHANICSBURG – Mifflin County’s starting pitcher Seth Wagner threw seven strikeouts and allowed just two of Cumberland Valley’s four hits in Wednesday’s Commonwealth Division baseball game, but the Eagles’ pitcher Hunter Schryver was just as dominant as Cumberland Valley took the 2-1 win.
It was knotted up at 1-1 headed into the bottom of the seventh, but the Eagles’ Jordan Frazier reached on a double, was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt then teammate Matt Davis brought him home with a hard linedrive to left center for the walkoff RBI.
The Mifflin County batters were held to just one hit, as Schryver threw 11 Ks in his seven innings of work.
Wagner handed out seven walks in addition to his seven strikeouts, but otherwise was strong from the mound.
“It was a well pitched game by (Wagner) and I wish we could have gotten a win tonight,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said.
Mifflin County (5-6) travels to Central Dauphin East on Saturday.
Upper Dauphin 15, Juniata 0 (4 innings)
ELIZABETHVILLE – For a team which has been plagued by injuries lately, things didn’t get any better for Juniata on Wednesday, when in the first inning both the pitcher and catcher came out of the game on injuries in the Indians’ 15-0 loss to Upper Dauphin.
The Tri-Valley League game was ended in four innings due to the 10-run rule, but even in that amount of time Juniata needed to go scrambling to fill spots after the first-inning injuries.
“We have got to be the most injured team in the TVL right now,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
One of these necessary moves was to take Chase Rupert from second base and put him on the mound for starting pitcher Jon Ruble.
Rupert only had a little bit of pitching experience at the JV level last season, but he was able to help out the Indians.
“We had to get an inning or two out of Chase Rupert and he isn’t one of our pitchers, but he did a good job,” Beward said.
Juniata (2-11, 2-8) will host Upper Dauphin on Monday. This game was originally supposed to be the Indians’ season opener, but had been postponed due to bad weather.
East Juniata 6, Millersburg 0 (suspended)
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata was cruising Wednesday when Mother Nature hit the brakes.
The Tigers are carrying a 6-0 lead over Millersburg in their Tri-Valley League baseball game, which was suspended in the middle of the third and will resume today at 4:30 p.m.
East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said his team had a few singles but was helped along by Millersburg mistakes.
Midd-West 5, Lewisburg 3
LEWISBURG – Three Alex Hackenberg RBIs and another strong pitching performance by Austin Hockenbroch were just enough to propel Midd-West to its second-straight victory, edging Heartland Conference foe Lewisburg, 5-3.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 lead and didn’t look back. The team plated two more runs in the fourth and an insurance run in the top of the fifth. The Green Dragons launched a comeback in the last of the fifth by scoring three runs but the Mustangs stymied the attack to notch the win.
Midd-West (6-5, 3-5) hosts Danville Monday.
Line Mountain 4, Greenwood 3
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood’s softball game was declared official Wednesday. The Wildcats just wish it had been a little longer.
Line Mountain won the Tri-Valley League contest, which ended after six innings due to weather, 4-3. The game almost got seven innings in, Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
“We actually started it, but didn’t get finished with it,” he said.
The Eagles scored the first two runs, which Greenwood matched in the fourth, but the visitors posted a 2-1 advantage in the fifth.
“They were able to string a couple hits in there in the inning,” Gantt said, and his team committed its only error.
Katie Osborne led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Greenwood (3-4, 3-4) travels to Millersburg Friday.
Selinsgrove 5, Midd-West 0 (suspended)
MIDDLEBURG – The rain may have come at an opportune time for Midd-West – as the home team, the Mustangs have to be in the lead or finish batting after the fourth for a game to be official.
Instead, their Heartland Conference softball game against Selinsgrove is on hold in the bottom of the fifth with the Seals up 5-0.
Midd-West had the bases loaded in the fourth but Selinsgrove escaped. The Mustangs have two on with one out and Adrianne Gesselman at bat when the game resumes.
Midd-West hosts Mifflinburg Tuesday.
Millersburg 12, East Juniata 0 (suspended)
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata’s Tri-Valley League softball game against Millersburg was suspended in the bottom of the fourth Wednesday due to bad weather.
When the game was suspended, East Juniata trailed 12-0 with one out, Sam Lash was on second and Courtney Keatts was at bat.
Ashlyn Erhard was pitching for the Tigers.
The remainder of the game will be concluded today at 4:30 p.m. in Cocolamus.
Upper Dauphin 3, Juniata 0 (suspended)
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata trailed Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin 3-0 on the softball diamond before the game was suspended in the top of the fifth Wednesday due to bad weather.
Brinley Irvin was pitching for the Indians and Upper Dauphin had one runner on first with one out when the game was suspended.
A makeup date for the game has not yet been scheduled. Juniata’s next scheduled game is Saturday at home against West Perry.
MIFFLINTOWN – The first name that usually comes to mind with Juniata tennis is No. 1 singles man Isaac Eck. And, while Eck certainly contributed to Juniata’s 4-3 non-league win over Central Mountain Tuesday, coach Alan Musselman identified the real hero of the day as Brad Lipka.
“Really the highlight was Brad Lipka’s performance,” Musselman said. “He came from behind having lost the first set (against Zack High) 6-0, and came back to with the final two, 6-4, 6-2.”
Lipka wasn’t just successful in his singles match, though. In the final match of the evening, Lipka joined up with Logan Aurand to defeat doubles team Brody White and Daniel Hendricks 8-6 for the 4-3 Juniata win.
“Brad and Logan pulling out the No. 2 doubles was really great tonight,” Musselman said.
Other Juniata wins included Eck against Tom Rodebaugh and Eck and Luis Pacheco against Rodebaugh and Nick Atgate.
Juniata (8-2) hosts Huntingdon on Friday.
Altoona 4, Mifflin County 1
ALTOONA – The Huskies tennis squad needed a victory at Altoona Tuesday to clinch a spot in the District 6 playoffs but four losses spelled the end for the team as Mifflin County fell, 4-1.
Matt DeBenedetto continued to be the steady force for the Huskies as he captured the lone win for the singles participants, beating Ryan Good in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Despite having the opportunity to win each of the doubles matches, the Huskies were unable to take advantage. Cody Donaldson and Ben Renninger took the first set but dropped the next two to lose the match. Ben Hugendubler and Will Fox also took the first set of their match then fell in each of the next two sets.
Mifflin County finishes its season with a record of 8-9.
Lancaster Country Day 10, Juniata 7
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata’s five-run lead evaporated in the late innings as Lancaster Country Day won a 10-7 Tri-Valley League baseball game against the Indians Tuesday.
The home club had plenty to cheer about early – Chad Eberle tripled and Ty Treaster not only hit a double but drove in four runs.
But seven walks distributed across two of four Indians hurlers and a trio of errors made the difference in the end.
“We just shut down. We left runners on base,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said. “We committed the errors when we absolutely could not.”
Juniata (2-10, 2-7) travels to Upper Dauphin today.
Midd-West 5, Mifflinburg 3
MIDDLEBURG – It was a pitchers’ duel when Midd-West’s Colton Keister took on Mifflinburg’s Oakley Whitesel for Tuesday’s Heartland Conference baseball game.
Fortunately for Keister, with a 3-1 deficit headed into the bottom of the sixth, the Mustang batters came through with the last four runs of the game to be scored, making it 5-3.
It took a couple walks and RBIs from Aaron Sharp, Colton Snook and Ryan Combs for the the Mustangs to put up their four runs.
“Both pitchers threw super games and both defenses were super behind them. It was just one of those things that we got the break and took advantage of it,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said.
Whitesel threw seven strikeouts and allowed eight hits in seven innings of work, while Keister notched three Ks and allowed the same number of hits in seven.
Midd-West (5-5, 2-5) travels to Lewisburg today.
Claysburg-Kimmel 8, Mount Union 3
CLAYSBURG – A listless Mount Union offense combined with Claysburg-Kimmel’s 13-hit evening spelled out disaster for the Trojans on Tuesday, as they fell to the Inter-County Conference opponent 8-3.
“We just got completely outplayed. They outplayed us on defense, and they outpitched us,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said.
The Bulldogs’ Trey Claar pitched all seven innings for the win, striking out seven in the process as he held Mount Union’s first five batter’s in the lineup to 1-for-16.
Mount Union (9-2, 8-2) travels to Juniata Valley on Thursday.
Jersey Shore 17,
Midd-West 0 (5 innings)
MIDDLEBURG – Jersey Shore didn’t get a lot of extra base hits, nor have a bevy of multiple hitters. But the Bulldogs hit – and circled the bases often.
The end result? A 17-0 win over Midd-West in their Heartland Conference softball game Tuesday.
“We had errors and gave them six bases on balls,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss lamented. “They hit everything – inside, outside, changeups. They were a really good hitting team.”
Midd-West (1-10) hosts Selinsgrove Wednesday.
Claysburg-Kimmel 6, Mount Union 5
CLAYSBURG – The last time Inter-County Conference opponents Mount Union and Claysburg-Kimmel took to the softball diamond, a Katie Smith walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Trojans the win.
Tuesday, the Bulldogs reversed the outcome when RBIs from Hannah Klaycomb and Courtlan Holland put Claysburg-Kimmel up from a one-run deficit for the 6-5 win.
Other than the score, the two teams’ batting statistics were almost identical, as each had 12 hits and one home run apiece from Mount Union’s Liza Feagley and the Bulldogs’ Holland kept both teams scoring.
“These kinds of games make you better, and hopefully they will help us out for the playoffs,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Mount Union (9-2) travels to Juniata Valley on Thursday.
Track and field
Boys: State College 81, Mifflin County 68
Girls: State College 126, Mifflin County 24
STATE COLLEGE – Event-wise, Mifflin County’s outing to State College was all even, at least on the boys side. The girls had no fun at all.
The Huskies won nine events, but just let too many seconds and thirds go to the Little Lions, winners in the boys meet by an 81-68 score. The girls struggled against a talented State High team as the Little Lions won their Mid-Penn Conference dual, 126-24.
Mifflin County’s Makala Rearick won the shot put. Erika Shawver won the 300-meter hurdles. It was all State College after that, as the Little Lions swept six events plus the three relays – nearly enough points to win the meet right there.
In the boys meet, State College swept two events, the 400 and the discus; Mifflin County took three spots in the javelin. Overall, though, the field events were a trouble spot for the Huskies.
“We held our own on the track. Our downfall on the boys side today was definitely in the throws and the jumps,” Gantz said. “With what we have there’s no way we were going to make that deficit up.”
Mifflin County (Boys: 2-4; Girls 3-3) travels to Lock Haven University for that school’s second invitational meet Saturday.
