From staff reports
East Juniata 10, Lourdes Regional 5
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata got two extra base hits and three RBIs from MaKenna Yetter and they won its first game of the 2014 with a 10-5 win over Lourdes Regional.
Meisha Heintzelman added three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers.
East Juniata will look to continue its winning ways when they travel to Selinsgrove today.
East Juniata 10, Upper Dauphin 2
ELIZABETHVILLE – It took East Juniata five innings to break through against Upper Dauphin, but when they did, it was huge.
The Tigers struck for three runs in the fifth inning and added seven more the final two frames as they defeated Upper Dauphin 10-2 on Saturday.
Nick Lorenz homered in the sixth inning for East Juniata.
The Tigers will host rival Juniata on Tuesday.
Mifflin County Tomahawks 34, Port Matilda Flash 18
The Mifflin County Tomahawks defeated the Port Matilda Flash 34-18 at Rec Park Saturday.
Jace Maurer stepped in for the injured Lashawn Brown going 13 out of 18 for 63 yards and a touchdown. Maurer also used his feet scrambling for 66 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Timmy Beck helped the cause by returning a kickoff five yards deep in his own end zone 55 yards for a TD.
The defense was outstanding again only giving up two scores. Joe Mohr and Brian Reinhart had six tackles each and Mike Short adding four. Jordan Bell stole the show grabbing four interceptions and returning one for a TD.
The Tomahawks move to 5-1 on the season and are on the road this Saturday to take on the Huntingdon County Elite.
MOUNT UNION – Thursday was a special day for Klayton Heffner and Trevon Walker.
Heffner got two wins on the mound – going the final two innings of a suspended game and starting the originally scheduled game against Juniata Valley – while Walker hit a ninth-inning, game-winning homer in the suspended game and nailed down the save to give Mount Union it’s second win on the day.
Mount Union won the nine-inning game 5-3 and won the second 7-5.
Walker, who is the regular starting shortstop, and sophomore third baseman Drew Harshbarger have lifted the Trojans recently.
“(Harshbarger) is so steady down there at third base,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “That left side of the diamond was excellent. They’ve been quite the pair on that side.”
The pair of wins were big for the Trojans as they face a ruthless stretch the rest of the season where they play 11 games against only two potential practice days.
“(We got) seven of out 10 hits from the bottom of the line-up.” Imperioli said. “Today, the bottom of the line-up was outstanding. That was key for us.”
The Trojans have a four-game week next week with a showdown with Class AAA Hollidaysburg.
“Hollidaysburg is always tough,” Imperioli said. “It would be nice to win that.”
District 6 Class AA singles
ALTOONA – Juniata’s Issac Eck will be playing for his second consecutive District 6 title.
Eck ravaged three straight opponents losing no more than two games in a set on Thursday, defeating Ben Buchkovich (Forest Hills), Ben Katz (Westmont-Hilltop) and Austin Perow (Huntingdon) en route to Saturday’s district singles championship with Jimmy Burke of Bishop Guilfoyle.
“His serve has gotten much better than in the past,” Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. “He’s an all-court player. He’s getting better by the week,”
Eck’s recent play has partly been due to his international experience in Canada with the International Tennis Federation.
Eck’s teammate, Brad Lipka, knocked off Nick Golden of Forest Hills in the first round 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Lipka fell in the next round to Jake Lesko of Richland 6-2, 6-3 to end his tournament.
Eck will face Burke on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Altoona High School.
Mifflin County 4, Red Land 1
LEWISBERRY – Thanks to an odd reschedule, Mifflin County had a lunchtime tennis match Thursday, and used it to eat Red Land’s lunch.
The Huskies won 4-1, with the lone loss coming in the No. 1 singles spot.
Red Land had to start early due to a second match it played later in the day in Chambersburg.
“Their bus was waiting on them,” Huskies’ coach Glenn Kyle quipped.
Mifflin County (12-5) plays one last meet Tuesday against Altoona, but singles leaders Matt DeBenedetto and Conner Saltzer will be in action today at Altoona in the District 6 Class AAA singles tournament.
Boys: Juniata 111, Upper Dauphin 38
Girls: Juniata 102.5, Upper Dauphin 47.5
ELIZABETHVILLE – Carly Burns brought 20 points across the Susquehanna River Thursday, which helped Juniata’s girls take home a 102.5-47.5 win over Upper Dauphin in a Tri-Valley League track and field meet.
The Juniata boys, paced by Noah Burns, who won both distance races and was on the winning 4×800-meter relay team, also came away with a wide-margin victory, 111-38.
The boys swept two events, one each on the track and in the field. All three to takes points in the 1,600 were Indians, led by Burns. Jonathan Hummel was top hurler in the shot put, where Juniata also scored all nine points.
Of Hummel, Juniata coach Kim Hart said, “He made a personal commitment to succeed in being a thrower.”
Part of that was taking lessons from Troy Hess, who was a state champion thrower for East Juniata.
“People that diligently work with him seem to have very good results,” she said. “These athletes that work with him have to be very goal-oriented.”
Juniata had multiple wins from Nick Gilbert, who won both hurdles races and was runner-up in the high jump, and teammate Derek Beitz, who won the high jump and the long jump.
