From staff reports
MIDDLEBURG – Pete Voss asked his Midd-West softball team after Friday’s game what could have been if the Mustangs had played all season like they did in their season finale.
It was a question that made the girls think, he said, after Midd-West knocked off Shikellamy 9-3 in the Heartland Conference game, just the second win for the Snyder County team this year.
He said the Mustangs finally came together, meeting the challenge in their last opportunity to do so.
“We put the whole game together,” he said. “We hit, we had good fielding and we had good pitching. We were like an entirely different team tonight.”
Adrianne Gesselman struck out six for the win. Britt Cunningham doubled and drove in a pair. Sarah Shambach (3-for-4), Emily Hackenberg (2-for-4) and Kaitlyn Walter (3-for-3) all contributed to the 10-hit night for their team. And the mistakes that have plagued the Mustangs were gone.
“We had one error, which made the difference,” Voss said. “When you don’t have those errors youre going to give yourself an awful lot of opportunities.”
Five seniors – four of them starters – played their last in a Midd-West uniform. The Mustangs end the season at 2-18.
Shikellamy 1 (5 innings)
BEAVER SPRINGS – Shikellamy, having been knocked out of the District 4 Class AA tournament, decided to use Friday’s season finale at Midd-West to give the next generation a chance to play.
Midd-West, having clinched a playoff berth for the first time in four years, made the most of the opportunity. The offense lit up the scoreboard as the Mustangs ended the season with a 15-1, mercy-rule shortened win.
“It was tough to play tonight. They knew they weren’t going to see a whole lot,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “(Shikellamy) played a lot of non-starters. The pitcher was a first-time pitcher.”
Six players doubled – Alex Lash did it twice – and five had multiple hits, with three each to lash and Colton Keister, who also drove in a pair of runs.
Midd-West (12-8) awaits the release of the District 4 bracket.
Track and field
District 3 championships
SHIPPENSBURG – Greenwood’s Emily Fisher became the first from her school to punch her ticket for state track, winning the Class AA discus in the first day of the combined District 3 track and field championships Friday.
Fisher threw 122 feet, 10 inches, outperforming the top seed and reaching the state qualifying standard.
Greenwood also had two placewinners and saw one hurdler qualify for today’s finals. The top two automatically advance.
Dillon Meehan had the best day in the field, taking fourth plays in the boys shot put. But his throw was below the state standard that the top three throwers met.
In the triple jump, Erin Zeiders finished eighth, the final placement spot.
Jordyn Sorber (girls 100) and Gabe Schroff (boys 110) both advanced from preliminaries to their respective semifinals in the hurdles, but only Schroff will run in his event again today. Sorber was the ninth to cross the line, missing a finals berth by 7/100 of a second. Schroff was the eighth finisher, which clinched a lane in today’s final.
The meet concludes today at Shippensburg University.
MARION CENTER – Mount Union needed a run heading into the top of the seventh against Marion Center in the first round of the District 6 Class AA softball tournament Thursday.
Enter Kristin Miles.
With the score at 3-3 and teammate Marissa Dimoff waiting at second, Miles stroked a double to left center to plate Dimoff and give the Trojans the final 4-3 lead for the win. And this hit wasn’t Miles’ first high moment, either.
During the very first at bat of the game, Miles rocketed a home run to give Mount Union the early 1-0 lead.
“She really started us. She obviously got us off in the right foot,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
With the lead in hand, the Trojans then got in a little bit of trouble when Marion Center put up three runs in the bottom of the second for the 3-1 lead.
“We had an error in the second inning which allowed a couple runs to score, but beside that (Marissa Aurand) really kept them off balance,” Fiscus said of his starting pitcher, who notched the win with three strikeouts and seven hits allowed.
Two runs in the top of the fifth plus the one for the lead in the seventh rounded out Mount Union’s scoring, propelling the Trojans (15-4) to the next round of the tournament Monday at No. 1 seed Philipsburg-Osceola.
Newport 6, Greenwood 2
NEWPORT – Greenwood trailed Tri-Valley League opponent Newport 8-5 in terms of hits Thursday on the softball diamond, but four errors proved to be the difference in the 6-2 loss for the Wildcats.
“We just weren’t good enough defensively to win,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said, whose team gave up four unearned runs in the contest.
In the second, the Wildcats put up their two runs when two walks and an error plated one and Brooke Louden singled to bring in teammate Brittany Fleisher for the second run.
Greenwood (6-11, 5-9) has completed its regular season and will begin its foray into the District 3 Class A tournament when it plays Upper Dauphin Thursday at a location yet to be determined.
Halifax 11, Juniata 8
MIFFLINTOWN – With nothing to lose in their next to last game of the season, the Juniata Indians tried to play spoiler to Halifax’s outright Tri-Valley League title Thursday. And in the end, the Indians brought it a lot closer than anyone would have expected.
“I think we caught everybody off guard tonight, including ourselves,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said, whose team came back from a first-inning 7-0 deficit to end the game at 11-8.
“I did everything I could to verbally and emotionally pump these guys up,” Beward said, explaining that his team showed a lot of heart by sticking in the game all seven innings.
Juniata was paced offensively by Ty Treaster, who finished the day with a homer, a double and three RBIs.
“I truly believe this baseball team is going in the right direction,” Beward said, further explaining that although the team is very young, it saw Thursday what it can accomplish in the future if it sticks together.
Juniata (4-15, 4-11) hosts Newport today for its last game of the season.
Newport 10, Greenwood 2
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood mustered just two runs on six hits Thursday in the season finale with Tri-Valley League opponent Newport and fell to the Buffaloes 10-2.
The Wildcats got two strikeouts from starting pitcher Adam Harrison and three from freshman Mitch Taylor but five free passes led to runs for Newport and Greenwood’s offense, though coming around, was stymied. Coach Mark Sherman noted his team’s improvement.