Boys: Juniata 107.5, Upper Dauphin 47.5
Girls: Upper Dauphin 81, Juniata 69
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata’s track and field teams got stellar performances from athletes on the girls and boys sides Tuesday but the girls dropped their meet to Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin 81-69 while the boys smashed the Trojans, 107.5-47.5.
Battling injuries on both teams, Juniata persevered and prevailed in many events. For the boys, Nick Gilbert had a solid day, winning both hurdle events and the high jump. Gilbert also took second place in the long jump.
“(Gilbert) is competing partially injured,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said. “He is just a super competitor who hates to lose.”
Gilbert notched his best time in the 100-meter hurdle victory and tallied his best mark in the high jump win.
Other top performers included Patrick Fitzgerald who launched an impressive 40-feet and 2-inches in the shot put. Will Manbeck was also victorious running the 200 for the first time all season. Juniata’s boys also swept the three relay races.
The girls squad battled to within 12 but the Trojans were too strong. Like the boys, Juniata’s girls have also had to battle some injuries. Hart said her team has had to make some adjustments – some worked out and some did not.
Hart noted the success of the girls’ 4×400 team.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls – Megan Yeager, Lauren Lock, Makenzie Bishop and Janelle Swartz,” she said. “They are four very strong leaders on our team and at the time they ran it, I thought it would help us win the meet – it didn’t work out that way.”
The relay team smashed its personal best time by seven seconds – on a cinder track – and Hart is optimistic about the possibilities on a synthetic track. The girls also swept the three relay races.
Rachel Brown continued her success in the field, outjumping the competition in the high, long and triple jumps. Christen Baublitz also notched a first place finish as she out ran the competition in the mile.
Juniata boys (2-4) and girls (2-4) host Millersburg Thursday.
Boys: Mount Union 81, Juniata Valley 69;
Southern Huntingdon 118, Mount Union 32
Girls: Juniata Valley 90, Mount Union 60;
Mount Union 86.5,
Southern Huntingdon 63.5
MOUNT UNION – It’s been a struggle for Mount Union in track this season, but the Trojans will not go through the season without a win.
The boys and girls each captured their first victory of the season Tuesday in a tri-meet with Juniata Valley and Southern Huntingdon.
Leading the way clearly for the girls was Katrina Hammon, a four-event winner with firsts in the 100-meter hurdles and all three jumps.
“(Hammon) was able to go out and take four first-place finishes. She was able to help pull out a win for us,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said.
Alana Saulen also won a pair, taking the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Aaliyah Gilbert-Walter took two throws – shot put and discus – and was on the winning 4×100 relay team. Tesla Seilhamer was a crossover for two relay wins; the Trojans also won the girls 4×400.
The boys meet was more spread out as far as scoring. Jimmy Nicastro had the only multiple wins as an individual. Hunter Corbin and Ryan McKay each won a race and were part of the winning 4×800 relay.
“Nicastro came through for us today. We had some guys who actually did a nice job with personal bests,” he said, citing javelin winner Alex Varner as an example.
The Trojans host Fannett-Metal Thursday.
Boys: Greenwood 98, Millersburg 52
Girls: Millersburg 90, Greenwood 60
MILLERSBURG – Tom Magill wanted to get back the lone loss his girls track team had, against Millersburg, when Greenwood traveled across the Susquehanna River Tuesday.
Millersburg was not so accommodating – the Indians put up a strong effort in first- and second-place finishes on the way to a 90-60 victory in the Tri-Valley League meet. Greenwood’s boys, on the other hand, cruised to a 98-52 win, setting up a showdown for the league title when they host East Juniata next week.
Propelled by a trio of sweeps, the boys were never in danger.
“The boys had a nice win. It was actually a bigger win than we had here at home. It gives us the chance to tie EJ when we meet them next Tuesday,” Magill said. “We need to get healthy in a hurry on the boys side and then have a couple things go our way.”
Greenwood gets to rest a week – the East Juniata meet, at Greenwood, is the next line on the Wildcats’ schedule.
Mount Union 15, Claysburg Kimmel 6: Sis Knable was 3-4 with a home run and a triple. Cheyenne Fye was 3-5. Kaitlyn Stinson and Mickenzey Goodrich had doubles. Mount Union (10-1) travels to West Branch Friday.
From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN – Seventeen total hits and three combined home runs yielded twelve runs between Greenwood and Juniata Monday, but the Indians found themselves on the wrong end of the equation as Greenwood took the Tri-Valley League contest, 7-5.
The visiting Wildcats got a solid performance from Chelsea Hicks as she hurled five strikeouts while only walking one batter on the day. Hicks also had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run.
“The bats came alive here today,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “It was nice to see that the girls came in with some confidence at the plate.”
Brittany Fleisher was a thorn in the Indians’ side all afternoon, collecting three hits and crushing a home run of her own.
Juniata’s Kristen Pray also went deep for her team and had a nice day at the plate with two hits. The Indians’ pitcher Brinley Irvin added two hits and pitched well from the circle, striking out seven Wildcats while handing out only two free passes. Megan Shoop chipped in a hit of her own as well. Juniata coach Brian Sheaffer said the loss is disappointing due to the team’s solid play in the previous week – he also spoke to the unpredictable nature of Tri-Valley League softball.
“I thought we came out flat and didn’t play to our ability,” he said. “That seems to be the Tri-Valley this year – anybody can beat anybody.”
Greenwood persevered through three errors which Gantt said were not costly due to his team’s ability to bounce back and hit when they needed to.
The loss drops Juniata to 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the TVL while Greenwood evens its record at 3-3. Greenwood returns home Wednesday to take on Line Mountain and Juniata hosts Upper Dauphin.
Midd-West 21, Lewisburg 6 (three innings)
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West got its first victory of the 2013 campaign in a big way Monday – trouncing Heartland Conference foe, Lewisburg 21-3 in three innings.
Adrianne Gesselman paced the Mustangs from the circle and the plate, striking out three while walking three. She blasted a two-run double and collected a third RBI later in the game.
Midd-West also got assistance from Lewisburg’s pitcher; she walked 14 Mustangs.
Midd-West coach Pete Voss said that Gesselman was around the plate and that Lewisburg had difficulty making solid contact throughout the day.
Summer Brown also plated a run for the Mustangs en route to the 18-run victory.
Midd-West (1-9) will host Jersey Shore today.
Mount Union 10, Huntingdon 0 (six innings)
MOUNT UNION – Marissa Aurand has been a steady presence from the circle all season long for Mount Union softball, and Monday’s game against Huntingdon was no different as Aurand struck out three and held Huntingdon to just two hits in the 10-0 victory.
Shortened to six innings because of the 10-run rule, the non-league contest was highlighted not only by Aurand’s dominating performance, but by the Trojan defense behind her.
Early in the game Lauren Shugarts made a beautiful catch in the outfield to rob what would have been a Huntingdon double, and that set the tone for Mount Union’s defense, including several plays from Aurand.
“She’s really doing a good job filling her position tonight. There were some right up the middle that she made some plays on,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
On the offense, the Trojans scored 10 runs on 11 hits, highlighted by strong outings from Liza Feagley and Brittany Brumbaugh.
Feagley went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Brumbaugh worked with Feagley early in the game to break open Mount Union’s offense en route to her 2-for-4 evening with two RBIs.
Mount Union (9-1, 7-1) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel today.
East Juniata 7, Bible Baptist 3
SHIREMANSTOWN – The East Juniata baseball team put up runs in the third and the seventh, and that was all the Tigers needed to drop non-league opponent Bible Baptist 7-3 on Monday.
Bailey Coder took the mound for the Tigers, and coach Tim Brubaker said his and Bible Baptist’s pitching was the story of the game.
“They started out hitting the ball pretty well off of Bailey, but he settled down after the first inning and shut the door on them. He only gave up one hit after the second inning,” Brubaker said, explaining that after Bible Baptist combined for three runs in the first and second innings, it was all East Juniata on the offense.
East Juniata scored the majority of its runs in the top of the third when three walks and a string of base hits allowed the Tigers to plate five of their seven total runs. Jesse Watts had two RBIs for East Juniata while teammates Cole Snyder and Daulton Rowe contributed one apiece.
East Juniata (7-1, 5-1) hosts Millersburg on Wednesday.
Milton 5, Midd-West 3
BEAVER SPRINGS – Midd-West got a stellar performance from starting pitcher Austin Hockenbrock Monday but a lack of timely hitting and a shutdown inning proved to be the difference in a 5-3 Milton victory.
Hockenbrock fanned 11 hitters and had a solid day at the plate with two RBI in the Heartland Conference contest.
“We got an excellent performance by Hockenbrock,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “We just didn’t hit again when we had opportunities.”
Flood’s squad put the ball in play often, but right at players – it was just that kind of night.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth, the Mustangs came out and gave the lead right back in the top of the fifth. The Milton rally was ignited by walks and sparked by timely hits. Milton shut the Mustangs down in the home half of the fifth and then tacked on two decisive runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead.
Midd-West (4-5, 1-5) travels to Mifflinburg today.
Juniata 14, Greenwood 12
MILLERSTOWN – Juniata was sitting on a comfortable 12-3 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth against Tri-Valley League opponent Greenwood Monday evening, but the Wildcats gave it a big effort in the sixth to have the score tied at 12-12 before the eventual conclusion of 14-12 in the Indians’ favor.
Many of Greenwood’s runs in the bottom of the sixth were scored off Juniata errors – the Indians totaled four in the inning.
Juniata coach Nick Beward said his team just couldn’t seem to get that last out in the bottom of the sixth, allowing Greenwood to mount a major comeback effort, but the Indians were able to get clutch hits in the top of the seventh to seal the win at 14-12.
Brady Stover took the loss for Greenwood, but Greenwood coach Mark Sherman was pleased with what he saw from Stover and his other pitcher, Adam Harrison.
“They threw strikes. They were hitting their spots. There were a couple bloopers that fell in for hits, but we were throwing more strikes than balls and giving ourselves a chance,” he said.
A slew of athletes had a strong night from the plate, including Juniata’s Austin Berry with his home run and double and Greenwood’s Noah Wright who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Juniata (2-5) hosts Lancaster Country Day today. Greenwood (0-10, 0-8) gets back in action Wednesday when it travels to Line Mountain.
Hershey 4, Mifflin County 1
HERSHEY – Mifflin County came away with only one victory on the road Monday and Hershey took advantage, beating the Huskies, 4-1.
The team’s No. 1 Conner Saltzer came out swinging as he took the first set over opponent Elbert Metz but was unable to land the second set. Metz took control in the third and final set and took the match 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2.
The Huskies’ lone singles winner, Matt DeBenedetto, slid past his counterpart to notch the team’s lone match point of the day. DeBenedetto beat Ben Wagner in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4.