For the girls, Carly Burns won both distance runs, the javelin and was on the winning 4×800 quartet. Two of her events – javelin and the 1,600 – were sweeps for the Indians. Hailie Shertzer had three wins, the long jump, triple jump and shot put.
Hart said Shertzer was a solution to a problem – unhappiness with the outcome of the field events, and finding the person who could change that.
“A couple meets ago I got a little frustrated being wiped out in some of these field events,” Hart said. “She’s hugely as far a I can see a perfectionist. She’s super focused on being good at all of them.”
Juniata heads to the Pine Grove Invitational today.
Boys: Greenwood 105.5, Millersburg 44.5
Girls: Greenwood 83, Millersburg 67
MILLERSBURG – Greenwood didn’t win everything in any event. But the Wildcats won enough – on the road no less – to take a pair of wins from Millersburg, the strongest challenger to Greenwood’s position atop the girls standings in the Tri-Valley League. The win also keeps the Perry County team ahead of Juniata in the boys standings.
In the boys’ 105.5-44.5 win, Greenwood did take all three relays, and nearly swept the pole vault – a tie for third gave a half point to the Indians. Hunter Wirth and Gabe Schroff were among the multiple winners for the Wildcats.
The girls, who eked out an 83-67 victory, had a number of multiple event winners while the team was first in 11 of 18 events. Among the top scorers were Hattie Kuhns, Jordyn Sorber, Emily Fisher and Taylor Hartman.
Cumberland Valley 2, Mifflin County 1
MECHANICSBURG – Errors in the field were the downfall for the Huskies on Thursday as the softball team dropped a 2-1 contest to Commonwealth Division opponent Cumberland Valley.
The Eagles scored in the third and fourth, and Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said both runs could be traced back to throwing errors.
“They really need to be able to slow the game down and focus on the most important things, and right now I feel like they went into that game hoping to win. They need to go into the game confident,” he said.
It was the Huskies’ first loss of the season, and a potentially crucial one as Mifflin County and the Eagles are two of the top contenders for he league title.
“What I’m hoping is that we learn something from this,” said McCurdy, explaining that he hopes the loss is good for his team’s perspective, which has now split its series with the Eagles.
The Huskies got a 10-7 win from the JV team.
Mifflin County (6-1, 6-1) will travel to the Central Mountain tournament Saturday.
Greenwood 5, West Perry 4
MILLERSTOWN – After just one and a half innings of scoreless softball Thursday, all it took was one big hit from Greenwood’s Kelsey Stemler in the bottom of the second to propel the Wildcats to a 5-4 win over West Perry.
It was the Wildcats’ first win of the season, and also the first game of the rain-impacted Perry County tournament.
With two on and one out, Stemler hit one hard for a three-run homer, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish.
“That was a timely hit. Somthing we’ve been missing here early in the season,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
Pitcher Amy Heggenstaller went the distance for the win, throwing five strikeouts and issuing two walks. She gave up four of West Perry’s six hits to one player, but otherwise kept West Perry’s batters at bay.
“She’s been solid. She pitched pretty well today,” Gantt said.
The Wildcats are now at 1-7 on the season, and travel to Juniata today for a Tri-Valley League matchup. The rest of the tournament will be scheduled at a later date.
Mount Union 13, Juniata Valley 3
ALEXANDRIA – Liza Feagley hit a mammoth home run and pitched a complete game and Mount Union defeated Juniata Valley 13-3 on Thursday at Juniata Valley High School.
“She gave up one run in the first and really settled down after that,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “She really hit at the plate too.”
The Trojans also got a home run from Kristin Miles and a 3-for-4 effort including a triple and four RBIs from Lauren Shugarts in the mercy rule win.
“Lauren Shugarts continues to swing a hot bat,” Fiscus said. “Just a good day for us overall.”
Mount Union (10-1, 7-1 ICC) will be back in action on senior night Monday when the Trojans host Glendale.
Juniata 4, Newport 3
NEWPORT – Although both teams had six hits and three errors, it was Juniata that came out on top against Newport Thursday for a 4-3 Tri-Valley League baseball win.
“At times we struggled offensively, but I can’t say enough about the clutch hits,” said Juniata coach Nick Beward, who pointed out a triple in the third by Chantz Swartz as one of those key hits.
From the mound, Ty Treaster went the distance, giving up six hits, but recording 11 strikeouts.
Offensively, the Indians also got some help from Dakhota Sweitzer, who had a double and three RBIs.
The JV team lost to Newport, 7-2.
Juniata (3-6, 3-5) hosts Greenwood today.
From staff reports
CHAMBERSBURG – Mifflin County was trailing host Chambersburg by three runs after an inning Monday.
Ace hurler Isaiah Kearns was having, by his standards, a pretty rough day.
But a run here, a run there and a three-run fifth put the Huskies right back in the game – and they won the Commonwealth Division contest, 7-6.
“We chipped away with one in the second and one in the fourth, then had a big inning in the fifth,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. “The bats really showed up today.”
Kearns got back on track, too. After giving up three walks in the opening frame – and without striking out a single batter – he managed to work his way back into the decision, and it went his way.
“In the first inning he had some control issues,” Zook said, plus the Trojans were putting a lot of balls in play. “I’m very pleased that we’re getting back on the right track this week.”
Mifflin County (5-3, 5-3) hosts Central Mountain Wednesday in its first non-league game of the season.