“Defensively we’ve gotten better,” he said. “We need to work on our hitting.”
Josh Shuman slapped a double for the Wildcats and Tony Reid collected two RBIs on the day.
Greenwood finishes its season at 1-19
East Juniata 25, Lancaster Country Day 4 (3 innings)
LANCASTER – East Juniata exploded for 18 hits Thursday in its Tri-Valley League finale at Lancaster Country Day and crushed the Cougars 25-4 in three innings.
Bailey Coder got the nod for the Tigers and pounded the zone, striking out seven hitters. Coder also did it at the plate as the tall right hander cranked two home runs, including a grand slam in the top of the second. The home run was part of a five-homer day for the Tigers. Teammates Nick Lorenz, Ryan Stuck and Jesse Watts also hit home runs in the game.
Dalton Rowe, Cole Snyder and Dillon Leonard also had solid days from the plate, each smacking a double. Rowe finished the day with three hits.
East Juniata (15-4, 14-3) hopes Thursday’s offensive explosion carries over to the district playoffs next week. The date and opponent are yet to be determined.
COCOLAMUS – Newport pitcher Jordan Clegg may have gotten eight strikeouts against East Juniata Wednesday on the baseball diamond, but that didn’t slow the Tigers down as they dropped Newport 10-0 in five innings for the Tri-Valley League win.
The Tigers struck early, plating five runs in the first and never looking back.
Offensively, East Juniata was paced by a Bailey Coder triple and double, plus one double apiece from Jesse Watts and Dalton Rowe. The Tigers also had two RBIs apiece from Ryan Stuck, Dillon Leonard, Rowe and Coder.
Stuck picked up the win, striking out two and allowing only two Newport hits.
“Ryan just pitched a real clean baseball game. He got the batters to hit the ball on the ground and had a couple fly balls, but really was in control throughout the whole game,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said.
East Juniata (14-4, 12-3) travels to Lancaster Country Day on today for the last game of the regular season.
Altoona 3, Mifflin County 1
ALTOONA – Poor contact at the plate plus a few hard-hit balls directed right at Altoona defenders proved to be Mifflin County’s downfall Wednesday when the Huskies fell to the non-league opponent 3-1 on the baseball diamond.
Winning pitcher Ben Wyland threw two strikeouts and only allowed three Mifflin County hits verses Seth Wagner’s two strikeout, seven-hit performance.
“I felt like we had to be aggressive, Wyland threw a good game. I don’t think we were over aggressive, but we were swinging at too many pitches that weren’t strikes,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said.
Zook credited Wagner for a strong performance, and said that for future success the team needs to cut back on errors and deliver more results at the plate.
“Defensively, with three errors in a tight ball game like that, we’re not going to come away with a the win,” Zook said.
Mifflin County (9-11, 7-8) has completed its regular season and won’t play again until May 23 when the Huskies host Central Mountain for their first game in the District 6 Class AAAA tournament.
Midd-West 11, Troy 2
BEAVER SPRINGS – The Midd-West baseball team might have had trouble defensively with its five errors Wednesday against non-conference opponent Troy, but the Mustangs made up for it at the plate, scoring 11 runs on 16 hits to drop Troy, 11-2.
“We just got key base hits when we needed them,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “That’s the key to success.”
Midd-West’s only batter to get extra bases was Hunter Shuff with a double, but RBIs from Luke Zimmerman, Shane Connahan, Austin Hockenbrock, Aaron Sharp, Marcus Benfer and Sam Lash allowed the Mustang to score throughout the game.
Colton Keister took the win from the mound, allowing four hits and two runs.
“He didn’t throw his best, but when you only give up four hits and strikeout five, we’ll take that every night,” Flood said.
Midd-West (11-8) plays its last game of the regular season when it hosts Shikellamy Friday.
Shamokin 16, Midd-West 0 (3 innings)
COAL TOWNSHIP – It was a dry day at the plate for Midd-West softball on Wednesday, as the Mustangs failed to notch a hit in their 16-0 loss to Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin in three innings.
Starting pitcher Adrianne Gesselman had a rocky first inning against the Indians, walking four and giving up five runs, so in the second coach Pete Voss decided to give freshman Lori Yoder a chance from the circle.
In the second Shamokin put up 11 runs, but Yoder managed to get a strikeout in her fourth inning of varsity experience.
“Lori Yoder is a freshman, it’s a big jump. She’s jumping from town ball right to varsity. She was throwing strikes … she’s still very young and is developing,” Voss said.
The Mustangs (1-17) have their final game of the season Friday, when they play host to Shikellamy.
Centre County League
Lewistown 7, Lemont 6
LEWISTOWN – The Predators trailed Centre County Baseball League opponent Lemont 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but put up six runs including a go-ahead single from Mike Higgens for the win Wednesday.
Sean Heckert had two hits for the Predators, and Cody Heane picked up the win.
Wednesday, Mifflin County’s home softball game against State College was postponed to today at 4:15 p.m. at Snyder Field in Reedsville. The Milroy Coyotes’ Centre County Baseball game at Philipsburg-Osceola was also postponed to a date yet to be determined.
Today, Juniata’s softball game with Halifax has been postponed to May 21.
MILTON – After a three-year drought, Midd-West baseball is headed back to districts when a 6-3 win over Heartland Conference opponent Milton on Tuesday propelled the Mustangs into the tournament.
Midd-West trailed the Panthers most of the game, but a big four-run seventh inning gave the Mustangs the victory.
Coach Ron Flood gave his pitchers Austin Hockenbrock and Alex Lash a lot of credit.
“Lash was throwing a good ball game, he only gave up three runs,” Flood said.
