Trojans suffer first loss of season
BELLWOOD – Mount Union starter Klayton Heffner and his Mount Union teammates were uncomfortable on the road at Bellwood-Antis.
Heffner had trouble gripping and throwing the baseball on a cold, rainy day at Bellwood.
“We were just uncomfortable up there,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “(Klayton) was definitely having trouble.”
The result was Mount Union’s first loss of the season, an 11-6 defeat at the hands of the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils’ starter, Chad Luensman, was throwing hard and relying primarily on his fastball, which according to Imperioli, he benefitted from.
The Trojans also made four errors on the day.
“It was just almost a nightmare,” Imperioli said. “We had four errors and every one hurt us.”
Brady Goodling hit a homer for the Trojans and Thad Wakefield doubled and knocked in three runs.
The Trojans (4-1, 4-1 ICC) will take the field next on Monday when they host Huntingdon.
Jersey Shore 10,
MIDDLEBURG – Jersey Shore outhit Midd-West 10-6 on the baseball diamond Thursday, and it was enough to drop the Mustangs 10-3.
“They’re always cream of the crop. They’re going to push, and they have a good ball club,” Midd-West coach Ron Flood said of Jersey Shore.
Travis Zechman came into the game for Zane Leister in the fifth to take the loss for the Mustangs. Teammate Hunter Shuff went 2-for-4 from the plate and collected an RBI.
Midd-West (3-1, 2-1 Heartland Conference) will host Montoursville today.
Shamokin 7, Midd-West 5
MIDDLEBURG – Sara Shambach led the Mustangs with a solo home run in the fifth and 2-for-4 hitting, but Midd-West fell to Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin 7-5 on Thursday.
Midd-West coach Pete Voss said a couple Mustang errors allowed Shamokin runners in scoring position, and the Indians came through with singles to bring them in.
“We held them pretty well in check, we just had errors at inopportune times,” he said.
Pitcher Adrianne Gesselman took the loss, going all seven innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
“We’ve got to play all seven innings. It’s two games in a row that we’re making a hard charge to come back in the seventh, but the effort falls just a little short,” said Voss, whose team scored two runs in the final frame.
Midd-West (1-4, 0-4) travels to Mifflinburg on Tuesday.
Line Mountain 15,
MILLERSTOWN – Line Mountain erased a 6-4 Greenwood lead in the fifth inning and went on to defeat Greenwood 15-9 Thursday in a softball game at Greenwood High School.
Kelsey Keener went 2-for-4 on the day for Greenwood and knocked in three runs.
Greenwood wasn’t helped by making eight errors on the day.
“You can’t have eight errors in a game and expect to win,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “That’s something that we’ll have to clear up.”
The Wildcats (0-2, 0-2 TVL) will play next on Saturday at home against Millersburg.
Track and Field
Boys: West Branch 97, Mount Union 52;
Southern Huntingdon 115.5, Mount Union 35.5
Girls: Mount Union 74, West Branch 70;
Southern Huntingdon 94,
Mount Union 56
MOUNT UNION – Behind seven first place finishes – two by jumper Alexis Edgin – Mount Union’s girls track team picked up its first win of the season, 74-70 over West Branch.
That was the highlight of the day though, as West Branch won against the boys and Southern Huntingdon won both meets against the Trojans.
Edgin’s wins in the long and triple jumps were part of a strong day in the field in which Tynita White (shot put), Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker (discus) and Katie McDonald (javelin) all finished first in their events. Emily Rogers (300 hurdles) and Katie Hoffer (pole vault) also were event winners.
“It was a total team effort on the girls side. I was please we were able to pull out that win,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said.
For the boys, B.J. Loner was the top athlete with wins in the 100-meter dash, high jump and long jump.
Mount Union (Boys: 1-2, 0-2 Inter-County Conference; Girls: 1-2, 1-1) travel to McConnellsburg April 10.
* Softball: Mount Union 15, Bellwood-Antis 0 (4 innings). Darian Dixon was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts to three walks. She allowed two hits. Rylee Atherton had a double for the Trojans.