Midd-West 6, Lewisburg 2
BEAVER SPRINGS – Midd-West got multiple hits from six different players and another excellent effort on the mound from Hunter Shuff as the Mustangs beat Lewisburg 6-2 on Monday in a baseball game at West Snyder Elementary School.
“We’ve been doing that most of the year,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said of having six players contribute offensively. “We’re getting contributions from everyone and clutch hits when we need them. These guys are picking each other up.”
Shuff went all seven innings, striking out nine Lewisburg batters and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
“Shuff threw another great game,” Flood said. “He only gave up five hits and struck out nine. When you get that and only make one error, you’re going to win a lot of ball games.”
Midd-West (8-1, 4-1 HAC) will play at home again today when the Mustangs take on Benton.
Mount Union 6, Everett 1
EVERETT – Everett briefly led Monday’s Inter-County Conference softball game against Mount Union.
Then Mount Union started hitting, and the game quickly went in the Trojans’ direction. They upended previously unbeaten Everett, 6-1.
Mount Union coach Matt Aurand said his team struggled with base runners early, then gave up a run – but didn’t quit.
“We had runners on second and third in the third inning. We didn’t have confidence and I told them to keep knocking on the door,” he said. “We were able to get two across and take back control in the fourth.”
He said Marissa Aurand was solid for the Trojans on the mound, and noted his team turned double plays to end each of the first two innings.
Mount Union (9-1) hosts Claysburg-Kimmel today.
Millersburg 5, Greenwood 2
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood couldn’t take advantage of five Millersburg errors as the Wildcats fell 5-2 to Millersburg Monday at Greenwood High School.
Part of the reason Millersburg could survive five errors was the effort in the circle from its starter Marla Roadcap, who struck out 12 Wildcats.
Greenwood coach Troy Gantt was happy his team did put the ball in play enough to put pressure on the opposing defense.
“(Roadcap) has been a dominant pitcher this season,” Gantt said. “I think we did a better job of putting the ball in play and putting pressure on their defense.”
Greenwood (0-6, 0-6 Tri-Valley League) will look for its first win of the season Wednesday at Line Mountain.
Halifax 10, Midd-West 2
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West starter Adrianne Gesselman struck out 11 Halifax batters, but a series of errors and mental mistakes cost her the opportunity to win a softball game Monday at Midd-West High School.
The Mustangs also got a 2-for-4 effort and an RBI from Sara Shambach, but fell 10-2 in the non-league game.
Gesselman limited Halifax to five hits on the afternoon.
Midd-West (2-8) is back to Heartland Conference action today at Milton.
Mifflin County 5, Palmyra 0
LEWISTOWN – Three of the normal starters for Mifflin County’s tennis team were out of town Monday.
That barely slowed the Huskies, who blanked Palmyra 5-0.
The trio, including No. 1 singles player Matt DeBenedetto, were representing the school on a National Honor Society trip. That meant a shuffle in the lineup, putting Conner Saltzer in the top spot, where he won the most contested match of the day, 6-4, 6-4 over Palmyra’s Eric Lynn. Clay Morgan didn’t give up a game in the No. 2 spot and Cody Donaldson clinched the win before the doubles scores were entered.
“I was proud of that. I always tell them to be ready for anything,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said. “They had to step up and they did well.”
The Huskies (10-5) host Altoona today.
From staff reports
WILLIAMSBURG – Mount Union’s Klayton Heffner and Williamsburg’s Austin McMonigle played out the epitome of a pitchers’ duel on Thursday, and thanks to his dominating 14 strikeouts and an RBI from teammate Hunter Atherton in the top of the first, Heffner and the Trojans walked away with the 1-0 victory.
“It was just a really difficult day to get some runs,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said, explaining that both teams had scoring threats throughout the game, but outstanding pitching on both sides limited the offense.
The sole run of the game was scored with two outs, when Atherton singled to drive home Heffner, who had reached earlier on a double.
Atherton went 2-for-3, as did teammate Trevon Walker, accounting for four of Mount Union’s five hits.
From the mound, Heffner had what Imperioli called “an economy of pitches,” as he worked his fasball and curveball very efficiently to throw 62 strikes out of his 85 total pitches. The Trojans only allowed two hits, both of which by Williamsburg’s Tyler Shaw.
Mount Union (6-1, 5-1 ICC) is off until Tuesday when it travels to Claysburg-Kimmel.
East Juniata 9, Newport 0
COCOLAMUS – Mason Hambright pitched a complete game shutout and East Juniata got three hits and four RBIs from Nick Stahr as the Tigers blanked Newport 9-0 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game at East Juniata High School on Thursday.
Hambright scattered seven hits on the day and his teammates pounded out 12 hits at the plate to get the Tigers past Newport.
East Juniata (4-2, 4-2) will hit the road Wednesday when it travels to Millersburg.
Red Land 4,
Mifflin County 1
LEWISBERRY – Mifflin County got to Red Land starter Jeremy Hileman for a run in the first inning, but couldn’t light up the scoreboard the rest of the day and eventually fell 4-1 to Red Land on Thursday at Red Land High School.
“We got into him in the first inning,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. “We hit the ball well at times and got guys on with two outs, we just couldn’t get them in.”
Huskies starter Heath Hidlay had an efficient day on the mound, throwing just 85 pitches in his complete game and got a flawless effort from his defense.