The team’s No. 3 player fell in straight sets, as did the two doubles duos.
Mifflin County (8-8) travels to Altoona today.
SHIPPENSBURG – Highlighted by first place finishes in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles by East Juniata’s David Brantley, local athletes from both East Juniata and Greenwood were high placewinners in Saturday’s Jack Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University.
Tied for 10th in team scoring with Boiling Springs, the East Juniata boys team placed highest in team scoring with 28, while the Greenwood girls posted 11th with their 24.3333 and the Greenwood boys landed in 17th with 18.
The Greenwood girls racked up 11 of their total team points in the relays, as Jen Campbell, Alyscia Smith, Emily Black and Hattie Kuhns finished third in the 4×400. The Wildcats also took fifth in the 4×800 and eighth in the 4×100.
On the field, Emily Fisher scored nine points for the Wildcats with her fourth place in the shot put and fifth place in discus.
Brooke Maneval was the only placewinner for the East Juniata girls at 15th in the shot put. Greenwood’s Smith had a personal best in the 800 with her time of 2:33.95.
For the East Juniata boys, Brantley’s outstanding day combined with two fifth place finishes from Tyler Hepner in the shot put and javelin contributed to the Tigers’ effort.
The Wildcats were led by Brian Auxt’s 160 foot eight inch throw in the javelin which placed him in second. Teammate Dillon Meehan followed up with a bronze in the shot put and Gabe Schroff came through with a sixth place finish in the 110 hurdles.
Although he didn’t place, Greenwood’s Hunter Miller set a personal best with his 10:48.63 in the 3200 meter run.
East Juniata and Greenwood both get back into action this week, as Greenwood travels to Millersburg Tuesday and East Juniata travels to Upper Dauphin Thursday.
LEWISTOWN – The otherwise steady trio of singles players for Mifflin County’s tennis team ran into a brick wall Thursday as Red Land swept the three matches en route to a Commonwealth Division win, 3-2.
Mifflin County’s No. 1, Connor Saltzer, snagged just one game in his match and he fell 6-1, 6-0. Matt DeBenedetto vollied with his opponent Peter Landis but the Patriot got the best of the Huskies’ No. 2 man and took the match in straight sets as well, 6-2 and 6-2. Clay Morgan looked to edge his counterpart in the third singles battle and despite winning three games in the second set, Red Land’s Mike Becior was too strong. Morgan dropped the match 6-1, 6-3.
Coach Glenn Kile adjusted his doubles teams for the match – which proved to be successful – as Cody Donaldson and Ben Renninger notched a team point with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Ben Hugendubler and Will Fox were impressive in their doubles victory, dropping only one game to Trent Kerr and Luke Sade on the way to the 6-1, 6-0 win.
The Huskies travel to Hershey Monday.
Juniata 4, Clearfield 3
CLEARFIELD – Juniata needed every win it could get on the tennis court Thursday as the Indians edged Clearfield by one match, 4-3, in non-league action.
No. 1 singles man Isaac Eck set the stage for Juniata, defeating Cory Maines 6-2, 6-0. From there, wins from Luis Pacheco, Ricky Heck and the doubles teams of Eck and Brad Strawser rounded out the rest of the Indians’ wins for the evening.
Pacheco allowed Clearfield’s Ben Panebianco just three games in the 6-3, 6-0 match. Eck and Strawser won a 10-1 pro set in doubles. Heck’s match with Vince Owens was a bit closer, ending at 6-3, 6-4.
Brad Lipka and Logan Aurand took losses for the Indians, but they each stretched their singles matches to a tiebreaker before the loss.
Juniata (6-2) travels to Huntingdon today.
Millersburg 15, Juniata 5 (6 innings)
MILLERSBURG – Juniata appeared well on its way to its second win of the season on the baseball diamond as it led Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg 5-4 after four and a half innings, but everything unraveled when Millersburg put up 10 in the bottom of the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to end the game at 15-5 in six innings.
“Things were looking great, and then their bats came alive,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
Leading the charge for Juniata’s offense was freshman Chance Swartz. In his two-hit performance, Swartz collected a double, three RBIs and one stolen base.
“You can’t ask for much more hitting wise from a freshman,” Beward said.
Juniata (1-8) travels to West Perry today.
East Juniata 13, Line Mountain 3 (6 innings)
MANDATA – Nick Lorenz struck out 13 to take a win on the mound and hit a three-run homer to help push East Juniata’s offense as the Tigers slammed Line Mountain, 13-3, in a six-inning Tri-Valley League baseball game Thursday.
“We did hit the ball pretty well,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. And along with seven free passes issued by the Eagle pitching staff, “We were able to plate them.”
The Tigers had a 7-3 edge going into the fifth, scored five more there and made it a 10-run rule game in the sixth.
“They had some good hitters, good sticks,” Brubaker said. “(Lorenz) had to move the ball around. With 13 strikeouts he was able to keep them on their toes.”
Jesse Watts also homered for the Tigers, and Jeremy Pannebaker had a double.
East Juniata (6-1, 5-1) travels to Bible Baptist Monday.
Mount Union 6, Williamsburg 0
WILLIAMSBURG – The Mount Union baseball team kept rolling Thursday as the squad shut out Williamsburg for its eighth Inter-County Conference North division victory.
Cole Boozel got the win as he tossed 13 strikeouts and only allowed two hits. Boozel made the most of his 101 pitches – allowing just two hits while walking three Blue Pirates.
“Cole was outstanding,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “He had an excellent fastball and a very effective curveball and changeup – he really had good stuff.”
The Trojans built a two-run lead in the first and plated four more runs in the second. Brady Goodling knocked in four of the team’s runs while going 2-4 on the day. Boomer Brown and Cory Kyler also had an RBI apiece.
“Both teams played solid baseball,” Imperioli said. “It was a good win for us.”
Mount Union (9-1, 8-1) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel Tuesday.
Mifflin County 6, State College 2 (9 innings)
STATE COLLEGE – Headed into the top of the ninth Mifflin County and State College were knotted up at 2-2 in Thursday’s Commonwealth Division softball game.
Mifflin County’s Taylor Boyer decided it was time to go home.
After teammates Allessa Morrison and Jordan Myers reached on walks and Mara Rhodes singled, Boyer cleared the bases with a triple to deep left center. Macie Lucas then brought Boyer home to end the game at 6-2.
Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said at first he was afraid State College would catch Boyer’s hit, but it just kept flying.
“She got all of it, and they just couldn’t catch up to it,” he said.
Boyer was the hero, but she couldn’t have done it without teammate Shelby Lyter, who threw 10 stikeouts in her nine innings of work.
“She was just really hitting her spots in the ninth inning,” McCurdy said, explaining that after her team took the lead in the top of the inning, she finished strong to bring home the win.
With the exception of a makeup game against Central Dauphin, Mifflin County (6-1, 6-1) has completed its first cycle of Commonwealth Division play, and will start the second cycle today at Red Land.
Juniata 11, Millersburg 1
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata got six strikeouts from Brinley Irvin and four RBIs from Kristen Pray Thursday to notch a Tri-Valley League win over Millersburg, 11-1 in six innings.
The Indians got things rolling in the third with three runs and never looked back. Three runs in each of the next two innings built an eight-run lead for the home team and Irvin did the rest, fanning Millersburg hitters and keeping the visiting Indians at bay.
Hali Weiand went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Megan Shoop chipped in one of her own on her 1-for-2 day at the plate.
Juniata (4-5, 4-3) hosts Greenwood Monday.
Line Mountain 3, East Juniata 1
COCOLAMUS – It was a defensive battle Thursday evening as East Juniata and Line Mountain matched up on the softball diamond, but in the end Line Mountain came out on top in the 3-1 Tri-Valley League contest.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 after Line Mountain’s three-run fifth, but in the bottom of the sixth Kiley Sheaffer laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Ashlyn Erhard from third, giving East Juniata its only run of the game.
In every other inning but the fifth and sixth, both teams were held scoreless as Erhard threw eight strikeouts and allowed four hits while Line Mountain’s Savannah Loyson kept the Tigers off balance with three strikeouts and five hits.
East Juniata travels to non-league opponent Selinsgrove on Monday.
Milton 15, Midd-West 0 (3 innings)
MILTON – Midd-West struggled at the plate and from the pitcher’s circle Thursday as Milton plated 10 first-inning runs and took the game in three innings, 15-0.
The effects of a devastating one-run loss to Heartland foe Shikellamy Tuesday seemed to plague the Mustangs as the team struggled to put the ball in play against the Panthers.
“I think the girls were still shellshocked from the loss against Shikellamy,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. “I didn’t know if we were quite there mentally.”
Voss said his pitcher made some adjustments but Milton took advantage.
The Mustangs (0-9, 0-7) will look to notch their first victory Monday at Lewisburg.
Mount Union 17, Williamsburg 8
WILLIAMSBURG – Mount Union had to battle through wet field conditions and a potent Williamsburg offense in Thursday’s Inter-County Conference softball game, but the Trojans overcame all difficulties en route to a 17-8 win over the Blue Pirates.
Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said the infield was slower, and the Blue Pirates capitalized upon this as they put up 14 hits against Mount Union pitcher Marissa Aurand.
Aurand’s team was right behind her at the plate, though, as Mount Union plated 17 runs on 19 hits, including a home run from Kristen Miles.
Miles went 5-for-6 with four RBIs, and Fiscus was very complimentary of her performance.
“I thought Miles really played a heck of a game hitting wise, and it was good to see Marissa Dimoff another senior go 2-for-4,” he said.
Mount Union (8-1, 7-1) hosts McConnellsburg today.
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood scattered just four hits and committed five errors en route to a 13-1 five-inning loss to Tri-Valley League foe Halifax Thursday.
Greenwood hurler Chelsea Hicks tossed three strikeouts and kept her team in the game through three innings but sloppy defense led to a seven-run fifth inning for Halifax that eventually ended the game.
“We didn’t look sharp all over,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “We did a decent job putting the ball in play – defensively we weren’t sharp.”
Amy Heggenstaller plated the Wildcats’ lone run of the game in the third inning but the squad gave it right back in the top of the fourth. Greenwood was unable to answer in the home-half of the fourth or fifth.
Greenwood (2-3) plays Susquenita in its first game at the PeCo tournament today in Newport.
Track and field
Boys: McConnellsburg 106, Mount Union 44; Bellwood-Antis 129, Mount Union 21
Girls: McConnellsburg 105, Mount Union 43; Bellwood-Antis 120 2/3, Mount Union 25 1/3
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union struggled to score against Bellwood-Antis and McConnellsburg in a home track and field meet Thursday.
The Trojans fell to both the league (Bellwood) and non-league opponents.