Lash threw five strikeouts until he was taken out in the late innings for Hockenbrock, who threw four strikeouts of his own to hold off the Panthers.
Flood also gave credit to Luke Zimmerman, who had three doubles and two RBIs in his 3-for-4 outing.
Midd-West (10-8) plays host to Troy today.
Lancaster Country Day 6, Greenwood 4
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood’s Brady Stover had an outstanding day from the mound Tuesday, striking out 13 Lancaster Country Day batters in his seven innings of work. However, the Wildcats had trouble manufacturing the necessary runs, and fell to the Tri-Valley League opponent, 6-4.
“Brady had complete control of the game, it’s just a shame we couldn’t produce some runs early,” Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said. “It’s the best outing he’s had all season.”
Greenwood did get four runs in the bottom of the sixth, with one RBI apiece from Josh Noll and Noah Wright accounting for two of the four, but that was the Wildcats’ only inning to light up the scoreboard.
The Wildcats have their last game of the season Thursday when they play host to Newport.
Line Mountain 14, Juniata 4 (6 innings)
HERNDON – Juniata’s struggles with recording the third out this season continued Tuesday as the Indians fell 14-4 to Tri-Valley League foe Line Mountain in six innings.
Juniata got on the board first with two runs in the opening frame and it looked like the visitors would have a shutdown inning as starting pitcher Chad Eberle retired the first two hitters, but Line Mountain went on to score three two-out runs to take the one run lead.
“That’s just the way the season has gone for us,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said. “We couldn’t get the third out.”
Despite the early one-run deficit, Beward’s team battled to within two runs in the fifth behind hits by Stephen Zearfaus and Austin Berry but the Eagles came back in the home half of the fifth and turned it up a notch. After allowing the first two runners to reach, Beward made a pitching change – the adjustment backfired though and the Eagles went on to score seven runs, putting the game out of reach.
“We battled up until the fifth inning,” Beward said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win but we just didn’t come through.”
Juniata (4-14, 4-10) hosts Halifax Thursday.
Halifax 3, East Juniata 2
HALIFAX – A few close plays can make all the difference in a game of baseball, and East Juniata faced the harsh end of this reality Tuesday when the Tigers lost to Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax, 3-2.
In the second inning, East Juniata had two runners called out at home, and that could have been the difference in the game. The inning started strong with three-straight singles from the Tigers, but although they kept putting the ball in play, the outs at home proved harmful.
“That pretty much did us in. We scored another one in the fourth inning, but that was the tough inning,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said.
Starting pitcher Nick Lorenz threw 11 strikeouts, but also gave up six walks as he took the loss. Dillon Leonard went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
East Juniata (13-4, 11-3) has two games remaining in the regular season, including today’s game at home against Newport.
Juniata 16, Line Mountain 1 (4 innings)
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata made short work of Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain Tuesday on the softball diamond.
In four innings, the Indians put up 16 runs on as many hits and pitcher Brinley Irvin only allowed the Eagles on base three times in her one-hit effort as the Indians buried Line Mountain, 16-1.
Offensively Juniata was unstoppable, as multiple RBIs from Kristen Pray, Irvin, Micheh Horning, Hali Weiand and Summer Swab put the Indians across home plate time and again.
In addition to her three RBIs, Pray pulled through with a home run and triple in her 2-for-2 evening at the plate.
“They’re not giving up and they’re fighting hard. I’m proud of them,” Juniata coach Brian Sheaffer said, pointing out that in the past two games his team has been hitting the ball exceptionally well.
Today Juniata (7-7, 6-5) has a chance to tie with Upper Dauphin for the TVL title when the Indians host the Trojans for the conclusion of a game suspended earlier in the season. This game will pick up in the fifth inning at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards, Juniata will host East Juniata with a 5:30 p.m. start time.
Halifax 15, East Juniata 5 (5 innings)
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata fought back hard against Halifax’s lead Tuesday by scoring runs in the last three innings of the Tri-Valley League softball game, but ultimately the Tigers still fell short in the 15-5 loss.
“Our girls stayed in it, they kept their positive momentum throughout and it came through with getting some runs in the last innings,” East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
East Juniata had RBIs from Lydia Hunter, Sam Lash and Lauren Maguire in the team’s five-hit effort, but it was all overshadowed by a grand slam shot by Halifax’s Chelsea Konyar in the top of the third.
“I’ve never seen a ball hit that far. They (Halifax) were hitting the ball very far tonight,” Schilling said.
Today East Juniata (3-14) travels to Juniata at 5:30 p.m. for the conclusion of the Tigers’ season.
LEWISBERRY – Mifflin County made the long drive to Lewisberry for the second time Monday, but this time, the softball team had the advantage of a 1-0 lead when the bus arrived.
It didn’t last. The Patriots evened the score in the third, and took a brief lead in the fifth, but the Huskies came away with the Commonwealth Division win, 3-2.
The game, suspended after a false start less than a week ago, picked up in the bottom of the second with Red Land at bat. The Patriots had two outs, two strikes and a runner on, but little chance against Shelby Lyter, who ended up with 10 strikeouts in the complete-game victory.
“Obviously even on a somewhat off night for her she’s going to keep you in games,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
Offensively, the Huskies were led by Tara Kibe (3-for-3 with an RBI) and Macie Lucas (2-for-4). Allessa Morrison and Jordan Shirey also drove in runs. McCurdy said he was surprised the Patriots were not among the top teams in the division based on how they played the Huskies this year.
“They have a great defense and a couple hitters that are really hard to get out,” he said.
Mifflin County (14-5, 12-3) host State College Wednesday at Steve Snyder Field in Reedsville.