“Our defense was good,” Zook said. “We just couldn’t get timely hits.”
The Huskies (4-3, 4-3 Commonwealth Division) will be at Chambersburg on Monday.
Juniata 8, Halifax 3
HALIFAX – Juniata took it to the Tri-Valley League defending champions Halifax on Thursday, when the Indians outhit the Wildcats 10-4 for the 8-3 win.
“That is what this baseball team needed to spark us. We needed something to get us going,” said Juniata skipper Nick Beward, whose team is now at 2-4 in the league.
It took a full-game performance from Jon Ruble – Beward said the pitcher gave up three walks in the first inning, but only got stronger as the game progressed – and a slew of extra-base hits to propel the Indians to the win.
“Once he got in his groove, he was very effective,” Beward said of Ruble, who was supported by his team’s offense which doubled its extra-base hits for the season with four.
Dakhota Sweitzer had a triple and Ty Treaster, Dylan Loudenslager and Korey Martin all had doubles, while each of the four also had at least one RBI.
“It was nice to have a fun bus ride home,” said Beward, who highlighted freshman Martin’s 2-for-4 night and the leadership he saw from his upperclassmen as well.
Juniata (2-5, 2-4) travels to Upper Dauphin on Wednesday.
Midd-West 5, Shikellamy 3
SUNBURY – Midd-West starter Adrianne Gesselman pitched a complete game for Midd-West and knocked in two runs to earn the Mustangs their first Heartland Conference win of the season, a 5-3 decision over Shikellamy.
Gesselman struck out seven Shikellamy batters on the mound and went 2-for-4 at the plate, putting in a great combined effort for Midd-West.
“The last two games she’s pitched really well,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. “She’s finding a groove at this point. We need that consistency on the mound and she’s doing that for us.”
Midd-West (2-7, 1-7) will look to continue its winning ways on Monday when it hosts Halifax.
Mount Union 16, Williamsburg 11
WILLIAMSBURG – Kristin Miles smashed another home run for Mount Union and knocked in six runs as the Trojans defeated Williamsburg 16-11 Thursday in a softball game.
“Miles has really hit in the clutch for the last couple of games,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We needed it tonight.”
Brittany Brumbaugh went 3-for-5 and knocked in a run and Liza Fegley earned the win in relief.
The Trojans (8-1, 6-1 ICC) will be back in action Monday when they visit Everett.
Newport 6, East Juniata 3
NEWPORT – East Juniata outhit Newport 10-8 in a Tri-Valley League softball game Thursday, but the Buffaloes still came away with the 6-3 win.
East Juniata had single runs in the first, fifth and sixth innings.
The Tigers host Upper Dauphin on Monday.
Halifax 15, Juniata 7
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata belted three triples but it wasn’t enough as the Indians fell 15-7 to Halifax Thursday in a Tri-Valley League softball game at Juniata High School.
Micheh Horning went 2-for-4 including a triple and three RBIs, as the Juniata offense was outslugged, courtesy of Halifax’s 15 runs on 15 hits.
The Indians (4-3, 4-3) will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Upper Dauphin.
Hershey 4, Mifflin County 1
LEWISTOWN – Matt DeBenedetto picked up Mifflin County’s sole victory in a 4-1 boys tennis loss to Hershey on Thursday afternoon.
It took the No. 1 Huskies’ singles player three sets and two tiebreakers to earn the win.
The rest of DeBenedetto’s teammates fell to Hershey in succession with Conner Saltzer and Clay Morgan dropping singles matches 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-4, respectively.
The Huskies (9-5, 8-3 Commonwealth Division) host Palmyra on Monday.
*Mount Union 11, Williamsburg 0. Winning pitcher McKenna Shields had 13 strikeouts.
From staff reports
ELLIOTTSBURG-The Greenwood boys track and field team won the Mustang Invitational on Saturday at West Perry High School, accumulation 131 points on the day to edge second place Dover (126 points).
Greenwood used a plethora of third, fourth and fifth place finishes, along with two event wins from Tyler Fegley and Hunter Wirth to earn the win.
While Dover, third place West Perry (114 points), fourth place Hollidaysburg (108 points) each won five events, Greenwood cashed in with more placewinners.
“Our third, fourth and fifth placewinners really made the difference,” coach Tom Magill said. “That’s pretty much how we were able to win the team title.”
The Wildcats were led by Fegley’s triple jump win (40-2) and Wirth’s pole vault first-place (12 feet).
The girls also had a nice showing, finishing second with 129 points to winner Hollidaysburg, who claim 10 event titles.
Taylor Hartman, Emily Fisher and Hattie Kuhns led the way for the girls with Hartman, who recorded a personal-best, and Fisher taking first-place in the triple jump (32-1 1/4) and shot put (35 2 3/4), respectively.
While Kuhns didn’t win anything, she was integral in the high point total, taking third in the 100-meter and 200-meter while also anchoring a top-3 relay team.
“She had a pretty good day,” Magill said. “She was probably one of our top point-getters.”
LANCASTER – Nick Lorenz homered twice and Mason Hambright threw a no-hitter as East Juniata crushed Lancaster Country Day, 15-0, in a Tri-Valley League baseball game Friday that was shortened to three innings by the 15-run rule.