Bright spots for Mount Union were Jimmy Nicastro, who won the boys high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. The lone winner for the girls was Alana Saulen, who took the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.3 seconds.
Mount Union is in the Juniata Valley Invitational Saturday.
MILL HALL – The Mifflin County tennis team swept all seven matches from the Central Mountain Wildcats Wednesday to notch a win in District 6, 7-0.
The Huskies took advantage of a solid opportunity to jump all over the familiar foe as each match was won in straight sets.
“They’re (Central Mountain) competitive and they’re well coached,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said.
Conner Saltzer and Matt DeBenedetto continued their winning ways as the team’s top singles participants. Clay Morgan also struck the ball well in his victory.
The Huskies new-look doubles duos achieved highly as well – each winning by a score of 8-3. Saltzer teamed up wth DeBenedetto and Morgan assited Cody Donaldson in their victory.
Mifflin County (8-6) hosts Red Land today.
HARRISBURG – If this was the year the Mifflin County boys were going to be the team to beat, someone needs to remind the girls.
On their second visit to Landis Field this season, the Huskies found that Central Dauphin East was more competition than they could handle in one gender – the boys. The Panthers won that meet, 85-65.
“I think they ran up against a powerhouse,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “CD East has been really coming on lately.”
That doesn’t mean the Huskies had a totally unsuccessful day – especially not the girls. They won their meet, 79-69.
The Mifflin County boys distance corps continues to be one part of the team that can handle nearly any competition, as the Huskies swept the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, with three different winners – Patrick Parker crossed first in the 1,600, Jon Colwell was the 800 winner and Josh Aultz won the 3,200.
Central Dauphin also had three sweeps, though, and more firsts and seconds.
“We were really impressed with what their boys had,” especially in sprints and jumps, Gantz said. “For the past couple weeks that’s been one of strong points.”
The girls were led by four event sweeps and two of the three relays, with Erika Shawver leading the way in both hurdle races. But Gantz said it was the girls behind the front runners who made the real difference.
“They’re finally grasping the concept of seconds and thirds making the difference in big meets,” he said.
Mifflin County (Boys: 2-3; Girls: 3-2) will take part in the first of two invitationals at Lock Haven University Friday.
Track and field
Boys: East Juniata 85, Millersburg 56
Girls: Millersburg 95, East Juniata 46
COCOLAMUS – The East Juniata boys overran Millersburg Tuesday, 85-56, in a track and field win that sets up Thursday’s meet against Greenwood as the Tri-Valley League showdown of the season.
The boys improve to 4-0 in the TVL before hosting the unbeaten Wildcats in a dual meet that will help decide whether the Tigers can win a league title for the first time in nearly three decades. It was not just the regulars who drove the team this time, but the ancillary runners who pushed when necessary, coach Mark Ritzman said.
“We had people doing things almost behind the scenes to help us,” he said. “What we had was a lot of people picking up an extra spot.”
The girls were not as strong, falling 95-46, against an Indians’ team that already notched a win over Greenwood, the team that has of late been the gold standard in the TVL.
“Anybody who goes and takes a win away from Greenwood you have to seriously consider them. That establishes them as the No. 1 team in the league,” Ritzman said.
The girls were without Molly Scholl on the track – she was able to throw.
“It’s safe to say Molly would have gotten us a few more points,” Ritzman said.
The boys were solid as always on the track, but that wasn’t all, he said.
“Our throwers were all over it for us again. Our jumpers, we’re able to depend on,” Ritzman said. “We’re a very tough team to sweep any event against.”
East Juniata (Boys: 9-1, 4-0; Girls: 7-3, 1-3) host Greenwood Thursday.
Mount Union 14, Moshannon Valley 0 (5 innings)
MOUNT UNION – Pitching and defense took a back seat to hitting and more hitting Tuesday as Mount Union overpowered Moshannon Valley, 14-0, in an Inter-County Conference baseball game that ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The fact that the team was awake was good news to coach Nick Imperioli, who was concerned a close rivalry game the day before might leave the team in a slump even after a win.
“I was happy to see that the team was ready to play,” he said. “(They) have some good athletes. Just sometimes you gt a few runs and things snowball.”
Boomer Brown had a triple, a double and drove in three runs for the Trojans. Thad Wakefield was 3-for-3, also pushing three across the plate and getting a double. Klayton Heffner was the winning pitcher.
Mount Union (8-1, 7-1) travels to Williamsburg Thursday.
East Juniata 15, Lancaster Country Day 5 (5 innings)
COCOLAMUS – Nick Lorenz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, and teammate Jesse Watts followed with a solo shot of his own in the next at bat as East Juniata put up four of its five runs in the inning toward its 15-5 win over Lancaster Country Day on Tuesday.
“They came out, they were very patient looking for their pitches,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said of his team, which combined for 13 hits to end the Tri-Valley League matchup in five innings.
Watts also had a three-run homer earlier in the game, which Brubaker described as a “no doubt about it shot.”
Bailey Coder got the win from the mound, recording four strikeouts in the process. Teammate Dalton Rowe had two triples in his 3-for-3 day at the plate.
East Juniata travels to Line Mountain Thursday.
Halifax 10, Juniata 0 (6 innings)
HALIFAX – Halifax scored in every inning but the fifth and put together 11 hits to Juniata’s two as the Wildcats won the Tri-Valley League baseball contest 10-0 in six innings.
Juniata’s Stephen Zearfaus and Jon Ruble were the only two Indians to collect hits in the contest as Halifax pitcher Hunter Hilinski threw nine strikeouts in six innings of play.
Juniata travels to Millersburg Thursday.
Newport 20, Greenwood 10
NEWPORT – It looked like the Greenwood baseball team would notch its first victory of the season in Newport Tuesday as the team jumped out to a 6-2 lead heading to the third – but a 15-run fifth inning for the Buffaloes proved to be the difference and the Wildcats fell, 20-10.
Greenwood brought its sticks Tuesday – collecting eight hits on the afternoon and getting RBIs from six different players.
“We are starting to hit the ball,” Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said. “We’re throwing strikes and making them hit it.”
The wheels came off in the fifth, as the Buffaloes got a leadoff single then induced a Greenwood error. The error snowballed and hits and mistakes were abundant as the Buffaloes plated 15 in decisive inning. The ‘Cats committed seven errors on the day behind pitcher Adam Harrison.
“He (Harrison) threw and did his job but we have to make plays,” Sherman said.
Greenwood (0-7) travels to Halifax Thursday.
Mount Union 12, Moshannon Valley 1 (5 innings)
HOUTZDALE – Mount Union had the bases loaded in the second and left them behind. That was the last time Moshannon Valley was happy.
The visiting Trojans scored a dozen runs over the next three frames, ending the game after five with a 12-1 victory.
“Once we saw them the second time through we were able to get our timing and hit them a little better,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Marissa Aurand picked up the win in the circle and had a double as one of her two hits in the game. Brittany Brumbaugh went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs. Liza Feagley had two RBIs.
“Aurand didn’t give up a hit until the last inning,” Fiscus noted.
Mount Union (7-1, 6-1) travels to Williamsburg Thursday.
Shikellamy 4, Midd-West 3
SUNBURY – Two errors became two runs in the fifth inning, and that was enough for Shikellamy to outscore Midd-West, 4-3, in a Heartland Conference softball game Tuesday.
The Mustangs led 3-2 at the time. Coach Pete Voss said his team, while getting better, was still making mistakes at crucial times.
“We changed our lineup tonight and had a bunch of young girls starting,” he noted. “We played better, but not enough better.”
Shikellamy matched the visitors’ four errors, but “They’re errors weren’t at critical times of the game,” Voss said – and were less painful than the outfield errors that he said were like giving up two in the infield.
Midd-West (0-8, 0-6) travels to Milton Thursday.
Greenwood 3, Newport 2
NEWPORT – Greenwood got a solid pitching performance and cashed in with runners in scoring position to collect its second win of the season against Tri-Valley League foe Newport Tuesday, 3-0.
Jess Heichel held the Buffaloes at bay all afternoon and the Wildcats persevered through three errors to collect the win. Heichel struck out two and only walked one batter en route to the victory.
“In spite of having three errors, I thought the defense did a good job,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “We didn’t let the errors snowball.”
The Wildcats got a key two-out double from Rachel Stroup that plated two runs to take a 3-0 lead that would not be relinquished. Rachel Hicks chipped in one RBI of her own to help the ‘Cats.
Greenwood (2-2) hosts Halifax Thursday.
Lancaster Country Day 7, Juniata 0
MIFFLINTOWN – Lancaster Country Day hasn’t made a lot of noise in the Tri-Valley League in its first full year of membership.
The league’s only tennis schools faced off for the first time, and Juniata was no match for the Cougars, who won 7-0.
Isaac Eck won five games across two sets in the No. 1 singles, which is the same number of games Juniata won the rest of the way – and three of those involved Eck, in a pro set loss in doubles. The fact that Lancaster’s No. 1, Spencer Rhodes, played the futures tour last year explains a lot.
“We ran into the best high school team I’ve ever seen,” Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. “These guys could win a state championship.”
Juniata (5-2) travels to Clearfield Thursday.
Mount Union 14, Moshannon Valley 0: Abby Varner earned the win, striking out seven in five innings. Sarah Gearhart and Ryleah Woodward both had triples while Cheyenne Fye went 3-for-3 and Varner and Sis Knable also had two hits apiece.
From staff reports
MOUNT UNION – Even a six-run lead wasn’t enough to make Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli comfortable Monday.
That’s not a surprise – the Trojans have had their struggles in late innings, and against Huntingdon it was no different. But thanks to a strong relief performance by Cory Kylor, the Bearcats’ drive to win came up short.
Mount Union won the non-league rivalry contest, 7-5.
Kylor took the mound in the sixth with one on and took down three straight batters – but that was after Huntingdon added four to its total. Two batters got aboard in the seventh with one out, but Kylor ended it there.
“He had a really deserved save, I’ll tell you,” Imperioli said. “I knew Huntingdon would make a run at us. They’re well coached.”
The catch-up effort is something the veteran coach said has plagued his team.
“Lately that’s been a problem for us,” he said. “We were a bit shaky – the last two innings they we really were hanging on.”
Boomer Brown had the most offensive production in the win, hitting 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.
Mount Union (6-1) hosts Moshannon Valley today.
Midd-West 4, Mount Carmel 0
BEAVER SPRINGS – Austin Hockenbrock hit a two-run double and Luke Zimmerman sent a two-run ball over the fence as Midd-West blanked Mount Carmel 4-0 in a Heartland Conference interdivisional game Monday.
Zimmerman’s sixth-inning homer came right after a foul ball, and made him a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
“He hit three rockets. He’s locked in – he’s just hitting it right on the screws,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said.