East Juniata 1 (5 innings)
NEWPORT – East Juniata put up one run in the fifth when Lydia Hunter hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home teammate Ashlyn Erhard, but Newport responded with three in the bottom of the inning to end the game early under the 10-run rule with the 11-1 win.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, Kiley Sheaffer and Taylor Marker were the only Tigers to notch a hit while Erhard took the loss on the mound with two strikeouts to her two walks.
“Newport was a very solid team, hitting the ball very well. I thought the girls played well, they just faced a much better opponent,” East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
East Juniata looks for its fourth win today when the Tigers host Halifax.
Mifflin County 6, Philipsburg-Osceola 4
PHILIPSBURG – Mifflin County has seen teams come back late in baseball games this spring. Monday, it was the Huskies who took the late win.
Mifflin County put up four runs in the seventh to slide by Philipsburg-Osceola, 6-4, in a non-league game.
“A lot of these games have not gone our way. It was nice to have a late seventh inning rally,” Huskies coach Travis Zook said.
The Mounties got in front in the third after tying the game 2-2 in the second. Starting pitcher Rodney Patterson, whom Zook said had a good outing overall, saw all four Philipsburg runs score while he was on the hill, albeit only three earned.
Mifflin County got two innings of superb relief after that from Seth Wagner, who struck out all six batters he faced for the win. Isaiah Kearns picked up a save.
Lucas McKay and Jacob Larson each doubled for the Huskies; Larson drove in a pair of runs and McKay plated one.
“We had nine hits but we stranded a lot of runners,” Zook said, adding that the team accumulated five steals.
Mifflin County (9-9) heads to State College today for a 2 p.m. game. The No. 2 seed Huskies play Altoona this week and then rest until May 23, when they host Central Mountain in the District 6 Class AAAA semifinals.
Midd-West 10, Greenwood 0 (5 innings)
BEAVER SPRINGS – Four Midd-West pitchers combined for a no-hitter against Greenwood as the Mustangs moved a game over .500 in non-league baseball action Monday.
The win was crucial for Midd-West, which now needs just one more – with three games to go this week – to clinch a District 4 playoff berth.
“That’s all we needed – just a win,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we got it.”
The Mustangs got a total of 10 strikeouts from their pitching staff; Greenwood’s hurlers issued nine walks.
Colton Keister picked up the win in relief and had two hits in the game. Hunter Shuff was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Midd-West (9-8) travels to Milton today.
NEWPORT – The Juniata softball team clubbed 18 hits and pushed across 17 runs Thursday in a high scoring 17-10 win over Tri-Valley League opponent Newport.
The Indians got hits from five players and multiple base knocks from Kristen Pray, Summer Swab and Mady Marrone. Pray also had three RBIs while Swab and Marrone chipped in two as well.
Brinley Irvin settled down in the circle after surrendering four runs to the Buffaloes in the first inning as she tossed two strikeouts and walked four Newport hitters.
After a scoreless second inning, the Indians struck hard and put the game out of reach with an eight-run third inning. The Indians would go on to score at least one in each of the next three innings to extend the lead.
Juniata (6-7, 5-5) plays its next game Tuesday.
LEWISBERRY – Mifflin County led Red Land, 1-0, in Commonwealth Division softball action Wednesday, but poor weather conditions forced the game into a suspension during the bottom of the second.
Mifflin County pitcher Shelby Lyter – who had already notched three strikeouts – had the mound with a runner on third and two outs when the game was suspended.
In the first inning, Mifflin County scored its run when Tara Kibe hit one in the gap to left center to bring home Maggie Wray from second. Previously, Rachel Zimmerman had crossed home on an error in leftfield, but the run was recalled when it was determined Zimmerman failed to touch third on her way home.
Mifflin County hosts State College today.
DUNCANNON – Greenwood’s Scott Kerstetter was just a hair shy of retiring a 24-year-old school record in the 400-meter dash Saturday at the Stan Morgan Invitational.
Monday, when Greenwood traveled to Susquenita for the Perry County Tournament, Saturday was just a bad dream.
With a time of 51.88, Kerstetter not only landed first in the event – one of his three first place finishes – but beat the school record of 51.90.
“I thought he would get the school record last year, but things didn’t work out from an injuries perspective, but he got it this year,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said.
The boys team finished first at the meet with a team score of 95. After Kerstetter, other standouts for the boys included Hunter Miller’s triple, including a personal best in the 1,600; Gabe Schroff’s wins in the 100-meter dash and the high jump, in which he scored a personal best of 5 feet, 8 inches in addition to his personal best in the 300 hurdles; and Dillon Meehan’s personal best throw of 48 feet three and 1/2 inches for first place in the shot put.
On the girls team, Erin Zeiders had four first place finishes, including personal bests in the 200 and the long jump; Emily Fisher’s first in the the discus, first in the shot put with a personal best of 34 feet eight and 3/4 inches and third in the javelin, which was also a personal best; plus Hattie Kuhns’ triple in the 100, 400 and 4×400.
Overall, the girls team scored 111 points for first place.
Greenwood (Boys: 9-1, 7-1; Girls: 8-2, 6-2) travels to the Tri-Valley League Meet at West Perry High School on Wednesday.
West Perry 16, Juniata 1 (4 innings)
ELLIOTSBURG – Juniata took a 1-0 lead over non-league baseball opponent West Perry on Monday on a Chase Rupert RBI, but the Indians’ fate was quickly reversed after West Perry scored 16 runs in the remainder of the game to drop Juniata, 16-1, in four innings.
“It was a 16-1 loss, but we did put the ball in play. We only struck out two times,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said, who was also quick to identify the top of the second as the turning point of the game.
In the second, West Perry plated seven runners, taking advantage of a few Juniata errors to stretch out the inning.
“I stress that over and over. You give a team extra outs, it’s going to come back to haunt you,” Beward said.
Juniata (3-13, 3-9) hosts Millersburg today.
