Team tennis semi stopped by rain; to move to Altoona
MIFFLINTOWN – The District 6 Class AA team tennis semifinal match between Juniata and Bishop Guilfoyle was tied at the time of its suspension Tuesday due to inclement weather. The No. 1 singles match has not yet been played.
Juniata coach Alan Musselman said Juniata and and Bishop Guilfoyle will complete their match today in Altoona at 1 p.m.
The semifinal between Westmont Hilltop and Bishop McCort also was suspended Tuesday and it will resume today. The winner of the Juniata match will play the other semifinal winner in Altoona after the completion of the semis Thursday, Musselman said.
Juniata 5, Millersburg 1
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata got a seven-strikeout performance from senior Coleby Hambright and three RBIs from Chantz Swartz Tuesday and the Indians notched a big 5-1 victory over Tri-Valley League foe Millersburg on senior day.
Juniata struck out 10 times, but coach Nick Beward said his team put the ball in play and put pressure on Millersburg.
“Tonight was one of those deals when we struck out a lot but we forced them to make plays and they didn’t make very good throws – we took advantage of their mistakes.”
Millersburg committed seven errors in the contest and Juniata’s Swartz came through with three RBIs to pace the Indians. Chad Eberle also contributed, roping a double in the game.
Beward noted how significant it was for his team to perform well and win on senior day.
“(Hambright) got his first W of the year and for him to go out on senior day and pitch well – was awesome.”
Juniata (4-13, 4-9) hosts Halifax today.
East Juniata 6, Line Mountain 1
COCOLAMUS – The rainy conditions didn’t mean a thing to East Juniata Tuesday as the Tigers outlasted Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain 6-1 to gain their 11th win of the season.
The Tigers had seven hits including a two-run homer from Dalton Rowe, but the real story of the game was how starting pitcher Ryan Stuck maintained a no-hit perfect game through five innings until an East Juniata error in the sixth plus a few Line Mountain hits forced coach Tim Brubaker to bring Nick Lorenz to the mound to finish out the game for Stuck.
“Ryan Stuck started out the game throwing really well. He was throwing strikes and getting the hitters to hit the ball on the ground and a couple popups,” Brubaker said.
The Tigers’ big offensive inning was in the bottom of the fourth, when they put up five of their six runs.
East Juniata (11-3, 9-2) hosts Carson Long today.
Mount Union 6, West Branch 4
MORRISDALE – After a few tough games in which the Mount Union baseball team gave up its lead in the last few innings to take the loss, coach Nick Imperioli was very pleased Tuesday when his team held onto its 5-4 lead through four innings for the eventual 6-4 win over Inter-County Conference opponent West Branch.
“We had to prove to ourselves that we could close out a close game, and we did that today,” Imperioli said.
Mount Union was paced offensively by Cole Boozel, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a double.
“It was amazing, all five runs that he drove in were after two outs,” Imperioli said of Boozel’s clutch hitting.
Klayton Heffner also went the distance on the mound for the Trojans, holding West Branch scoreless after the third inning in his low pitch count game.
The Trojans now have a record at 14-4, and will close out their regular season Monday at Southern Huntingdon. Originally Mount Union was scheduled to have another game with Everett, but the contest has been canceled due to time restrictions.
Mifflin County 8, Cedar Cliff 1
CAMP HILL – Shelby Lyter struck out 18 batters – 70 of her 100 pitches were strikes – and a pair of Huskies tripled on the way to an 8-1 Commonwealth Division softball win by Mifflin County over Cedar Cliff Tuesday.
“Every one of her pitches seems to be working right now,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.
Already up 2-0, Mifflin County made it a runaway in the third. Macie Lucas and Allessa Morrison singled, then Taylor Boyer and Brooke Wilson hit back-to-back triples in the four-run frame.
“Allessa Morrison has a push bunt single that she executed well,” McCurdy said. “I think we’re starting to see the lineup that we can get the most runs out of. Brooke certainly has that capability of having that big hit, and Taylor does too.”
Mifflin County (13-5, 11-3) travels to Red Land today.
Halifax 9, Greenwood 8
HALIFAX – Greenwood saw a few runs stolen by great fielding plays, as Halifax held off the Perry County team’s comeback try in a 9-8 Tri-Valley League softball game Tuesday.
Halifax was driven by Chelsea Konyar, who was the winning pitcher, and her team’s best hitter – including a third-inning solo homer that proved to be the winning run.
“She’s a good ball player. We new that going in,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “She was looking for a pitch to drive there for the home run and she got it.”
The visitors put four runs across the plate in the fifth to make it close. For Greenwood, Amy Heggenstaller was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Rachel Stroup had a double and also plated two.
“I was proud of the way we continued to fight,” Gantt said. “In other games that hasn’t always been the case.”
Greenwood (3-8, 3-10) hosts East Juniata Thursday to finish a previously suspended game and play their second date of the season.
Millersburg 10, Juniata 0 (5 innings)
MILLERSBURG – Millersburg’s Marla Roadcap held the Juniata softball team to just one hit Tuesday, as her team dropped the Indians 10-0 in five innings.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, pitcher Brinley Irvin was the only Indian to claim a hit with her single. On the mound, Irvin went all five innings, handing out three strikeouts to her four walks.
Juniata (5-7, 4-5) hosts Upper Dauphin today.
Track and Field
Boys: Mifflin County 107, Central Mountain 43
Girls: Mifflin County79, Central Mountain 71
MILL HALL – Although first place finishes draw the most attention for individual athletes, good track and field teams know that second and third are also very important.
And Tuesday, the Mifflin County girls team displayed just how important those places can be.
In the Huskies’ close 79-71 win over non-conference opponent Central Mountain, coach Scott Gantz said he knew his team had the meet when Mona Fowler and Mary Havice took second and third place respectively in the 3,200-meter run.
“We knew going in that we had a better 4×400 team than they did, so we knew once we got second and third in the 3,200 that we had the win,” he said.
Overall, Mifflin County took 20 out of 30 possible second or third place finishes, and it made the difference in the meet.
For the boys, Gantz described the meet as, “Just a solid performance from everybody.”
The boys won the meet, 107-43, and had sweeps in the 110 hurdles, the 1,600, the 400-meter dash, the 300 hurdles and the 200-meter dash.
“The kids knew that this was going to be the difference between a .500 season and a losing season, and I don’t think they were ready to settle for something below .500.”
Mifflin County (Boys: 4-4; Girls: 4-4) has completed its regular season and will travel to the Mid-Penn Conference championship Saturday in Chambersburg.
BEA Last Chance meet
WINGATE – Juniata’s track and field team had one final prep – and opportunity to qualify – for its league meet and districts at Bald Eagle Area Monday.
In the non-team scoring meet, the boys finished first in all three relays, while a pair of individual firsts went to Will Manbeck, who also was on the 4×100 relay. Nick Gilbert, Tyler Hershey and Neil Bodley also claimed event titles at the meet.
For the girls, no one won twice individually, but Janelle Swartz was involved in three golds, including the two relays the Indians won. Makenzie Bishop, Lauren Lock, Rachel Brown and Jenna Bretz all had wins.
Juniata takes on the Tri-Valley League at the conference meet today at West Perry.
* Mount Union 15, West Branch 0 (3 inn.): Alexa Knable was 2-2 with a triple to lead the Trojans. Mount Union completed the season at 19-1.