Lorenz was good for five runs with a three-run effort in the first and a two-run ball in the third, part of the eight runs scored by the Tigers in what became the final frame. Taren Sheaffer also hit a two-run shot in the final inning. Kyle Hart had a fourth homer and also drove in a pair.
While East Juniata accumulated a dozen hits – Bailey Coder had the only other extra-base hit, a double – Hambright and the defense prevented the Cougars from getting one in the game.
“It gave him a little bit of confidence and got his feet wet on what it’s going to be like playing varsity baseball,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. “Hopefully he will have learned that you can’t just throw a fastball and let it go like that.”
East Juniata (3-1, 3-1) travels to Line Mountain Monday.
Mifflin County 14, Cedar Cliff 0 (susp.)
CAMP HILL – Mifflin County was one run shy of a 15-run, game-ending margin against Cedar Cliff on Friday when the Commonwealth Division game was called because of rain.
With the Huskies up 14-0, Allessa Morrison led off the top of the fourth with a walk, but the umpire stopped the game before the next at bat.
Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said his team had some nice hits, but that the Colts also issued many walks.
The remainder of Friday’s game will likely be completed when Cedar Cliff visits Mifflin County later in the season, McCurdy said. The Huskies’ next game is Monday at Red Land.
All of Friday’s scheduled scholastic sports events were rained out. A reschedule date was provided for just one event, Mifflin County’s home baseball game against Cedar Cliff, which will be played Wednesday.
Three of today’s games were affected by the weather as well. The start of Mifflin County’s home baseball game against Central Dauphin was delayed to 4 p.m. Greenwood’s home baseball game will be played at Upper Dauphin, at 3 p.m. And Juniata’s game at Newport is postponed with no reschedule date.
CARLISLE – The Mifflin County girls track team got two wins apiece from Kelsie Kennedy and Anna Aurand, but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies fell to Carlisle 85-65 at Carlisle High School on Thursday.
The boys team suffered a similar 89-61 loss at the hands of the Thundering Herd.
Kennedy swept the hurdles, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 18.2 seconds and the 300-meter event in 51.8 seconds.
Aurand took the long jump by leaping 14 feet, 10 1/2 inches and the triple jump with 33 feet, one inch.
“It’s like we’ve said since the beginning of the season, the difference between us and some of the Mid-Penn teams is depth,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “We’re developing on the fly. It’s going to be a process.”
Mifflin County did very well in the field events, taking all three places in the shot put thanks to winner Makala Rearick (36-4), Makenzie Rearick (30-5 1/2) and Jenna Miller (28-8 1/2).
Just like Kennedy for the girls, Nathan Baumgardner swept the hurdles for the boys, taking the 100-meter event in 15.7 seconds and the 300 in 40.4.
Darien Knudsen offered his usual strong performance in the 3200-meter run, taking the event in 9:49.2, besting his closest competitor by over a minute.
After finishing fourth on Tuesday, Knudsen rebounded with the win.
“It was a totally different race (today),” Gantz said. “He tried to win a kicker’s race (Tuesday) and he just couldn’t do it. Today was more what you would expect from Darien.”
George Donahey took the pole vault by vaulting 14-0, two and a half feet more than teammate Mike Bielski, who finished in second place.
Gantz was encouraged by Donahey’s near stadium-record in a swirling wind.
The girls are now 2-2 and the boys are 1-3 on the season.
The Huskies will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Central Dauphin East.
Track and field
Boys: McConnellsburg 122, Mount Union 28; Northern Bedford 135.5, Mount Union 14.5
Girls: McConnellsburg 117, Mount Union 29; Northern Bedford 118, Mount Union 31
McCONNELLSBURG – For both the boys and the girls Mount Union track teams, it was a difficult day of competition as losses across the board to McConnellsburg and Northern Bedford put both teams’ records at 1-4.
The largest loss was in the boys meet against Northern Bedford, 135.5-14.5, while the girls had the closest meet against the same opponent, 118-31. The boys and girls teams lost to McConnellsburg 122-28 and 117-29, respectively.
In terms of individual success, the Trojans got first-place finishes on the track from Evan Richardson in the 100-meter dash, Hunter Cordin in the 1600 and Shykai Banks in the 3200. On the field, Tynita White earned first in the shot put, while Tyler Long and Ashley Woods both landed first in the javelin.
Mount Union (boys 1-4; girls 1-4) hosts Juniata Valley and Tussey Mountain on Tuesday.
Mount Union 9, Southern Huntingdon 7
MOUNT UNION – After falling behind Southern Huntingdon 6-1 in two and a half innings, Mount Union came charging back hard in the bottom half of the third. Led by a Kristin Miles grand-slam, the Trojans scored six runs in the inning, taking the final lead of the eventual 9-7 win.
“I always tell the girls, ‘When they punch, you have to punch back harder,'” said Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus, giving his team credit for its strong batting in the third.
In her 2-for-3 day, Miles also had a triple, bringing her RBI total to five. Liza Fegley also picked up two RBIs, and Marissa Aurand and Lauren Shugarts collect one apiece.
From the circle, Aurand picked up the win, although she had to battle with a tight strike zone the entire seven innings. Aurand had four strikeouts, three walks and gave up 11 hits.
Mount Union (6-1, 4-1) has a 4 p.m. game at Everett today.
