Lyter sharp in circle for the Huskies
LEWISBERRY – Shelby Lyter sent 16 batters back to the bench and Mara Rhoades was 3-for-4 with a doubles and an RBI, leading Mifflin County past Red Land 5-2 in a Commonwealth Division softbal game Monday.
The Patriots’ only runs were set up by a rare misfire by Lyter, who hit two straight batters that eventually came around. Those runs, in the bottom of the third, actually gave Red Land a brief lead in the game.
“They’re a good team. They’re a dangerous team,” Huskies coach Jack McCurdy said.
But not good enough to slow the Mifflin County hurler, who dominated the circle while her team knocked out 12 hits in the game.
“She was just on fire today,” McCurdy said. “As much as the wind was a bit of a nuisance, it was right in her face so everthing she’s throwing is breaking even better.”
The Huskies also won the JV game.
Mifflin County 4-0, 4-0) hosts State College today.
Mount Union 15,
Huntingdon 2 (5 inn.)
MOUNT UNION-Kristin Miles went 3-for-4 with a home run and knocked in four runs for Mount Union as the Trojans invoked the mercy rule in a 15-2 win over non-league rival Huntingdon.
“We were able to get the momentum,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We hit contagiously. Once Miles started hitting, every one else did. We were able to hit up and down the line-up.”
Trojans pitcher Marissa Aurand (4-1) pitched four innings of no-hit ball before a single down the line for Huntingdon’s only hit of the day ended her chance of the no-hitter.
“I felt bad for Marissa,” Fiscus said. “She pitched well and really kept us heading in the right direction.”
The Trojans (7-1) will be back on the field today when they host West Branch.
Millersburg 4, Juniata 3
MIFFLINTOWN – Marlo Roadcap struck out 13, but it wasn’t until the fifth inning that Millersburg took a lead against Juniata.
The visitors held that lead, though, for a 4-3 win over Juniata in a Tri-Valley League softball game Monday.
For Juniata, Samantha Saner tripled, Megan Shoop had a double and Kristen Pray drove in a pair of runs.
Millersburg won the JV game, 15-13.
Juniata (4-2, 4-2) hosts Halifax Thursday.
Jersey Shore 10, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG-Jersey Shore’s Brianna Stetts pitched an abbreviated no-hitter on Monday, shutting Midd-West down for five innings of play.
The road team started off strong, getting five first-inning runs off Midd-West starter Lori Yoder and that was more than enough.
Midd-West will host Selinsgrove today.
Halifax 11, Greenwood 1
MILLERSTOWN-Three critical errors cost Greenwood in an 11-1 loss to Halifax on Monday.
Five total errors and three in one inning made Amy Heggenstaller, who struck out six Halifax batters, into a tough-luck losing pitcher.
“I think it’s no secret to this point that we need to clean up our defense if we’re going to be competitive,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “We had three errors, all with two outs in the (third) inning when they scored four runs.”
Greenwood (0-4, 0-4 Tri-Valley League) will play again tomorrow when they travel to Millersburg.
Midd West 8, Mount Carmel 6
MOUNT CARMEL-Hunter Shuff pitched a dominant seventh to earn the save and Midd-West completed a 8-6 win over Mount Carmel on Monday.
Shane Connahan went 3-for-4 with a double and triple and knocked in three runs in the victory.
The Mustangs were able to overcome two home runs and 11 hits from Mount Carmel as well as four of their own errors in the winning effort.
Midd-West (6-1, 4-1) will be right back on the field today when the Mustangs travel to Penns Valley.
Line Mountain 6, East Juniata 4
MANDATA – Cory Warford sent a two-run ball over the fence in the fourth inning, driving in the go-ahead and insurance runs for Line Mountain in a 6-4 Tri-Valley League baseball win over East Juniata Monday.
Millersburg 10, Juniata 0 (5 inn.)
MILLERSBURG – Millersburg put up a six-run third to put Juniata in a deep hole, and the Big Red never recovered, falling 10-0 in a five-inning Tri-Valley League baseball game Monday.
Juniata had only two hits in the game, which coach Nick Beward sees as his team’s main problem.
“This game was the same as the last game – we can’t get the bats going,” he said.
In the top of the third, he said Juniata had a runner in scoring position and belted the ball up the middle, only to see winning pitcher Christian Wingard make a play.
“That was a big change in the game,” Beward said.
Juniata (1-5, 1-4) hosts Carson Long Wednesday.
Track and field
Boys: Millersburg 82, East Juniata 59
Girls: Millersburg 76, East Juniata 65
COCOLAMUS – A few bright spots for East Juniata and a positive effort were on the agenda for the Tigers as they hosted Millersburg for a Tri-Valley League track and field meet Monday.
The girls stayed closer despite giving up sweeps to the Indians in the 800- and the 1,600-meter runs. Along with several second-place finishes the Tigers picked up multiple firsts from Megan Hart (long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles) and Amber Knouse, who won both dashes.
East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman pointed to a personal-best discus throw by Lydia Koser as another highlight. Koser had a longer throw – at district qualifying length – disqualified on a foul in a prior meet.
For the boys, David Brantley scored a third of the team points, winning four individual events.
“The kids did well. The kids showed up today, had a great attitude and worked hard,” Ritzman said. “People are getting better.”
Mifflin County 5, Susquehanna Township 0
HARRISBURG – Mifflin County took advantage of a depleted Susquehanna Township squad, knocking down the Indians 5-0 in a Commonwealth Division tennis match Monday.
“They lost a lot of guys from last year’s team,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle observed.
All of the wins were in straight sets, most by large margins, he said.
Mifflin County (8-4, 8-3) travels to Red Land today.
Juniata 6, Susquenita 1
COVE – Juniata swept all five singles matches on the way to a 6-1 win over Susquenita in tennis Monday.