Montoursville 9, Midd-West 8
BEAVER SPRINGS – Midd-West played catchup against Montoursville twice, but the pesky visitors got a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Heartland Conference baseball game in the books, 9-8.
“We came back and made it a ball game,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “We had a man on second base in the seventh and couldn’t get him in. But we gave them a couple too with our errors.”
Hunter Shuff had a homer and drove in four runs for the Mustangs.
Midd-West (8-8) travels to Milton Wednesday.
Mount Union 6, Tyrone 2
MOUNT UNION – After an injury to starting catcher Boomer Brown over the weekend, the Mount Union baseball team was required to do some shuffling around on the field to fill his spot.
Monday, after the Trojans’ 6-2 non-conference win over Tyrone, it appeared that shuffling around was no problem.
In the game Cole Boozel went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a two-run homer – the first homer Mount Union has had this season at home – starting pitcher Darrian Stapleton went the distance for the win and the defense stood strong behind him to put Mount Union’s record at 13-4.
“We capitalized on the opportunities that we had, and really had superb defense,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “I was very pleased and very impressed with how we played tonight.”
Mount Union completes its Inter-County Conference schedule today when it travels to West Branch, and is scheduled to have two more regular season games before the District 6 Class AA tournament begins.
Hollidaysburg 5, Mount Union 1
HOLLIDAYSBURG – For a team that normally strings together plenty of hits in a game, Mount Union softball had an off day Monday when the Trojans only managed one run on two hits in their 5-1 loss to non-conference opponent Hollidaysburg.
Mount Union’s one run occurred in the top of the fourth, when Liza Feagley reached on an error then teammate Marissa Aurand brought her home with an RBI single.
Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said some of the frustration from the team’s loss to Everett over the weekend carried into Monday’s game.
“Some carry over from Friday, we didn’t come out sharp. Hopefully we can get it turned around tomorrow against West Branch,” he said.
This game against West Branch is home today with a 4:15 p.m. start. Mount Union (13-4) will honor its seniors today.
Fannett-Metal 14, Greenwood 1 (5 innings)
METAL – Greenwood scored one run on three hits and struck out eight times to Fannett-Metal’s Blaire Louthers as the Wildcats lost the non-league game 14-1 in five innings Monday.
Greenwood’s one run was scored in the top of the first when Katie Osborne reached on an error, Brooke Louden advanced her with a single then Chelsea Hicks came through with an RBI single to bring Osborne home.
Other than that, Greenwood struggled to put runners on base against Louthers.
“(Louther’s) a dominant pitcher. She’s thrown the hardest out of anyone that we’ve seen yet to this point,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
Greenwood (3-8, 3-6) travels to Halifax today.
* Mount Union 12, Hollidaysburg 0: Sarah Gearhart struck out 12 in the win. Cheyenne Fye and Alexis Secrest were 3-4.
* Mount Union 16, Hollidaysburg 4: Diana Rohrer was 3-4. Mount Union (17-1) hosts West Branch today.
PHILIPSBURG – The Mifflin County softball team traveled outside the Commonwealth Division for a round-robin style tournament with Philipsburg-Osceola and Altoona on Saturday, and came away with both a win and a loss for its efforts.
In their first game, the Huskies topped Altoona 15-13 despite the fact that Altoona outhit them 17-14.
“The Altoona game was surprising to me. I thought we would definitely do a little bit better in that game…Altoona really did an exceptional job of just hitting the ball,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
But if the game was all about hitting, freshman pitcher Hannah Ruby shouldn’t be forgotten.
Altoona had the bases loaded on two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and the freshman came in for her first glimpse of varsity experience to seal the Huskies’ win.
“She came out and closed that Altoona game. And we needed her to do that. It was 15-13 with bases loaded with two outs, and we pulled her up from the JV game to come in and close the game, and she did that,” McCurdy said, explaining that she got the last strikeout in three pitches.
In the second game Ruby got the start, but after a strong first inning was quickly unraveled by Philipsburg-Osceola.
Rachel Zimmerman completed the rest of the game for Ruby, but the Huskies were defeated 10-0 in six innings by a Philipsburg-Osceola team which McCurdy predicts will make a run in this year’s state tournament.
Mifflin County (12-5) has its last three games of the regular season this week, beginning with Tuesday’s game at Cedar Cliff.
Track and field
Stan Morgan Invitational
CARLISLE – It’s no exaggeration to say Greenwood’s Emily Fisher had a great day at Saturday’s Stan Morgan Invitational.
A three-time place winner – more than any other Wildcat was able to place on the day – Fisher was the only athlete from Greenwood to get a first place finish with her 118 meter throw in the discus.
Overall, the girls team scored 35 points to finish seventh out of 12 teams. In addition to Fisher, who also finished second in the shot put, other top four finishes from the girls included the 4×800 relay team, Hattie Kuhns’ fourth in the 400-meter dash and Sierra Stephens’ fourth in the javelin.
For the boys, the 4×400 team lead the way with a second place finish as 38 team points put the Wildcats in seventh out of 11 teams.
The boys highest individual placewinner was Dillon Meehan with a second-place effort in the shot put.
Teammate Scott Kerstetter also finished third in the 400 and Gabe Schroff got third in the 110 hurdles.
From staff reports
MOUNT UNION – The Trojans got a solid effort by Liza Feagley in non-league action Friday with Everett but it fell short as the Warriors outlasted Mount Union and took the contest 4-2.
Feagley seemed to be the only Mount Union player to catch on to Everett’s hard throwing pitcher as she launched two balls beyond the fence, accounting for each of her team’s runs.
“We really didn’t hit like we usually do,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “No one besides (Liza) got on to her.”
Feagley also held her own from the circle Friday, pitching all seven innings while striking out seven and only distributing two free passes. The defense was uncharacteristically faulty and committed four errors behind Feagley.