Danville 5, Midd-West 4
DANVILLE – Danville got a lead-off double in the bottom of the seventh from Ally Mullen, who scored the deciding run in a tough 5-4 loss for Midd-West at Danville High School.
Midd-West jumped out quickly and took a 2-0 lead to start the game in the top of the first and added another in the second inning, but Danville kept chipping away.
The home team got one back in the bottom half of the first and then again in the second to make it 3-2 after two innings.
Midd-West tacked on in the fourth, but again, Danville came back with two in the bottom of the fifth to knot the game at 4-4.
Brynn Markley doubled for the Mustangs and knocked in half of her team’s runs.
The Mustangs (1-5, 0-4 Heartland Conference) will be back in action Monday when they travel to Jersey Shore.
Hollidaysburg 4, Mifflin County 1
LEWISTOWN – Connor Saltzer was the only Husky to walk away with a win when Mifflin County got its first look at District 6 competition during a 4-1 loss to Hollidaysburg Thursday.
Saltzer edged Sam Sky, 6-3, 6-1, and Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller won the first set of their No. 1 doubles match, but the Huskies lost every other match in straight sets.
On Monday the Huskies (7-4, 7-3) travel for a makeup match at Susquehanna Township.
SUNBURY- Midd-West got a complete game from starter Hunter Shuff to go with some timely hitting to drop Shikellamy 7-1 on Wednesday in a baseball game at Shikellamy High School.
Eli Stem and Matt Aurand each doubled and had multiple hits for the Mustangs, who were able to supply enough offense in support of Shuff.
“Hunter threw an excellent ball game,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “We can’t ask for a better game than Hunter pitched.”
The Mustangs have done it thus far this season with pitching, defense and timely hitting, and this game was no different.
“The story of our season so far has been getting timely hits and taking advantage of mistakes,” Flood said. “When you do those things, you’re going to win some ballgames.”
The Mustangs (4-1, 3-1 Heartland Conference) will be back in action at 4:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to Mifflinburg.
Lancaster County Day 14, Greenwood 6
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood’s pitching staff couldn’t get the ball across the plate Wednesday, and it resulted in a 14-6 loss to Lancaster Country Day.
Between Greenwood’s three pitchers, the Wildcats gave up 23 free passes, allowing Lancaster Country Day to walk away with Tri-Valley League win.
Mitch Taylor had a double for Greenwood, and Adam Harrison collected an RBI.
Greenwood (0-5, 0-3) has a 6:30 p.m. game against Newport on Friday.
Carlisle 4, Mifflin County 0
CARLISLE – Between Isaiah Lipport’s speed and control, the Thundering Herd pitcher gave Mifflin County’s batters plenty of trouble at the plate Wednesday as his 12 stikeouts led to the Huskies’ first loss of the season, 4-0.
“He just gave us fits at the plate. The most difficult part about the 12 strikeouts is that half of them were looking,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said, explaining that he would have liked for his team to be more aggressive on two strikes.
John Michael Maclay recorded the Huskies’ only hit, while Peyton Reesman took the loss while recording five strikeouts and six walks.
In JV action, Mifflin County won 11-7. Ty Bodtorf had the win, Drew Williams was awarded the save and Ross Underhill led the way at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort.
Mifflin County (2-1, 2-1) will host Cedar Cliff on Friday.
Line Mountain 12, Juniata 1 (5 innings)
HERNDON – Line Mountain pounded the ball Wednesday afternoon, and Juniata had no answer as the Indians dropped the Tri-Valley League baseball contest in five innings, 12-1.
Between Juniata pitchers Ty Treaster, Korey Martin and Dalton Nealman, the Indians gave up 19 hits to the Eagles, while only collecting two of their own. Their lone run of the game was scored when Treaster put the ball in play for one of those two hits, then the Juniata run was scored on a Line Mountain error.
“They hit really, really well. They had a lot of things fall in the gap,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said of Line Mountain.
Juniata (1-4, 1-3) travels to Newport on Saturday.
East Juniata 4, Halifax 0
COCOLAMUS – After playing four and a half innings of scoreless baseball against Tri-Valley League opponent Halifax, East Juniata scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game away, 4-0.
East Juniata’s Bailey Coder got the win and Jeremy Pannebaker was awarded the save, while Hunter Hilinski’s troubles from the mound for Halifax were partially responsible for the Tigers’ win.
Hilinski had four strikeouts, but he also walked four and hit three batters in his seven innings of work.
“In the inning that we scored our four runs, we had several hits as well as several walks and a hit batter, and that pretty much was the story line,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker explained.
East Juniata’s RBIs went to Nick Lorenz (2), Mason Hambright and Pannebaker.
The Tigers (2-1, 2-1) travel to Lancaster Country Day on Friday.
Juniata 10, Line Mountain 7
HERNDON – The Juniata softball team racked up 16 hits against Line Mountain on Wednesday, and it resulted in the 10-7 Tri-Valley League win.
Freshman Autumn Young was awarded the win in her two-strikeout, four-walk outing.
Summer Swab led the Indians at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs in her 3-for-4 outing. Other Indians with multiple hits included Kristen Pray, Madalynn Marrone, Megan Shoop and Hannah Welfley.
Juniata (4-1, 4-1) will host Millersburg on Monday.
