East Juniata clinches district playoff berth
NEW BLOOMFIELD – East Juniata defeated Carson Long in five innings twice in a doubleheader Wednesday – a 10-0 shutout that was the completion of a suspended game from earlier in the season, and a 13-2 win in the regularly scheduled game – and it was enough to clinch a winning season and a ride to the District 4 tournament.
The second win came off a 13-hit effort by the Tigers, who saw a 2-for-2 night from Nick Stahr, Kyle Hart and Seth Rowe.
Dalton Rowe was the winning pitcher, throwing four strikeouts and giving up two runs in three innings.
East Juniata (10-3, 8-3) hosts Lancaster Country Day today, and coach Tim Brubaker said the team is thrilled to reach districts for the second year in a row, and will now focus on improving its record to gain better seeding.
Mount Union 3,
MOUNT UNION – Trevon Walker helped Mount Union win a game in yet another way.
The junior shortstop stole second twice to help manufacture two runs, including the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh in what was a 3-2 win for the Trojans over Bellwood-Antis in an Inter-County Conference game on Wednesday.
“He’s a big guy and he’s got it all,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “He’s leading the team in practically every category. He’s just had an outstanding year at shortstop.”
Walker took a lead-off base on balls to start the bottom half of the seventh inning, then stole second to get in scoring position with no outs.
He advanced to third on a groundout and later scored on Drew Harshbarger’s walk-off single up the middle.
Walker leads the Trojans in batting average (.463), RBIs (32), hits (25), is tied for the team lead in stolen bases (12) and hasn’t given up a run in several relief appearances.
Klayton Heffner had a strong effort on the mound, tossing a complete game and striking out 12.
“It was a great game,” Imperioli said. “Both pitchers pitched really well. I was really impressed by Klayton.”
Mount Union (13-3, 11-1) currently stands 1/2 game behind Bellwood-Antis for the conference lead and will host West Branch today at 4:30 p.m.
Shikellamy 8, Midd-West 0
BEAVER SPRINGS – Midd-West’s senior day turned into error day as the Mustangs were charged with five on the way to an 8-0 loss to Heartland Conference foe Shikellamy.
The Braves faced a pitcher in Ryan Combs who, outside of two pitches the day before, had not been on the mound since mid-April. They all but cemented the win with a three-run homer in the fifth.
Shane Connahan had two of Midd-West’s five hits.
The Mustangs (12-4, 7-4) host Montoursville today.
MILLERSTOWN – Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh, Greenwood did something that it hadn’t done all year: win a baseball game.
Adam Harrison and Drew Paden each drove in runs in the final turn to lift the Wildcats over Fannett-Metal, 6-5, in a non-league contest Wednesday.
“We played well. We had opportunities to put them away and didn’t capitalize,” Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said. “It was good to see the boys get excited again.”
Mitch Taylor opened the frame with a single and Eli Goodling was next to get on base. After a double steal, Harrison and Paden each had RBI flies to deliver the win.
Greenwood (1-14) is back to Tri-Valley League play today with a doubleheader in Newport.
MILLERSTOWN – It was a game of contrasts Wednesday when Greenwood outhit nonleague opponent Fannett-Metal 11-2 for a 7-1 win on the softball field.
Amy Heggenstaller got her fifth win in the circle – it was also the fifth for the team – as she held Fannett-Metal to just two hits.
On their own offensive end, the Wildcats were led by Nikki Willi, who had a double and three RBIs in her 3-for-4 day at the plate.
“We’re looking to improve here. It was a pretty well played game on both sides,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
The Wildcats (5-10, 2-10) travel to Newport today.
MIDDLEBURG – Sara Shambach got Midd-West’s only hit – a single – as the Mustangs were shutout, 10-0, by Heartland Conference opponent Mifflinburg on Wednesday.
Chelsea Mitchell collected the win from the circle, while her team backed her up with 14 hits.
Midd-West travels to Selinsgrove today.
Mount Union 5
BELLWOOD – Bellwood-Antis’ Emily Nagle sent three balls over the fence Wednesday, leading the Blue Devils in an 8-5 Inter-County Conference softball victory over Mount Union.
Bellwood-Antis was up 3-0 going into the third, when the Trojans scored four to take the lead. But the home team took it back in the bottom of the frame and the best Mount Union could muster after that was a brief tie.
“We had runners in scoring position in six of seven innings,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “We definitely had our chances.”
Fiscus said he told Marissa Aurand to throw off the plate, but Nagle was able to get ahold of two of those, both low.
“My hat’s off to her,” Fiscus said.
Mount Union (13-5, 8-4) travels to West Branch today for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
* Mount Union 24, Bellwood-Antis 7: WP: McKenna Shields. Diana Roher had a double and went 2-for-2. Mount Union travels to West Branch today.