Flood said the hitting wasn’t coming as often as he hoped, but definitely came at the right time.
“We did get the base hits when we needed them,” he said.
Colton Keister struck out seven in the win.
Midd-West (3-4) travels to Benton Wednesday.
Cedar Cliff 7, Mifflin County 6
CAMP HILL – Cy Treaster led off the top of the seventh with a single and in the course of the inning the Huskies plated five to bring their Mid-Penn Conference game against Cedar Cliff to within one run, but fell just short of the Colts in the 7-6 final.
“We were able to piece some things together and get five runs,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said, but explained that lately it has been a trend for the Huskies to score late in the game, and he would like to see them string together some runs earlier.
Treaster went 2-for-3, teammate Lucas McKay hit an RBI double in the seventh and Evan Pupo, Drew Hannon and Isaac Strohecker also claimed RBIs, but the Colts still triumphed.
Mifflin County (3-4, 3-4) hosts State College on Wednesday.
Mifflin County 5, Chambersburg 0
CHAMBERSBURG – Mifflin County tennis took care of business on Monday, sweeping Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg in every match for the 5-0 victory.
Clay Morgan had a close match with Chambersburg’s Alex Williams, winning his first set in a 7-4 tiebreaker before taking the second set 6-3 for the win.
No. 1 singles man Conner Saltzer and No. 2 Matt DeBenedetto had more decisive victories as Saltzer dropped Brendan Bittle 6-3, 6-2 and DeBenedetto dominated Charlie Scanzello 6-0, 6-2.
Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller won their doubles match in similar fashion, dropping Haris Ahmed and Naushair Hussain 6-2, 6-3 while Ben Hugendubler and Ben Renninger won a close pro set, 8-6, over Nayyer Malik and Jay Padala.
Mifflin County (7-4) travels to Central Mountain on Wednesday.
Newport 6, Juniata 4
MIFFLINTOWN – Newport’s Tessa Campbell struck out seven batters, hit a home run and drove two across the plate to inspire the Buffaloes in a 6-4 win over Juniata in Tri-Valley League softball Monday.
Juniata managed only six hits to Newport’s 10, with two each coming from Kristen Pray – who also had a double – and Tiffiany Shoop.
Newport went out front early, leading 2-1 after an inning and adding three more in the second. Juniata plated two in the third but never got closer as the teams traded runs in the seventh.
Juniata (2-5, 2-3) hosts Halifax today.
East Juniata 7, Hughesville 1
HUGHESVILLE – Ashlyn Erhard threw four strikeouts and allowed six hits and teammate Autumn Dressler went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs as the East Juniata softball team dropped non-league opponent Hughesville, 7-1, on Monday.
“Ashlyn pitched very well and the defense was behind her,” East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
The Tigers had 10 hits and no errors compared to Hughesville’s six runs and seven errors.
East Juniata gets back into Tri-Valley League action Thursday when the Tigers host Line Mountain.
Game one: Mount Union 21, Philipsburg Osceola 1: Sarrah Gearhart got the win with eight strikeouts. Mount Union had home runs from Kaitlyn Stinson and Diana Roher and triples from Alexa Knable and Abby Varner. Mickenzey Goodrich went 4-for-4.
Game two: Mount Union 4, Philipsburg Osceola 0: Darrian Dixon had 10 strikeouts in the win. Roher went 3-for-3 with a home run. Mount Union travels to Moshannon Valley today.
MILLERSBURG – Greenwood baseball was looking for its first win of the season Saturday, but Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg would have nothing to do with that, topping the Wildcats 6-1.
Greenwood pitcher Brady Stover threw two strikeouts and allowed no walks in his six innings, but Millersburg had 11 hits and scored in the first, fifth and sixth to earn the win.
Greenwood (0-7) travels to Newport on Tuesday.
Mifflin County 2, Carlisle 1
CARLISLE – Mifflin County improved its record to 3-3 Saturday when the Huskies held on to their two run lead earned in the fourth for a 2-1 win over Commonwealth Division opponent Carlisle.
Heath Hidlay earned the win for the Huskies.
Mifflin County gets back in action today when it travels to Cedar Cliff.
Upper Dauphin 11, Greenwood 1 (5 innings)
HERNDON – Upper Dauphin gave Greenwood softball a rough outing Saturday, topping the Wildcats 11-1 in Tri-Valley League action.
Upper Daphin’s Katie Schwenk hit a home run in the third inning to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead before four-run innings in the fourth and fifth brought the game to an early conclusion.
Greenwood (3-1) hosts Newport on Tuesday.
From staff reports
CARLISLE – The Mifflin County softball team relied on a 12-run fifth inning to end its Commonwealth Division game against Carlisle in five innings on Friday.
It was a great inning offensively, but add to this the fact that those 12 runs were just more than half of the Huskies’ total runs, and the word “great” seems to be an understatement for the offensive onslaught.
Mifflin County collected 17 hits and the same number of RBIs to score every inning, sending the Thundering Herd to a 21-0 loss.
“Our team’s been really hitting well, and obviously they hit very well tonight. We’re scoring runs throughout the entire lineup and as a coach that’s something you like to see,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
Maggie Lucas brought the most runs across the plate, as her five RBIs were a nice compliment to her 2-for-5 effort, but she certainly wasn’t the only Husky swinging the bat.
Teammate Allessa Morrison had a triple and four RBIs, Mara Rhodes hit two doubles and collected four RBIs in her three-hit effort and Maggie Wray went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
“Everything seemed to go our way today,” McCurdy said, who further explained that after putting up a nine-run lead headed into the fifth, the girls relaxed at the plate and the offense just followed.
Rachel Zimmerman was awarded the win from the circle as she threw five strikeouts to keep the Thundering Herd at bay. Teammate Taylor Boyer also threw one strikeout.
Mifflin County (3-1) hosts Redland today at 11 a.m.
From staff reports
MOUNT UNION – After an injury which kept him off the mound his entire junior year, Mount Union senior Cole Boozel didn’t miss a stride Thursday.
Striking out 17 total West Branch batters in his first start since he was a sophomore, Boozel led the Trojans to a 4-1 Inter-County Conference win over the Warriors.
“Cole pitched exceptionally well. He had a great fastball, an excellent curveball and a really good changeup,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said.
Imperioli said the weather was perfect for Boozel to go the distance, and that’s exactly what he did, allowing only two hits in his outstanding return.
On the offensive end, Klayton Heffner went 2-for-2, Cory Kyler had a double and two RBIs, and Boozel also collected an RBI.
Mount Union (6-1, 6-1) travels to Everett today.
Track and field
Boys: Greenwood 92, Millersburg 58
Girls: Millersburg 80, Greenwood 70
MILLERSTOWN – The girls win streak was ended for Greenwood track and field Thursday and the boys kept on rolling as the teams faced off against Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg. The girls fell 80-70 while the boys trounced the Indians, 92-58.
Windy conditions made for a difficult day on the track and in the field, but the Greenwood boys persevered and ran their fastest times of the year in all three relay contests. The boys pulled out a 9:01.9 time in the 4×800, a 47.3 mark in the 4×100 and a 3:43.9 time in the 4×400, crushing the competition.
“It was a good meet for the boys,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. “They competed really well on the track and that’s where we had to battle – we did a pretty good job.”
Scott Kerstetter and Tyler Fegley each won four events for the Wildcats.
Despite falling in many of the track events, the girls team held its own in the field.
“They beat us up on the track and it was the difference,” Magill said. “We swept the shot and competed pretty well but they outgunned us big time on the track.”
The girls squad ran its best time in the 4×100 but still fell to the Indians. Hattie Kuhns led the Wildcats with two comeback wins in the 100 and 200 meter dash.
“It was nice to see Hattie come off with a couple of wins,” Magill said.
The Greenwood boys (4-0) and girls (3-1) will be back in action at the Mustang Invitational Saturday.
Boys: Juniata 107, Upper Dauphin 42
Girls: Juniata 88, Upper Dauphin 62
ELIZABETHVILLE – Juniata manhandled Upper Dauphin in boys track and field Thursday as the Indians picked up their first win of the season, 107-42, while the Juniata girls won their second in a row, 88-62, in a Tri-Valley League meet.
The girls (2-1, 2-1) saw Rachel Brown win all three jumping events, and took two of the three relays on the way to the victory.
The boys (1-2, 1-2) swept the relays in the dominant outcome.
Juniata hosts Greenwood Tuesday.
Mifflin County 5, Cedar Cliff 0
CAMP HILL – Following a rough match at Cumberland Valley Wednesday, the Huskies bounced back against another Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe in Cedar Cliff Thursday and dominated the Colts, 5-0
All three singles participants got back to their winning ways in the victory and defeated their opponents in straight sets. The team’s No. 1 Conner Saltzer knocked off Seth Wilson 6-4, 6-2 to notch a point for the Huskies. Matt DeBenedetto beat his opponent 6-2 and did not drop a game in the second set as he cruised to a 6-0 victory. Clay Morgan was also impressive, making Cedar Cliff’s Ben Work hustle – Morgan lost just one game on his way to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
In doubles action, Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller got back on track and cruised to a straight-set victory, 6-1 and 6-2. The two Bens – Renninger and Hugendubler – overcame a second-set loss by winning the final set 6-3 to take the victory.
Coach Glenn Kyle said his team responded well following a shutout loss a day earlier.
“I told them at Cumberland Valley that even though that team was very good, we needed to take how they played in that match and carry it over to the other matches and I think we did that today,” he said.
Mifflin County (6-6) travels to Chambersburg Monday.
Central Mountain 3, Juniata 2
MILL HALL – The Juniata tennis team hit the road for a non-league match against Central Mountain Thursday, and for the first time this season the Indians found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, falling 3-2.
An impending inclement weather threat changed the format of the match to 3-2, which adversely affected the Indians’ play. Isaac Eck was the lone singles winner on the day, defeating Tom Rodabaugh 6-0 and 6-1. Logan Aurand and Ricky Heck topped their opponents in doubles action to notch the team’s second and final point of the match.
Juniata (4-1) hosts Carson Long today.
Midd-West’s softball game with Selinsgrove and Mount Union’s softball game at West Branch were both postponed due to poor field conditions Thursday. Makeup dates have not yet been determined for either game.
HARRISBURG – It wasn’t something spectacular, Mifflin County coach Travis Zook admits – it was just fundamentally sound baseball.
Seth Wagner drove in the only run the Huskies turned out to need at the end and picked up the win on the mound as Mifflin County slid by Central Dauphin, 3-0, in Commonwealth Division baseball Wednesday.
“It was a pretty good game,” Zook said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of excitement as far as offense. Seth did a great job.”