“We really didn’t play well in the field and we made mistakes that we don’t normally make,” Fiscus said. “We just didn’t have it today.”
Kaitlyn Querry also had a hit for the Trojans.
Mount Union (13-3, 11-2) travels to Hollidaysburg Monday.
Susquenita 14, Greenwood 3 (5 innings)
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood softball couldn’t avoid the big inning Friday against Susquenita in the resumption of a suspended game due to inclement weather and the Wildcats took the loss 14-3 in five innings.
“The big innings are always a problem,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “We need to find a way to take a 3-run inning and keep it from getting to a 9-run inning.”
Jess Heichel started the game from the circle before the contest was delayed. Brooke Louden finished the game and Gantt said she threw well but Susquenita took advantages of the few mistakes she made.
The Wildcats were down 14-0 heading to the bottom half of the eighth when the bats came alive. The team plated three runs but it wasn’t enough to overcome the team’s six errors.
Greenwood (3-7) travels to Fannett-Metal Monday.
Selinsgrove 6, Midd-West 2
BEAVER SPRINGS – Midd-West’s baseball squad was unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities Friday and Selinsgrove was. The Mustangs came out on the wrong end of a 6-2 score to the Heartland foe.
Colton Keister struck out five hitters in the loss and also went 2-for-4 at the plate but five free passes and four errors proved to be the difference.
“We made four mistakes,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “When they got people on they took advantage of them – they hit the ball when they had to.”
Austin Hockenbrock and Colton Snook each had a hit and RBI in the loss.
“(Keister and Hockenbrock) are hitting the ball well,” Flood said. “We had some opportunities – it was just one of those nights when we didn’t hit when we had to and they did.”
Midd-West (8-7, 4-7) hosts Montoursville Monday.
ALTOONA – Mifflin County sent two doubles squads to Altoona Friday to compete in the District 6 Class AAA doubles championships but neither team made it out of the first round. Quarterfinal hopefuls Cody Donaldson and Clay Morgan lost in straight sets as did Conner Saltzer and Matt DeBenedetto.
Donaldson and Morgan fell to Max Sheetz and Jordan Kirsch of Hollidaysburg 6-3 and 6-1. The Huskies duo was able to muster three games in the first set but the team ran out of steam and was bounced from championship contention.
Mifflin County’s No. 1 and No. 2 players Saltzer and DeBenedetto joined forces and faced off against Altoona’s Mustafa Ahmad and Chris Reighard whose home court advantage proved to be the difference. Saltzer and DeBenedetto played hard but fell 6-3 in the first set. The team scratched out four games in the second set but Ahmad and Reighard were too strong and took the set 6-4, ending Saltzer and DeBenedetto’s season.
Mount Union 14, Everett 0 (5 innings). Sarah Gearhart took the win from the circle with nine strikeouts. Cheyenne Fye went 3-for-3 from the plate and Abby Varner slapped two hits, including a double, in the win. Mount Union (16-1) travels to Hollidaysburg Monday.
MILLERSTOWN – Mark Sherman will not finish his rookie coaching year without a win.
Greenwood’s first-year skipper, who has watched his team struggle through to this point without coming out on top of the scoreboard, got there Wednesday and in a big way – the Wildcats showered Carson Long with eight hits, outscoring the Warriors 17-2 in a four-inning, non-league baseball game.
“We played solid ball. We did a lot right,” Sherman said. “They played better instinctively today.”
Sherman said his team did a good job reading pitches and running aggressively. Five walks issued by Carson Long’s pitcher and a half dozen Warrior errors helped Greenwood to the win.
“It was a good learning game,” Sherman said.
He’s still concerned about pitching – Greenwood’s staff put seven on base for free while striking out just four – but said they got ahead on the count and held on.
The ‘Cats host Halifax today.
Jersey Shore 9, Midd-West 4
JERSEY SHORE – Midd-West took an early 4-0 lead over Heartland Conference opponent Jersey Shore on Wednesday in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered right away with three of their own in the bottom of the inning, then scored six more times for the 9-4 win.
Jersey Shore winning pitcher Travis Bradley only had three strikeouts, so the Mustangs were putting the ball in play, but just couldn’t get the base hits.
“Like I said we didn’t quit, we didn’t give up, we just couldn’t get the base hit,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said, highlighting that Shane Connahan collected two RBIs off his first-inning single and Alex Sharp also had an RBI single in the first.
Midd-West (7-6) hosts Danville today.
Penns Valley 13, East Juniata 1
SPRING MILLS – East Juniata could only muster seven hits to Penns Valley’s 13 Wednesday during a non-league baseball game, and it hurt the Tigers in the end as they fell 13-1.
Bailey Coder took the loss for East Juniata, but was also the only Tiger to cross the plate, as a he was brought home by Dillon Leonard after reaching on a triple.
East Juniata (9-3, 7-2) gets back into Tri-Valley League action today when it travels to Newport.
Mount Union 14, Central Cambria 2 (5 innings)
MOUNT UNION – A solid first inning was followed by a huge second as Mount Union pounded out 10 hits in a 14-2 win over Central Cambria in a non-league baseball game Wednesday.
The game opened with Boomer Brown drawing a walk and the inning included five straight hits.
“The one thing I did like was how we came out in the first inning,” Trojans coach Nick Imperioli said. “We hit the ball the way I like to see it. It was some of the best hitting I’ve seen us do this year.”
The 11-run second also started with free passes, boosted by timely hits to take advantage, he said. Cory Kylor and Brady Goodling were both 2-for-2 at the plate; Kylor drove in three runs.
Mount Union (12-3) travels to Bellwood-Antis today.