Mifflin County 5, Chambersburg 0
LEWISTOWN – The Huskies advanced to 7-3 on the tennis court Wednesday with a 5-0 win over Chambersburg.
Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg won only two games against the Huskies’ singles, as Matt DeBenedetto won 6-0, 6-1, Connor Saltzer won 6-0, 6-0, and Clay Morgan swept up 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles action, Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller took a 6-2, 6-2 victory while a 6-4, 6-0 win went to teammates Ben Renninger and Will Fox.
Mifflin County (7-3) will get some District 6 action today when the Huskies travel to Hollidaysburg.
From staff reports
COCOLAMUS – Nick Lorenz doubled and knocked in four runs as East Juniata defeated rival Juniata 11-5 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game Wednesday at East Juniata High School.
Bailey Coder started the game for the Tigers and pitched three innings to pick up the win.
“Bailey was very effective for us the first two innings,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. “He started getting tired and his control was a little off. I took him out after three and Jeremy Pannebaker came in and threw four really super innings.”
The big play for Juniata happened in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Indians had the bases loaded and no outs.
The Juniata player hit a low liner to third and the runners froze, fearing that it might be caught.
The ball bounced and the East Juniata third baseman stepped on third and followed with a throw home for the double play.
Juniata coach Nick Beward pointed to that as one of several mental errors that cost his club.
“After that, they scored several more,” Beward said. “That changed the atmosphere of the game. We just kind of went flat after that.”
As deflating as it was for the Indians, it served the opposite purposed for East Juniata.
“That was very important,” Brubaker said. “It was a real big play. It took the wind out of their sails.”
East Juniata (1-1, 1-1) will host Newport today, while Juniata (1-3, 1-2) hosts Lancaster Country Day the same day.
Midd-West 8, Selinsgrove 2
SELINSGROVE – Four different Mustangs collected multiple hits against Heartland Conference opponent Selinsgrove on Wednesday, as the Midd-West baseball team remained perfect with an 8-2 win.
Midd-West had 11 hits in the contest, but also took advantage of trouble from the Seals’ pitching staff. In fact, Selinsgrove starting pitcher Zach Hendricks didn’t even finish the first inning, allowing five walks during his time on the mound as the Mustangs took advantage to put up a 6-0 lead in the frame.
Mustang pitcher Hunter Schuff threw a complete game, giving up three walks to his five strikeouts as he held the Seals hitless going into the fifth inning.
“When you get pitching like that and timely hitting, you’re going to win some ball games,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said.
Midd-West (3-0, 2-0) hosts Jersey Shore today.
Shikellamy 6, Midd-West 5
MIDDLEBURG – Brynn Markley had a great day for Midd-West, but not enough to help the Mustangs overpower Shikellamy, a 6-5 winner in a Heartland Conference softball game Wednesday.
Markley was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI.
“She can hit the ball,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said.
But, after facing pitching that featured nothing overpowering, he said, “We all should have hit the ball.”
Four errors and five walks doomed the Mustangs; one of the miscues put a runner in scoring position – and she scored.
Midd-West (1-3, 0-3) hosts Shamokin today.
From staff reports
FLINTON – Mount Union pitcher Marissa Aurand pitched her first career perfect game and second no-hitter in a 15-0 demolition of Glendale on Tuesday.
Aurand struck out seven Glendale batters and went 4-for-4 at the plate to complete her brilliant day.
“Aurand really had an awesome day,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “She was hitting her spots all day.”
It was the second perfect game thrown by one of Fiscus’ players in his 15 years of coaching.
Five Trojans had multiple hits and Brittany Brumbaugh, Lauren Shugarts and Guiliante each had three RBIs.
“It was a great day,” Fiscus said. “We hit well, ran the bases well and did everything well. That’s all you can ask for as a coach.”
Mount Union is scheduled to host Bellwood-Antis Thursday afternoon.
Jersey Shore 12,
Midd-West 0 (5 innings)
JERSEY SHORE-A young Midd-West team fell behind early and couldn’t play catch-up as the Mustangs fell to Jersey Shore 12-0 on Tuesday.
The Jersey Shore pitcher blanked the Mustangs for five innings and knocked in four runs on the day.
The Bulldogs came out aggressive and got to Midd-West pitcher Adrianne Gesselman with four runs in the first inning.
“They hit the ball,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. “They’re a real good-hitting, aggressive team.”
Conversely, Voss hopes his team can come out with the same mentality.
“We just let them get that early lead,” Voss said. “It’s just something that we need to work on as a team, just being aggressive.”
Midd-West (1-2, 0-2 HAC) will play Shikellamy today.
Mount Union 8, Glendale 0
MOUNT UNION – Darrian Stapleton was superb on the hill and a trio of Trojans were strong at the plate, but Mount Union skipper Nick Imperioli said it was the defense that made the difference in an 8-0 shutout of Glendale Tuesday.
The strong play in the field continued the season trend that has carried Mount Union to a 4-0 record overall and in the Inter-County Conference.
“It seems that the more the pitcher puts them over and makes them hit it the better the defense plays,” Imperioli said. “And today was probably the first time since the first game we hit the ball well throughout the lineup.”
Brady Goodling, Trevon Walker and Thad Wakefield each hit twice, each had a double and each drove in a run. But it was still Stapleton and his second straight one-hitter – 44 strikes on 67 pitches – that set up the win.