Mifflin County scored in the opening half, with Wagner driving in the run after Evan Pupo and Drew Hannon singled, all with two outs. Central Dauphin ended that threat with the bases loaded, but the Huskies were back at it in the fourth with a Lucas McKay single and a Cy Treaster double, which along with an error set up Gage Reesman for the next RBI.
Then Zook signaled for the squeeze, and Aaron Michaels delivered.
“I’ve really been surprised with the amount of small ball the coaches in the Mid-Penn have been playing this year,” Zook said, adding that he wanted to see it work after a rare failed attempt against Chambersburg.
Logan Swineford relieved Wagner in the seventh with two on and struck out three to end it. Isaac Strohecker also had a double.
Mifflin County (2-3, 2-3) hosts Carlisle Friday.
Newport 3, Juniata 2
NEWPORT – Juniata’s baseball team had a chance at its second win of the season Wednesday when the Indians had runners on first and third in the top of the seventh while trailing Tri-Valley League opponent Newport 3-2 with two outs, but were unable to bring in either runner.
The Indians had been hitless until the seventh, but put up all three of their hits in the final frame.
“I cannot say enough about my team’s will to keep going and keep fighting,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said, who was extremely proud of the way his team held on until the very end.
Pitcher Coleby Hambright struck out three and allowed runs in the first and second to keep the Indians in the game while the offense struggled. On the field, the Indians were also strong defensively, committing only one error as compared to their nine errors Monday against Line Mountain.
Juniata (1-4, 1-3) hosts Lancaster Country Day on Friday.
Cumberland Valley 5, Mifflin County 0
MECHANICSBURG – It was a rough outing for Mifflin County tennis Wednesday as Cumberland Valley defeated the Huskies in straight sets every match for the 5-0 Commonwealth Division final score.
Mifflin County’s Matt DeBenedetto had the closest singles set when he fell to John Gaspich 7-5 in the second to drop his match.
Both Mifflin County doubles teams fell 6-4 in their first sets, but dropped the second sets by a margin of at least three points.
Mifflin County (5-6, 5-4) hosts Cedar Cliff today.
Newport 5, Juniata 3 (susp., 3rd inn.)
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata softball trailed Tri-Valley League opponent Newport 5-3 at the conclusion of the third inning when the game was suspended because of rain Wednesday.
Juniata scored two of its three runs on suicide squeeze plays in the bottom of the third.
Greenwood 9, East Juniata 1 (susp., 2nd inn.)
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata put up one run on a suicide squeeze, and Greenwood scored one in the first and eight in the second with its six second-inning hits, but the two Tri-Valley League softball teams had to stop the game early on Wednesday due to bad weather.
The game was called in the bottom of the second, with Greenwood’s Chelsea Hicks in the circle, East Juniata’s Gracen Shilling at bat, one out and a runner on first.
HARRISBURG – Mifflin County’s boys and girls track teams both notched impressive wins over Mid-Penn Commonwealth opponent Central Dauphin Tuesday, giving each squad its second win of the young season. The boys team handed the Rams the loss by the score of 83-67 while the girls downed Central Dauphin 84-66.
Nathan Baumgardner had another positive day for the Huskies, placing first in the 100 hurdles and outjumping the competition in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 1 1/4 inches. Baumgardner also placed second in the 300 hurdles, missing the front by 1.3 seconds.
Sprinter Ian McGinnis contributed to the victory, taking first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while Jon Colwell continued to be a steady force, winning the 1,600 and the 800 runs. Jared Michaels, George Donahey, Addison Monroe and Zach Long also finished first in their respective events.
The girls squad swept the 1,600 run as Kelsey Spicher, Amanda Hassinger and Mary Havice took first, second and third, respectively. The girls also took the 4×400 relay and the 4×800, and in impressive fashion – outrunning the Rams by seven and 28 seconds, respectively.
Megan Becker and Elizabeth Eddy took the top two spots in the 400 to boost the Huskies as well. Anna Aurand outjumped her opponents in the triple jump, Sam Peters sped away to a victory in the 800 and Makala Rearick launched the shot put 34-4 to round out the field.
Mifflin County (2-1, boys and girls) will host Cumberland Valley Thursday.
Track and field
Boys: Greenwood 103, Upper Dauphin 47
Girls: Greenwood 110, Upper Dauphin 40
ELIZABETHVILLE – Both the Greenwood boys and girls track and field teams marked down win No. 3 on the season, as the Wildcats defeated Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin Tuesday.
The girls topped the Trojans, 110-40, as sweeps in the high jump, discus, shot put, long jump and pole vault put the Wildcats far in the lead.
“They (Upper Dauphin) only scored two points on the field, so it was a pretty good effort on the field overall,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said.
Standouts for the girls included Erin Zeider’s wins in the long jump, triple jump, 4×100 and 4×400. Teammate Emily Fisher also had a win in the shot put and threw personal bests in the javelin and discus.
The boys team, which won 103-47, had three wins apiece from Gabe Schroff, Roy Miller, Hunter Miller and Tyler Fegley.
Jarrett Fortenbaugh also improved his personal record by nine inches in the pole vault with his height of 11 feet, 9 inches, and Brian Auxt’s throw of 157-4 in the javelin increased his personal record by 11 feet.
Greenwood (3-0, 3-0 boys and girls) will compete in the Mustang Invitational at West Perry Saturday.
Mount Union 7, Bellwood-Antis 4
MOUNT UNION – A battle between four-win teams ensued Tuesday in Mount Union as the Trojans hosted a familiar Inter-County Conference foe in Bellwood-Antis. The Trojans outlasted the Blue Devils and took the contest, 7-4.
Klayton Heffner collected the win from the mound for the Trojans, tossing five and a third innings of three-run ball. The hurler surrendered five hits while striking out two. He managed to minimize the damage nearly caused by walking six Blue Devils – making solid pitches in key moments of the game.
“Klayton pitched well in spots when he had to make good pitches,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “He had a problem with his fastball but his curveball was working pretty well and he had a pretty good slider.”
A Boomer Brown two-run double in the bottom of the third extended Mount Union’s lead to five – providing some breathing room against a tough team with weapons of its own. The Trojans looked to reliever Cole Boozel to shut the door – he tossed one and two thirds, struck out three and surrendered one unearned run.
Brown, Kyler and Trevon Walker knocked in Mount Union’s runs and Walker made two key plays in final innings to secure the victory.
“Walker played very well – he started in center field but came to shortstop for Cole and made two spectacular plays,” Imperioli said. “All in all I thought we played a really sound baseball game.”
Mount Union (5-1) hosts West Branch Thursday.
Danville 9, Midd-West 0
DANVILLE – The Midd-West softball team is young, and it’s also dealing with some injuries, and so far this has taken its toll as Midd-West took another loss Tuesday to Heartland Conference opponent Danville, 9-0.
Pitcher Adrianne Gesselman threw three strikeouts, and the Mustangs had hits from Sara Schambauch, Summer Brown, Emily Hackenberg and Jewel Randolph, but six errors sunk the Mustangs in the effort.
“Like I told the girls, ‘Sooner or later we’ve got to start making plays.’ When we do, we’ll start winning some games,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said, adding he has seen improvement from his team, but there’s still work to do.
Midd-West (0-6, 0-5) hosts Selinsgrove on Thursday.
Bellwood-Antis 3, Mount Union 0
BELLWOOD – The offensive jugernaut that is the Mount Union softball team was stymied Tuesday as the Blue Devils of Bellwood-Antis shut out the squad that has been steamrolling opponents, 3-0.
Marissa Aurand kept the Trojans in the game – tossing two strikeouts – but three timely errors crushed Mount Union and the Blue Devils took full advantage.
“We came out and didn’t play very well in the field and made some errors,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We played poorly behind Aurand and we need to get things cleaned up and ready for Thursday.”
Bellwood-Antis’ pitcher kept the Trojans off balance all day – tossing six strikeouts and shutting down the powerful Trojan offense.
Mount Union (6-1) travels to West Branch Thursday.
State College 3, Mifflin County 2
LEWISTOWN – The Little Lions came and knocked Mifflin County’s overall record on the tennis court to an even 5-5 Tuesday, when State College defeated the Huskies 3-2 in Commonwealth Division action.
Clay Morgan took the Huskies’ only singles win, hanging on in his first set against Enrique Delcastillo for a 7-4 tiebreaker, then taking the next set 6-1. Ben Renninger and Ben Hugendubler then took Mifflin County’s second win with their 6-3, 6-3 victory over doubles team Dan Yoon and Caleb Kroeker.
Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller almost forced their doubles match against Luke Plowden and Sam Whelley to a third set when they just missed 7-6 in the second, but they had already fallen 6-0 in the first, resulting in the loss.
Mifflin County (5-5, 5-3) travels to Cumberland Valley today.
* Mount Union 11, Bellwood-Antis 0: Sarrah Gearhart recorded the win and threw 14 strikeouts. Alexa Knable, Cheyenne Fye and Ryleah Woodward all had multiple hits.
CHAMBERSBURG – In general, the team that accumulates the most hits and commits the fewest errors will win a baseball game, right?
This was not the case for Mifflin County Monday as the squad traveled to Chambersburg and fell, 4-3.
It was too little, too late for the Huskies as the squad plated two seventh-inning runs to bring the score to within one – but a missed squeeze play led to an out at home, killing the momentum and deflating hopes for the comeback.
“The defense did a great job at adjusting and threw a pitch out,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. He added that his team, despite collecting 10 hits, was never able to string any of them together until late in the game.
“We really didn’t start putting things together until the seventh inning,” he said. “We hit the ball hard, put it in play and swiped a couple of bases off of their mistakes.”
For Zook and his pitching staff, the anemic run production has become tiring as, he explained, the team has plated just eight runs in four games. The pitching staff, including Heath Hidlay, who threw four and two thirds Monday, has kept its ERA under three-and-a-half – doing everything it can to help the Huskies win.
“Hidlay threw a great game today,” Zook said. “Only having three runs is unacceptable – we should be scoring more runs on 10 hits.”
The Huskies played error-free ball as well, and according to Zook, a great game overall.
Mifflin County (1-3) faces another Mid-Penn Commonwealth challenge Wednesday on the road at Central Dauphin.
Mount Union 13, Moshannon Valley 2 (6 inning)
HOUTZDALE – Starting pitcher Darrian Stapleton tossed another excellent game and an eight-run sixth inning propelled Mount Union to its fourth win Monday over Moshannon Valley, 13-2 in six innings.
Stapleton went the distance for the Trojans – surrendering seven hits, striking out two Knights and, most importantly, walking zero.
“Darrian has been strong, ” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “He’s had excellent control and he’s been ahead of most of his hitters – he had another strong game.”