Line Mountain 11, Greenwood 5
HERNDON – Greenwood was doing its best to stick with Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain during Wednesday’s softball game, but the Eagles’ six-run sixth in addition to the lead they already had deflated the Wildcats’ effort as they fell in the eventual 11-5 final score.
“We were right there again, it’s just a matter of playing a complete game and getting the win,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
Chelsea Hicks had a double and one RBI for the Wildcats, teammate Katie Osborne also reached second and had an RBI, and Brittany Fleisher and Amy Heggenstaller both went 2-for-4 with Heggenstaller picking up two RBIs.
Greenwood (3-7, 3-7) will resume its previously suspended Perry County tournament game with Susquenita at home Friday.
Central Dauphin 1, Mifflin County 0
HARRISBURG – It took six innings for a runner to cross the plate. Unfortunately for Mifflin County, it was a Central Dauphin runner.
Alexis Hess had an RBI single in the sixth, plating the lone run in a 1-0 Rams’ victory in the Commonwealth Division softball game.
“It was a well-played game. Both teams played defensively very well,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
Shelby Lyter had a strong outing in the circle despite the loss, striking out five without a walk. Jordan Myers, Taylor Boyer and Jordan Shirey had hits for the Huskies.
Mifflin County (10-4, 9-3) hosts Carlisle today.
Juniata 6, Carson Long 1
MIFFLINTOWN – The Indians had to put off what was scheduled to be Monday’s tennis match against Carson Long until Wednesday due to bad weather.
The delay didn’t seem to have any negative effect on Juniata’s play.
Winning six of the seven total matches – five of which were won in either one set or two straight sets – the Indians took the 6-1 non-league win.
Brad Strawser had the closest singles match, falling to Carson Long’s Arden Kennedy 4-6 in the first set before rebounding 6-2, 10-4 for the win. Strawser’s teammates Isaac Eck, Logan Aurand, Brad Lipka, Chantz Imes and the doubles team of Luis Pacheco and Ricky Heck were responsible for Juniata’s other wins.
Juniata’s record is at 9-2, and today two Indian doubles teams will compete in the District 6 Class AA doubles tournament in Mifflintown.
Babe Ruth baseball
Belleville 8, Milroy 4
MILROY – Belleville has played all three of the top teams in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League and just missed pulling off upsets against Lewistown and Beaver Springs.
On Wednesday, the Big Valley squad took on third place Milroy. This time, things fell in place for Belleville as it pulled off the upset and stunned the third-place team, 8-4.
Belleville’s Eddie Hamman worked the first 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and four runs. Milroy scored three times in the second inning thanks to three Belleville errors and two singles from Graham Rhoades and Jared Soles.
Isaac Maclay came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and got a ground out to end the inning. He then picked up the save with a scoreless seventh as the game ended on a double play.
Rhoades picked up his second hit with an RBI single in the fourth, giving Milroy a 4-2 lead.
Belleville responded in the fifth with a four-run inning thanks to three hits, including an RBI double from Maclay. Milroy walked two in the inning and had a passed ball and Belleville used a squeeze bunt from Kyle Peachey to add to the Milroy misery.
The big hitting star for Belleville was Tyler Bedelyon, who had four hits including a double. Dylan Billett, Maclay and Trent Yoder each had two hits. Both of Maclay’s hits went for two bases and one of Billett’s was a double.
Rhoades, Soles and Jake Smith each had two hits for Milroy and one of Smith’s was a double.
MILLERSTOWN – East Juniata has been waiting through 32 track and field seasons to win a second boys Tri-Valley League championship.
This year, after beating Greenwood on their own track, the Tigers were in position to win it. Instead, they’ll have to settle for a tie.
Greenwood won both meets against East Juniata Tuesday, stopping the boys by an 83-67 score and winning the girls meet, 89-60. That means a split for the regular season between the two boys teams. Barring an upset loss in East Juniata’s final meet, the two will share the title.
“Hey, we tied. I can’t complain,” Tigers coach Mark Ritzman said. “The thing is tonight we showed up and they beat us – we didn’t lose.
“I’m just thrilled to be able to be in this situation.”
Ritzman pulled out all the stops, splitting up his 4×400 relay team to try and take more individual points. In some events it worked.
“I made a lot of changes tonight. It actually worked,” he said. “It was places that didn’t change – events we won last time we didn’t win this time.”
“He made some good moves I thought. He used his people well,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. “It was just like the (meet at East Juniata) in that there were a lot of terrific races.”
Greenwood got back the shot put that Magill put much emphasis on last time, but the Tigers got an edge in the javelin where Greenwood was short staffed. Dexter Ehrenzeller and David Brantley got extra points in the 800 and the triple jump, respectively. Both teams saw personal bests.
If there was a difference, it was the event that one team enters and the other doesn’t: the pole vault. Among contested events, it was as close as a meet can get.
Ritzman can at least take solace that his team tied one that has dominated the Tri-Valley League year after year. East Juniata’s only boys title was in 1982; the girls won it in 1988.
In the girls meet, Greenwood’s Jen Campbell, Emily Black, Alyscia Smith and Hattie Kuhns not only ran a personal best in the 4×400 relay, but broke a track record that had stood since 1997 with their 4:22.4 time.
Greenwood (Boys: 7-1; Girls: 6-2) travels to Susquenita Monday for the Perry County meet. East Juniata (Boys: 6-1; Girls: 1-6) hosts Upper Dauphin Thursday.
Track and field
LOYSBURG – It has been a tough season for Mount Union’s boys and girls track teams. A trip to Northern Bedford Tuesday didn’t exactly help matters as both teams fell in each of their three meets to West Branch, Southern Fulton and Northern Bedford.