“Darrian was just excellent today again,” Imperioli said. “We played very well behind him.”
The Trojans travel to Bellwood-Antis Thursday.
Mifflin County 3, Cumberland Valley 2
MECHANICSBURG-After finally getting out on the field for the first time this season, Mifflin County made the best of it.
For what is believed to be the first time in the school’s history, Mifflin County defeated Cumberland Valley 3-2 to open the season, giving the Huskies a win against the Commonwealth Division powerhouse in a boys sport.
“It was fantastic,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said of finally opening the season. “It’s nice to be outside playing another team.”
Isaiah Kearns pitched four solid innings and blasted a first-inning homer to spot the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
“He had a great day,” Zook said. “He comes up and hits a big towering home run to left and got himself a lead. He came in and threw really well.”
Heath Hidlay came on in relief of Kearns and picked up his first save of the season.
The Huskies (1-0, 1-0 Mid-Penn Conference) are back in action again today when they host Central Dauphin East.
Midd-West 8, Danville 5
MIDDLEBURG – Luke Zimmerman had three hits including a home run and Midd-West knocked off Danville 8-5 Tuesday afternoon.
Aaron Sharp started and picked up the win for the Mustangs.
“He threw well,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. “He threw a lot of strikes and threw a lot of groundballs and kept them off-balance.”
Zach Brent was a thorn in the Mustangs’ side all day, going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI, but his effort along with three Midd-West errors wasn’t enough for Danville.
Midd-West (2-0, 1-0 HAC) will visit Selinsgrove tonight.
Track and Field
Boys: Mifflin County 102, Harrisburg 48
Girls: Mifflin County 91, Harrisburg 59
HARRISBURG – Mifflin County’s boys and girls picked up first wins of the young season in track and field in what coach Scott Gantz called an all-around team effort.
The boys beat Commonwealth Division opponent Harrisburg 102-48. The girls won their meet 91-59.
“We’re getting better day by day. Hopefully that will get us to where we want to be at the end of the season,” Gantz said.
The Huskies picked up points in multiple events on the track and in the field, Gantz said. Taking advantage of low numbers, Mifflin County used its advantage in distance events, he said.
“The distance runners had a heck of a day,” he said. “We had some kids that got some experience tonight that got us some points. This early in the season that’s a good thing.”
Mifflin County (boys and girls: 1-1, 1-1) return home to host Central Dauphin Tuesday.
Boys: Greenwood 105, Millersburg 45
Girls: Greenwood 82, Millersburg 68
MILLERSTOWN – Seconds and thirds were precious for the Wildcats as Greenwood won in both boys and girls track and field over Tri-Valley League opponent Millersburg Tuesday.
The girls were paced by sweeps in the long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles. The boys captured all three relays and swept the discus.
* Mount Union 16, Glendale 0 (4 innings). WP: Sarah Gearhart. Top hitter: Diana Roher, 3-for-3, 3B, 2B.
From staff reports
MILLERSTOWN – Juniata stormed back with six runs in the sixth inning to defeat Greenwood 10-9 in a Tri-Valley League softball game Monday.
Victoria Cisney led the way for Juniata with four hits including a triple and three RBIs.
Six Indians and four Wildcats had multiple hits in an offensive display.
On top of her 5 2/3 innings in the circle, Brooke Louden had two hits and two RBIs for Greenwood, but did suffer the loss in what was a hard-luck sixth inning for her.
“We dug ourselves a hole with an error in the sixth,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “Our girls didn’t quit, we got two (in the seventh) and had the tying run on second, we just couldn’t push across the third run across.”
Juniata also took the junior varsity game, 10-5.
Greenwood will travel to Upper Dauphin on Wednesday while Juniata will host East Juniata the same day.
Juniata 7, Greenwood 3
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata freshman Korey Martin threw a complete game and struck out nine Greenwood batters to lift Juniata to a 7-3 Tri-Valley League win over Greenwood Monday afternoon.
Juniata coach Nick Beward called Martin’s effort “definitely the highlight of the night”
Ty Treaster and Dahkota Switzer each knocked in two runs as the Indians only could muster three hits, but benefited from four Greenwood errors.
“Offensively, it was a struggle for us,” Beward said. “We really had trouble seeing the sidearmer and staying back.”
Greenwood starter Mitch Taylor struck out 10 Indians and also matched Martin by throwing a complete game.
“Errors killed us,” Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said. “We gave up one earned run the whole game. The pitchers threw well. Mitch Taylor pitched a great game.”
Juniata will be back in action Wednesday when it travels to rival East Juniata; the Wildcats will host Upper Dauphin the same day.
Mifflin County 5,
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County rebounded from a bad run of tennis matches Monday, stringing together five straight-set wins in a 5-0 shutout of Northern.
“We lost three in a row so we needed a match where we played pretty well,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said. “We did today.”
The Huskies improve to 5-3 both overall and in Mid-Penn play.
Juniata 5, Huntingdon 2
MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata swept Huntingdon in singles competition to beat the Bearcats 5-2 Monday in boys tennis action.
Luis Pacheco was the most dominant of the Juniata players, dropping Matt Scialabba 6-0, 6-2 in straight sets.
Huntingdon’s sweep of doubles play was meaningless as the Indians had already wrapped up the victory.
Juniata will be back in action Monday when it hosts Carson Long.