With the game still in doubt at 2-2 in the top of the fourth, Brady Goodling unleashed a two-out, bases-loaded double that gave the Trojans the lead for good.
“I thought we hit well,” Imperioli said. “Late in the game we had quite a few clutch hits.”
Cole Boozel homered and collected three RBIs while Goodling also accounted for three runs in the victory.
Mount Union (4-1) hosts Bellwood-Antis today.
Halifax 16, East Juniata 6
COCOLAMUS – Riding a three game winning streak, the East Juniata Tigers took the diamond Monday against Halifax – a formidable Tri-Valley League opponent – with hopes of extending the streak to four straight.
The Wildcats had other plans, though, and the visitors used 17 hits to 10-run the Tigers, 16-6 in five innings.
Halifax jumped all over starting pitcher Ryan Stuck to build a four-run lead in the first that proved insurmountable for the Tigers.
“They (Halifax) came out and jumped right on him with three straight hits and drew a walk,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. “From there it seemd like they were hitting the ball very well and we just did not make good pitches.”
After leaving two guys stranded in the home half of the opening stanza, the Tigers took the field in the second only to surrender five more Wildcat runs. Halifax picked up where it left off in the first and collected hit after hit and induced an East Juniata error that made the Tigers look to their bullpen. Jeremy Pannebaker stepped in for the home squad and induced an inning-ending double play.
Down 9-0, Bailey Coder led off the second inning with a solo shot that started a five-run rally for the Tigers – but the team would score just one more the rest of the way while the persistent Wildcats would plate seven more to put the game away.
East Juniata (3-1) travels to Greenwood Wednesday.
Line Mountain 15, Juniata 12
MIFFLINTOWN – Through the first three games of the season, Juniata struggled to hit. The Indians hit plenty on Monday – but had more than their share of errors, which led to a 15-12 loss to Line Mountain in Tri-Valley League baseball.
On the good side, the Indians pounded out 15 hits, including home runs by Dakota Sweitzer – who had four hits, including a double, and drove in four runs – and Ty Treaster.
But the Eagles’ nine errors were matched and then exceeded by nine for the home team, and that was the difference.
“We would climb right back into it, every time being down by one run, and would shoot ourselves in the foot,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
“Offensively we swung the bats really well tonight. That’s the one positive we can take away,” he said. But? “We threw the fundamentals right out the door and became real lackadaisical, fielding-wise.”
Juniata (1-3, 1-2) travels to Newport Wednesday.
Lancaster Country Day 14, Greenwood 4
LANCASTER – Greenwood scored first and was up 4-0 in the middle of the third, but Lancaster Country Day put nine runners across the plate in the bottom as the Wildcats (0-6) continue to look for their first win under Mark Sherman after the Tri-Valley league baseball loss.
Line Mountain 8, Juniata 7
HERNDON – Juniata plated five runs in the fifth to take a three-run lead over Line Mountain Monday but the Indians surrendered five in the seventh and Line Mountain erased a four-run deficit to take the game, 8-7.
Kristen Pray, Micheh Horning and Tiffiany Shoop all had multiple-hit games for the Indians. Pray and Horning knocked in two runs apiece as well. Brinley Irvin smacked a double in the loss and tossed four strikeouts from the circle.
Juniata (2-4) hosts Newport Wednesday.
Halifax 5, East Juniata 4
HALIFAX – East Juniata took an early 2-0 lead and scored again in the sixth to tie the game, but a walk-off run in the seventh helped Millersburg to a Tri-Valley League softball win over the struggling Tigers, who fall to 0-4.
Milton 7, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG – After five innings, Milton sat on a slim 2-0 lead. But that seems to be the breaking point for Midd-West – the Mustangs gave up five more runs in the final two frames in the 7-0 Heartland Conference softball loss Monday.
“I don’t know if it’s the mental part of it, focus. Maybe we need to drill harder physically,” said Midd-West coach Pete Voss, noting his team seems to break down after four or five innings.
It was nothing big; Milton had a solo homer in the first and a couple doubles.
“We played some tough teams,” Voss said. “I was pleased with the effort.”
Midd-West (0-5, 0-4) travels to Danville today.
Hollidaysburg 5, Mifflin County 4
HOLLIDAYSBURG – Hollidaysburg found a way to beat the Huskies at tennis – just keep playing until you win.
The Golden Tigers scheduled a nine-match visit for Mifflin County Monday – five singles and four doubles – enough stretch for Hollidaysburg to take a 5-4 non-league victory against a team accustomed to the more traditional 3-2 format used in the Mid-Penn.
Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said the difference may have been the wear and tear on No. 4 and No. 5 players Nate Koller and Cody Donaldson, who won long singles matches they normally would not have played before hitting the court for the doubles session.
Matt DeBenedetto also picked up a singles win. Clay Morgan and Will Fox had the lone doubles win for Mifflin County.
The Huskies (5-4) host State College today.
ALTOONA – Mount Union’s softball team is on a roll, and Friday the Trojans rolled over Class AAAA Altoona, 13-2 in a seven-inning non-league contest that saw a flurry of runs in the final frame.
Kristin Miles had three doubles and drove in three runs, but Brittany Brumbaugh’s five-RBI effort was impressive, coach Matt Fiscus said. She also had a two-bagger. And Marissa Aurand continues to impress in the circle.
“Brumbaugh really hit in the clutch,” he said. “Aurand only gave up one hit after the first inning and really pitched a good ball game. She’s really done the job.”
Mount Union took and early lead, but Altoona answered that and was ahead on the scoreboard until the third, when the Trojans enjoyed their first explosion with five runs.
The Trojans also had a big 5-run inning in the fifth.
“We were able to manufacture a run in the first inning and they were able to get two in the bottom,” Fiscus said. “I wasn’t sure how we would respond.”
Mount Union (6-0) travels to Bellwood-Antis Tuesday.
Upper Dauphin 11, Greenwood 1 (5 innings)
ELIZABETHVILLE – Any Tri-Valley League softball team knows heading into a matchup against defending league champion Upper Dauphin that a tough game is ahead.
Greenwood found this out the hard way Friday, when the Wildcats fell to Upper Dauphin 11-1 in five innings.
Of course, having nine errors on the field didn’t help the Wildcats’ chances.
“We didn’t field the ball, and we didn’t throw it where we needed to. You’ve got to take care of the basics and the fundamentals, and we didn’t do that today,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
Jess Heichel threw for Greenwood, recording four strikeouts.
Greenwood (1-2, 1-2) travels to TVL opponent East Juniata on Wednesday.
Mifflinburg 15, Midd-West 0 (4 innings)
MIFFLINBURG – The Mifflinburg softball team gave Midd-West a long bus ride home Friday, topping the Mustangs 15-0 in four innings for the Heartland Conference win.
Wildcat pitcher Ali Lloyd only allowed one Midd-West hit, which was Summer Brown’s single.
Midd-West hosts Milton on Monday.
MILLERSTOWN – The Greenwood baseball team took the diamond Friday looking to bounce back after falling to Juniata earlier in the week, but Upper Dauphin brought its bats and knocked off the Wildcats 15-1 in five innings.
Walking the first three batters and hitting the next is never the way a team wants to start a game, but the Wildcats struggled to find the strike zone early and the Trojans took full advantage, plating five first-inning runs. Following a scoreless bottom half, the Trojans came out and posted eight more runs due to more walks, passed balls and some timely hits.
Greenwood scored a run in the third and according to coach Mark Sherman, the team showed signs of improvement from its previous game against Juniata.
“We inched back with the hitting today – we had two base hits in the first and had a couple solid line drives,” he said. “Today was much improved – our best outing for hitting as made solid contact.”
Sherman and his Wildcats look to take the positive plate appearances into today’s game at the Perry County tournament as the team takes on Susquenita.
* Mount Union 25, Altoona 0 (3 inn.): Sarah Gearhart was winning pitcher. Alexa Knable, Kaitlyn Stinson and Abby Varner all had home runs. The Trojans play Tuesday at Bellwood-Antis.
From staff reports
MILLERSTOWN – The boys track and field meet between Greenwood and Juniata was a battle Thursday, but the home team eked out a Tri-Valley League win as Greenwood scored 80 against Juniata’s 70 in the Tri-Valley League event.
In the girls meet, the Wildcats had a much easier day, winning 104-46.
Greenwood did most of its damage in the boys meet in the distance runs, sweeping the 3,200 and taking the top two places in the 1,600 and 800 runs. Coach Tom Magill said he also was impressed by Hunter Wirth, who ran the first leg of the 4×800 relay, which Greenwood won, then had personal bests in the pole vault and his first try at the 800.
“Jordan Rebuck had two big second places. It’s the first time he’s thrown over 100 feet in the discus,” Magill added.
For the girls, he said, “I thought (Erin) Zeiders in the triple jump had a nice jump. (Sierra) Stephens is throwing over 100 feet in the javelin.”
The girls won first in all but two events, but swept just one.
“Our young girls worked hard and had hugely better times than the last track meet,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said. Her team earned the lion’s share of seconds, making the overall score harder to fathom.
“When I looked at that score, I said ‘Girls, we had so many people have their best performances today.’ It knocked my socks off,” she said.
Hart said she stressed individual successes, like freshman Rylee Duck’s second win in the 300 hurdles, and Janelle Swartz’s comeback run in the 4×400 relay.
“When she got the baton in the 4×400 she was at least 25 meters behind,” Hart said.
She also noted her boys 300 hurdler, Nick Gilbert, for his run, and Tyler Hershey’s efforts in the jumps.
Greenwood (Boys and girls: 2-0, 2-0) travels to Upper Dauphin Tuesday. Juniata (Boys and girls: 0-2, 0-2) hosts East Juniata Tuesday.
Boys: East Juniata 89, Millersburg 61
Girls: Millersburg 101, East Juniata 49
MILLERSBURG – It might be called track and field, but Thursday for both the boys and girls teams at East Juniata, the field was where the meet against Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg was either won or lost.
The boys took the win over Millersburg, 89-61, and coach Mark Ritzman said the Tigers’ performance from the field was outstanding.
“On the boys side, the field was just superb. We swept the discus, swept the high jump,” he said.
Winning the field by 30 points, East Juniata was led by Tyler Hepner, who placed first in the javelin, shot put and discus, and Adam Strawser, who improved his throw in the discus by 10 feet and the javelin by 15 feet.
“The guys just showed up. It was another one of those meets that if we came and everybody brought it, we had a chance to win,” Ritzman said.
The girls team lost to Millersburg, 101-49, but also had some strong performances in the field.
Molly Scholl placed first in the shot put and discus and Brooke Maneval was solid behind Scholl, placing second in the high jump and third in the shot put.
Jordan Crissman also got her first win of the season in the high jump.
