Big Valley remains undefeated, drops Philipsburg-Osceola, 2-1

BELLEVILLE – Big Valley continued its winning ways Sunday as outstanding pitching from Ethan Eichhorn and Brycen Hassinger propelled the locals past Philipsburg-Osceola, 2-1. The win advanced Big Valley to a possible championship in the District 5 9- and 10-year-old Little League baseball tournament.

Eichhorn went 5 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and only two hits until he exited in the top of the sixth because of his pitch count. From there, Hassinger took the mound, striking out one and inducing a fly out to first on the No. 3 and 4 batters to end the game.

Big Valley’s first run of the game was in the first when, with Marshall Maidens at third, Colby Bodtorf got caught in a rundown between first and second, allowing Maidens to score.

In the second, Big Valley then put up its second run when Hassinger led off with a single, advanced to third with help from singles by Trey Kibe and Matt Kauffman, then reached home on a RBI single from Maidens.

Big Valley’s potential championship is Sunday, with the opponent and location yet to be determined.

Little League Juniors

Selinsgrove 7, Juniata 6

NEW BERLIN – Juniata carried a 6-3 lead all the way into the last inning, but Selinsgrove spoiled it with a four-run effort in the bottom of the seventh to hand Juniata its first loss of the District 13 Little League Juniors all-star tournament.

In Saturday’s 7-6 contest, Juniata’s Dakota Nealman threw 10 strikeouts and allowed only seven Selinsgrove hits to his team’s 12.

“He mixed up his pitches very well and kept their hitters off balance,” Juniata coach Danny Snyder said.

Juniata also had a home run from Josh Parson, a double from Zac Piper and multiple-hit efforts from Jared Shirk, Spencer Page and Zack Snyder.

“We had lots of hits…their pitcher did very well controlling our base running,” Snyder said.

With the loss, Juniata moves into the consolation bracket, where it will face Warrior Run at 5 p.m. today.

American Legion baseball

Mifflin County 7, Philipsburg 2

Mifflin County 5, Philipsburg 1

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County American Legion baseball team put together what coach Larry Wolf described as two of its best games of the season, as the locals swept a doubleheader with Philipsburg Saturday.

In the first game, which Mifflin County won 7-2, a strong seven-inning effort from winning pitcher Heath Hidlay was key in the win as he held Philipsburg scoreless on eight Ks and six hits allowed.

Mifflin County was also efficient at the plate, using RBIs from Isaac Strohecker, Hidlay, Lucas McKay and Hunter Walker to bring in many of its runs.

“We played small ball probably as well as you could do. Did a real nice job of sacrificing people over, moving them into scoring positions and then we got hits to score them,” Wolf said.

In the second game, winning pitcher Blaise Shartzer only recorded one strikeout, but forced Philipsburg into routine ground outs and fly balls throughout the game for the 5-1 final score.

“(Blaise) sort of had a rough first inning before he got down into a groove, but after that he did very well,” Wolf said, explaining that the defense stepped up behind Shartzer for a solid team effort.

McKay went 3-for-3, while Drew Hannon, Cy Treaster, Aaron Michaels and Hidlay all recorded RBIs.

Mifflin County 7, Clarence 1

CLARENCE – Logan Swineford threw a complete game for the win and the rest of his team followed through on the momentum gained from a doubleheader sweep over Philipsburg earlier in the weekend as the locals took a 7-1 win over Clarence on Sunday.

Swineford, who was making his first appearance on the mound in this year’s American Legion season, had three strikeouts and no walks as he held Clarence to just one run.

“For his first time on the mound, I was really pleased to see the no walks,” Mifflin County coach Larry Wolf said.

Mifflin County made one error in the game, but Wolf said otherwise he was pleased with the team’s defense.

“We just caught the ball really well tonight. Logan threw strikes, and we caught the ball. That’s a good combination in wooden bat baseball,” he said.

Mifflin County will host Beech Creek at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Centre County League

Lewistown 8, Blanchard 1

Lewistown 9, Blanchard 0

LEWISTOWN – Blanchard made the long ride down to Lewistown for a Centre County League baseball doubleheader Sunday, and left with head hung after two losses, 8-1 and 9-0.

In the first game – which Lewistown won 8-1 – the Predators relied on home runs from Chad Battista and John Michael Maclay to jump to a 7-0 lead after two innings.

Ryan Keefer also had a solo homer in the fourth, and Battista, Keefer, Maclay and Mike Higgins all had two hits for the Predators. Winning pitcher Adam Barger went five innings, striking out one and allowing only two hits.

In the second game Lewistown increased the points spread for a 9-0 shutout.

Nathan Saltzer notched the win from the mound as he struck out four and allowed just six hits to hold Blanchard scoreless through his seven innings of work.

Four runs in the fourth inning gave Lewistown the lead it needed for the win, and offensively the Predators were propelled by two-hit efforts from Sean Heckert, Battista and Chris Drobnick.

The wins lift Lewistown to 10-8, putting the locals at fourth in the league standings. The Predators will host the second place Lemont Ducks at 6 p.m. Tuesday.