No holiday for Trojans in setback
MOUNT UNION – Mount Union was looking for extra points against Class AAA Hollidaysburg Friday. But the Golden Tigers had too many hits and too many runs for that to happen.
Down two runs going into the third, Hollidaysburg scored four in that frame and three in the next en route to a 10-7 non-league baseball win.
It wasn’t just the hitting, but the fielding – as in, Mount Union’s, and not in a good way, said the Trojans’ skipper. Nick Imperioli said his team played as badly Friday as it had well the day before.
“We seemed to be in a little bit of a fog today,” he said. I was very disappointed we made five errors. We had many opportunities today and we made bad plays.”
The Trojans had nine hits of their own; Hunter Atherton had a double and drove in two runs, while Thad Wakefield had three RBIs to lead the home team.
But, Imperioli pointed to a situation that proved troublesome, when starter Darrian Stapleton struck out two with the bases loaded, but before he could end the inning, walked one off a 1-2 count then surrendered a two-run single.
Mount Union (8-2) travels to Glendale Monday.
East Juniata 9, Carson Long 0 (susp.)
COCOLAMUS – Dalton Rowe hit a triple and Nick Lorenz homered as East Juniata built up a big lead before the rain came Friday, forcing a stoppage in the Tigers’ non-league baseball game against Carson Long after an inning and a half.
The game will be completed May 7 as part of a doubleheader at Carson Long. East Juniata (5-2) travels to Upper Dauphin for a doubleheader today.
Greenwood 3, Juniata 3 (susp.)
MIFFLINTOWN – Greenwood and Juniata got two innings in Friday, but their Tri-Valley League game was stopped before the third began due to rain and field conditions. The game is tied 3-3 when it restarts.
The contest will be completed May 12.
Greenwood travels to Newport today. Juniata hosts East Juniata Thursday.
District 6 Class AAA singles
ALTOONA – No. 2 got to play more than No. 1, but neither of Mifflin County’s entries in the District 6 Class AAA singles tennis tournament made it past the quarterfinals Friday.
Connor Saltzer had the lone win for the Huskies in the preliminary round, going the distance with Hollidaysburg’s Sam Sky, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.
In the quarterfinals, the Huskies’ No. 1, Matt DeBenedetto, drew top seed Amir Alkhafaji, also of Hollidaysburg, and Saltzer faced Chad Allender of Altoona, the No. 3 seed. Both locals fell in straight sets.
Their opponents will see each other in today’s final – the first time in several years that no one from State College will be in the last match.
Milton 16, Midd-West 0
MILTON – Kylie Brouse and Taylor Batman combined for a no-hitter against Midd-West in a Heartland Conference softball game Friday.
Brouse drove in four of Milton’s 16 runs in the shutout, which ended after four innings. Midd-West (2-10, 1-9) travels to Lewisburg Monday.
Babe Ruth baseball
Lewistown 10, Strodes Mills 8
LEWISTOWN – Lewistown scored seven times in the third inning and that was good enough to hold off Strodes Mills, 10-8, on Friday night in the only game played in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
The West put together a string of hits, six in a row, in the third inning and the seven runs gave it a 9-2 lead after three innings.
Trent Hidlay led off the third with a single and Hunter Amrhein followed with another base hit. Damon Jasper, Marcus Donahey, Ty Ferencz and Josh Nichols all followed with singles. Before the inning was over, Tristan Bonilla and Amrhein added base hits and Hidlay reached on an error to score the seven runs.
Strodes Mills closed the gap to 9-8 with four runs in the sixth. Nic Smith had the key hit, a two-run single.
Jasper went the first three innings for the West and got the win.
Lewistown (1-1) finished with 11 hits with Amrhein and Donahey each getting three, while Nichols, the rookie, had two including an RBI triple in the sixth that gave Lewistown an insurance run.
Strodes Mills (1-2) finished with four hits with Smith getting three.
Another bright spot for Strodes Mills was the relief work of Nate Poche, a rookie, who finished the game by giving up just two hits and one run in three and one third innings of work.
The win was the first for Lewistown manager Dominic Nichols in his rookie year.