East Juniata (Boys: 6-1, 2-0; Girls: 6-1, 1-1) travels to Juniata on Tuesday.
Boys: Tussey Mountain 70.5, Mount Union 69.5
Girls: Tussey Mountain 75, Mount Union 67
SAXTON – Rebuilding after losing several key athletes to graduation, the Mount Union track and field team took a close one against Tussey Mountain in its first meet of the season Thursday, but both the boys and girls team fell to the Inter-County Conference opponent.
On the boys end, Zack Knable was the top scorer, placing first in the two mile, and also doing well in the hurdles. Teammate Jimmy Nicastro was the second-leading scorer, ending the day with 10 points as the boys team lost to Tussey Mountain, 70.5-60.5. Austen Rohrer also did well in the mile.
For the girls team, which lost 75-67, Katrina Hammon took three individual firsts to be the girls’ top scorer, and Alana Saulen finished first twice.
“We lost a lot of our athletes, so I was proud of the effort the boys put for today and the girls,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said.
Mount Union (0-1, 0-1 boys and girls) hosts non-league opponent East Juniata April 11.
DILLSBURG – The Mifflin County tennis team dueled with Northern Thursday and the three singles participants lifted the Huskies to their fifth win of the season, beating the Polar Bears, 3-2.
The squad’s No. 1 Conner Saltzer beat his opponent soundly in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0. Matt DeBenedetto also notched another win on the 2013 campaign, knocking off Patrick Daggs, 6-4 and 6-0. Clay Morgan also took down his opponent, 7-5 and 6-2.
The Huskies’ doubles teams both fell in straight sets to the Polar Bears
The Huskies (5-3) travel to Hollidaysburg Monday.
Juniata 6, Clearfield 1
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata won all five singles matches and gave up only one doubles en route to a 6-1 win over Clearfield in tennis Thursday.
The singles was mostly a romp for the Indians, except the No. 2 spot, where Logan Aurand was pushed by Kerry Maines, who was the Bisons’ No. 1 a year ago. He went the distance in a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-2 victory.
“It was just a great match,” Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. “Logan really pulled it out tonight. They both played very well.”
Musselman was also pleased when a pair of freshman, Taylor Stine and Brad Strawser, took out Clearfield’s third and fourth singles players in the final match of the day, an 8-6 pro set.
“Taylor Stine and Brad Strawser are freshman beginners and they are coming on,” he said.
Juniata (3-0) travels to at Tussey Mountain Tuesday.
Midd-West 13, Mifflinburg 12
MIFFLINBURG – Mifflinburg’s Jordan Caprioli scored two straight to force a 9-9 tie with Midd-West, and the Wildcats took a 12-10 lead before the two-time defending district lacrosse champs showed why.
Midd-West won the game 13-12 Thursday.
Midd-West won the game in the final minute when Katie Kreider found the back of the net with 32 seconds left and after Mifflinburg lost possession in the Mustang zone, Midd-West ran out the clock.
The Mustangs (2-0) host Dallas Saturday.
Mount Union 15, Glendale 1 (5 innings)
FLINTON – One game after Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli notched his 700th victory, the Trojans showed Thursday evening that they are ready to just keep adding to that number.
Defeating Inter-County Conference opponent Glendale 15-1 in five innings, the Trojans had 14 hits and 15 RBIs to get their third win of the season.
And this offense occurred behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Klayton Heffner.
Heffner went the distance with 11 strikouts and just one hit. Imperioli said Heffner’s fastball and curveball were especially effective.
Imperioli was also very pleased with his team’s batting.
“Today was the best day of offense that we’ve had all year. It was really nice to see us hit the ball hard,” he said.
Mount Union (3-1, 3-1) travels to Moshannon Valley for a makeup game Monday. The Trojans are scheduled to have three other games after Moshannon Valley next week, and Imperioli is interested to see how the team responds to the pressure.
“It’s the first time we’re going to be pressing ourselves for more pitchers, so it’s going to be really interesting,” he said.
Mount Union 15, Glendale 1 (5 innings)
MOUNT UNION – Few softball teams can brag of putting up 60 runs in their first five games. Mount Union, however, can.
Defeating Glendale 15-1 in five innings for their fifth Inter-County Conference win, the Trojans demonstrated once again Thursday what a potent offense they have.
Leading this offense was Liza Feagley, who hit her third home run of the season, and Ashlyn Drake with three hits and an RBI.
“It was a good shot,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said of Feagley’s home run. “The wind was blowing in tonight too, but she was able to jack it out.”
Taking the win was Lauren Shugarts, who struck out three in her first start. Teammate Bree Morrow finished from the circle for the Trojans, recording five strikouts along the way.
Fiscus said Shugarts and Morrow both did a great job, and that catcher Brittany Brumbaugh really helped keep them focused.
Mount Union (5-0, 5-0) will host Altoona today for its first non-league game.
Glendale 8, Mount Union 5. Ryleah Woodward went 2-3 and Abby Varner had a home run for Mount Union (2-1), which travels to Altoona Friday.
From staff reports
NEW BLOOMFIELD – The Juniata tennis squad hit the road Wednesday to face off against non-league foe Carson Long with hopes of notching its second win on the season and remaining unbeaten. The Indians did just that, taking the match 7-0.
All five of Juniata’s singles participants won their matches in straight sets. Brad Lipka and Ricky Heck each took the first sets 6-0 and finished their matches 6-1 while teammates Isaac Eck, Logan Aurand and Luis Pacheco also defeated their opponents in convincing fashion.
The Indians also swept the doubles matches, 10-0 and 10-3. Eck and Pacheco teamed up to trounce Carson Long’s first doubles duo and Chantz Imes and Brad Strawser had their opponents on the run as well.
“Carson Long was missing a couple of their key players, so they didn’t have very much depth, but we had good wins all around, and tomorrow we expect another,” Juniata coach Alan Musselman said.
Juniata (2-0) hosts Clearfield today.
MOUNT UNION – It may not be as big a number as that baseball coach down the street has, but Mount Union’s softball coach hit a pretty impressive mark Tuesday, too.
The Trojans crushed Juniata Valley, 16-1 in three innings, and in the process gave Matt Fiscus his 200th career win leading the squad.
The home team plated 10 runs in the first on the way to the mercy-rule victory. In the Inter-County Conference matchup, Mount Union was driven by hitting as Liza Feagley went 3-for-3 and drove in six runs while teammate Marissa Dimoff had a triple and plated one in a game that saw only two extra-base hits, one for each side. Brittany Brumbaugh was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Marissa Aurand had the win in the circle while batting 2-for-3 with an RBI.
“I really think we can hit with anybody,” Fiscus said. “We have some pitchers that are really banged up right now and Aurand is doing the job for us.”
Fiscus said his team has braved the weather and that helps, too.
“A lot of teams are barely getting outside and getting any games in,” he said.
Mount Union (4-0, 4-0) hosts Glendale Thursday.
Cumberland Valley 9, Mifflin County 1
MECHANICSBURG – The Mifflin County softball team looked to open Mid-Penn play with a bang Tuesday at Cumberland Valley, but timely mistakes and unfavorable weather conditions made for a tough afternoon for the Huskies, who fell, 9-1.
Being matched against one of the toughest teams in the Mid-Penn is difficult enough – couple that with high winds and low temperatures, and the task is that much more difficult.
“A combination of errors and weather conditions contributed,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “There were balls that were hit that are normally routine plays.”
Down 1-0 heading to the second inning, Taylor Boyer blasted a solo-home run that knotted the game at one. For the Huskies, it would be their final run of the game as the opposing pitcher kept the squad at bay for the remainder of the afternoon.
The fourth inning was the tipping point for the Mid-Penn newcomer – started by three Eagle base hits that snowballed due to some poor decision making and misplayed balls.
McCurdy said at times his players did not take outs and were trying to be too aggressive.
“It was one of those things where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” he said.
Mifflin County’s starting pitcher Shelby Lyter was impressive, striking out six Eagles in the season debut and Mara Rhodes had a multi-hit game for the Huskies.
“We did some things well, but we definitely have some things to improve,” McCurdy said.
“We didn’t play anywhere near what we are capable of playing – we have some solid pitching and we can play some solid defense,” he added.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin East Thursday at 4 p.m.
Newport 10, Midd-West 4
NEWPORT – The Newport softball team put up five runs in the bottom on the sixth en route to a 10-4 win in non-league action over Midd-West Tuesday, effectively dousing the Mustangs’ chance at their first win for the season.
“We were right there the entire game, but they just came out the bottom of the sixth and really hit the ball,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said.
Newport had 15 hits, including a 3-run homer, to Midd-West’s five hits.
Adrianne Gesselman threw for Midd-West, recording one strikeout. Teammate Brittany Cunningham had two hits and an RBI for the Mustangs. Brii Zeigler, Alley Sharp and Summer Brown also had RBIs.
Midd-West (0-2, 0-1) hosts Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin at 3:30 today, and Voss is ready to see what his team can do against the Indians.
“We’ll start against Shamokin, give it another shot and see what happens,” he said,
Track and field
Girls: Greenwood 121, Upper Dauphin 29
Boys: Greenwood 120, Upper Dauphin 29
MILLERSTOWN – The Greenwood girls landed first in all but three events, and the boys stole gold in every event but discus as both track and field teams soundly defeated Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin in the Wildcats’ first meet of the year Tuesday.
Highlights for the girls, who won 121-29, included a triple win for Abbey Korber, the only Wildcat on the girls team to do so Tuesday; sweeps of first, second and third in the shot put, high jump, javelin, triple jump, 800 meter and pole vault; and a personal best from Julia Sorber in the shot put at 31-3 1/4.
The boys team saw triples from Gabe Schroff and Scott Kerstetter plus sweeps of first, second and third in the 100 meter dash and the 800 meter run.
Greenwood hosts TVL opponent Juniata on Thursday.
Mifflin County 3, Susquehanna Township 2
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County won all three singles matches – all in straight sets – to pick up a Mid-Penn Conference win over Susquehanna Township in tennis Tuesday.
Connor Saltzer, Matt DeBenedetto and Clay Morgan clinched the match for the Huskies, with Morgan taking a 7-2 tiebreaker in his second set. Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said he’s anticipating an interesting doubles postseason when his two singles leaders, whose styles complement one another, will be allowed to enter.
While DeBenedetto puts a lot of spin on the ball, he said, “Connor hits a flat shot, he plays a flat game. He’s pretty good a the net and he’s a pretty athletic kid.”
The win improves Mifflin County to 4-3 heading into another league match Thursday at York’s Northern High School.
“The division and stuff, I’m still not as familiar with them as I should be,” Kyle admits. “But all these teams are Mid-Penn teams and for us to be 4-3 I’m happy.”