The meets were not without highlights though, as top performers for the girls included Tynita White in the shot put and Brooke Staley crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter run. Alana Saulen blew away the competition in the 100-meter dash and Anna Kuklo took first in the discus. Katrina Hammon led the girls by collecting first-place finishes in four events. Hammon won the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Despite the team losses, coach Bob Wydock is optimistic about his district qualifiers on his squad.
The boys’ first place finishes all came in the field. Austin Low won the pole vault and James Nicastro took first in the high jump. Cody Miller grabbed first with an impressive shot put throw and Alex Varner took first in the discus. Chris Hollibaugh rounded out the group with a first-place win in the triple jump.
Mount Union hosts Everett Thursday.
Midd-West 8, Shikellamy 1
SUNBURY – Colton Keister fanned seven Braves Tuesday and Luke Zimmerman blasted a no-doubter to lift Midd-West over Shikellamy 8-1 in the continuation of a suspended Heartland Conference game from April 19.
Midd-West’s coach Ron Flood said he wasn’t particularly pleased with his team’s hitting performance, but was happy for his players for notching the victory against a team that has handled the Mustangs in recent years.
“That’s a big win – we haven’t beaten them for a couple of years,” he said. “It’s big for the kids when you beat a team that has dominated you over the years.”
Flood’s defense played error-free baseball and the team had three players knock in two RBIs. Zimmerman, Alex Lash and Aaron Sharp each collected two RBIs and Austin Hockenbrock notched one of his own in the victory.
Midd-West (7-5, 3-5) travels to Jersey Shore today.
Mount Union 13, Glendale 0 (4 innings)
FLINTON – After an eight-run effort in the top of the first, Mount Union had a comfortable lead over Inter-County Conference opponent Glendale. Three innings later, the Trojans had the 13-0 lead to end Tuesday’s game early in four innings.
“We came out in the first inning I thought we were pretty aggressive. We took advantage of a couple misplays and walks and we had a couple hits. Pretty much that was what we did throughout the shortened game,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said, explaining that even though the Trojans had help from Glendale pitcher Keith Gate’s eight walks, they came through with clutch hits to take advantage of those opportunities.
Imperioli also pointed out winning pitcher Darrian Stapleton, who threw 40 strikes in his efficient 53-pitch game to hold Glendale to just three hits and no runs.
“It was obviously a very efficient game by Darrian,” Imperioli said.
Boomer Brown had a two RBI triple and teammate Cory Kyler went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Mount Union (11-3) hosts non-conference opponent Central Cambria today.
Mifflin County 8, Chambersburg 0
CHAMBERSBURG – Mifflin County pitcher Shelby Lyter was doing so well against Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg on Tuesday that when coach Jack McCurdy decided to take her out after five innings, even the umpire wondered why.
“He was like, ‘You’re taking her out?'” McCurdy said, explaining that he was looking ahead to future games and wanted Rachel Zimmerman to get some time in the circle in addition to Lyter.
In Lyter’s 10-strikeout effort, seven of the last eight outs she pitched came as a K.
“She had a fantastic game,” McCurdy said, summing up her solid performance. But, McCurdy also explained that the offense was right behind Lyter, putting together 11 hits in what has become a typical day at the plate for the Huskies.
“We’re always right around 10 hits or so, it’s just a matter of whether we’re stringing them together,” McCurdy said.
The JV team was also successful against Chambersburg in its 2-1 win.
On Saturday, the Huskies competed in the Central Mountain Tournament. The team went 1-1, including an exciting 1-0 win over Jersey Shore with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the eighth from Taylor Boyer.
Mifflin County (10-3, 9-2) travels to Central Dauphin today.
Mifflinburg 22, Midd-West 0 (3 innings)
MIDDLEBURG – Ali Lloyd’s second-inning grand slam looked small after Mifflinburg put up 13 runs in the first, as the Wildcats handed Midd-West a lopsided 22-0 loss Tuesday in Heartland Conference softball.
“They hit the ball really hard,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. “They are a really good team and I think they’re going to make a lot of noise in districts.”
Kayla Kline also had a homer and a double for the visitors. Lloyd won in the circle with a one-hitter.
Midd-West hosts Danville Thursday.
Mount Union 20, Glendale 1 (3 innings)
FLINTON – Mount Union didn’t have a lot of big hits – the Trojans just hit a lot. Brittany Brumbaugh’s homer was the lone extra-base hit in a 20-1, three-inning win in the Inter-County Conference softball game Tuesday.
Mount Union has put up big offensive numbers all season, with 156 runs scored in games that count – and nine in a game suspended and unlikely to be finished with McConnellsburg.
“We’ve played pretty well lately,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We played some good defense again tonight.”
Mount Union (12-2, 11-2) hosts Bellwood-Antis Thursday.
Upper Dauphin 10, Greenwood 2
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood trailed by just one run to Tri-Valley League foe Upper Dauphin Tuesday but a seven-run seventh inning spelled the end for the Wildcats and the home team fell by a score of 10-2.
Greenwood posted two first-inning runs to take the early lead but the Wildcat bats went cold for the remainder of the game. Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said Upper Dauphin’s pitcher was dominant from the circle and at the plate.
Despite the eight-run loss, Gantt said his team played well, overall.
“We hung around for six innings – there were a lot of positive things that came out of tonight,” he said. “We played pretty well heading up to the seventh and we’ll try to build on that.”
Chelsea Hicks struck out three Trojans in her outing and Amy Heggenstaller accounted for Greenwood’s RBIs.
The Wildcats (3-6) travel to Line Mountain today.
Mount Union 11, Glendale 0. Sarah Gearhart took the win with 11 strikeouts through seven innings. Diana Roher went 2-for-4 with a double. Mount Union (14-1) travels to Bellwood-Antis on Thursday.
East Juniata’s softball game with Juniata, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to 4:30 on May 17 in Cocolamus.