Greenwood earns 2nd victory, 9-8
HALIFAX – Greenwood scored nine runs against Halifax – all of them in the seventh – and held off a three-run charge in the bottom of the inning to maintain the lead for its second win of the season, 9-8.
“We were able to string a number of hits together, I think we had seven hits in the seventh inning,” said Greenwood coach Troy Gantt, whose team had 10 total hits against Halifax pitcher Chelsea Konyar.
One of those hits was a two-run homer by Nikki Willi.
“She came through with a big drive to left-center, and it proved to be the runs that were the insurance we needed,” Gantt said.
Overall the Greenwood bats were very efficient. Willi, Madison Pyle, Amy Heggenstaller, Mackenzie McCoy, Kelsey Stemler, Becca Stalvey, Kiera Walton and Bree Paden all had RBIs for the local team.
Heggenstaller also went all seven innings for the win.
Greenwood (2-9, 1-9) travels to East Juniata today.
Millersburg 10, Juniata 0
MILLERSBURG – On Thursday, Millersburg pitcher Marlo Roadcap beat Juniata in just about every way possible.
The starter pitched a complete game shutout and went 3-for-4 at the plate, knocking in six runs as her team beat Juniata 10-0 in a Tri-Valley League softball game.
Kristen Pray and Megan Shoop were the only Indians to get to Roadcap, with each singling.
Juniata (5-5, 5-5 TVL) will travel to non-league opponent West Perry on Monday.
District 6 Class AA doubles championships
ALTOONA – Neither Juniata doubles team could make it out of the round of 16 Thursday during the District 6 Class AA doubles championships.
Brad Strawser and Ricky Heck fought back hard for a loss of 7-5 in the second set of their match with Tyler Spotz and Luke DiFrancesco of Bishop McCort, but the Indians had already lost the first set 6-1, meaning the two were done in the tournament.
Teammates Brad Lipka and Luis Pacheco followed a similar fate against Central Cambria’s Josh Remillard and Kristoff Trexler when the Indians fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
Track and field
Boys: Chambersburg 96, Mifflin County 54
Girls: Chambersburg 108.5, Mifflin County 41.5
CHAMBERSBURG – With the West Central Coach’s meet scheduled for today and the postseason in the near future, Mifflin County shook up its lineup against Chambersburg on Thursday to keep certain members of both the boys and girls track and field teams fresh.
In the end, Mifflin County took the 96-54 loss on the boys side and went down 108.5-41.5 on the girls side, but coach Scott Gantz said it was done with the postseason in mind.
“We’re just picking our battles right now,” he explained.
In terms of Thursday’s meet, the boys action on the field was Mifflin County’s strongest. The Huskies trailed Chambersburg just 32-31 in the field score, and this was thanks to first-place finishes by Jordan Fisher (high jump, five feet, eight inches), Zach Long (javelin, 174-3), George Donahey (pole vault, 12-0) and Malik Sechler (triple jump, 40-11).
On the girls end, Kelsie Kennedy ran a 16.9 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 49.2 in the 300 hurdles for two of the Huskies’ three first-place fineshes on the track.
Makala Rearick won the only field event (shot put, 34-5 3/4).
Mifflin County (Boys: 1-6; Girls: 2-5) travels to the West Central Coach’s Meet today and will host Central Dauphin East on Wednesday.
Boys: East Juniata 91, Upper Dauphin 50
Girls: East Juniata 95, Upper Dauphin 46
COCOLAMUS – The 4×400-meter relay team of Brynne Guyer, Brittany Swartz, Megan Onavage and Lydia Strawser finished in 5:53 to help lift East Juniata to a 95-46 win over Upper Dauphin on Thursday at East Juniata High School.
“I think we have to mention our girls 4-by-4 team,” East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said. “It was our throwers’ relay and for points (and they won it).”
The boys team also picked up a 91-50 win over Upper Dauphin.
David Brantley led the way winning all four events in which he competed. Brantley swept the hurdles in 15.3 seconds and 46.4 seconds, respectively.
The Tigers senior also won both the long jump and the triple jump with leaps of 18 feet, four inches and 38-3 1/2, respectively.
“We had a good meet today, actually a really good meet today,” Ritzman said.
The Tigers will travel to Midd-West today.
Boys: Southern Fulton 113, Mount Union 27; Faith Christian 79, Mount Union 58
Girls: Southern Fulton 113, Mount Union 37; Mount Union 83, Faith Christian 53
WARFORDSBURG – Thanks to nine individual firsts and a winning relay team, Mount Union’s girls track and field team was able to pick up its second win of the season Thursday.
The Trojans – boys and girls – fell to host Southern Fulton, but the girls were able to get the best of Faith Christian in the tri-meet.
Tesla Seilhamer (100-meter dash and pole vault), Emily Taylor (400 and 4×800 relay) and Liz Steward (3,200 run and 4×800) were multiple winners. Emily Smith and Bailey Jensen both were on the relay unit. Other winners were Mackenzie Rodgers, 300 hurdles; Alexis Edgin, triple jump; Tynita White, shot put; Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker, discus; and Ashley Woods, javelin.
The boys had just one multiple winner, Evan Richardson, in the 100 and 400 dashes. Other winners were Nathan Morgan, 300 hurdles; Shykai Banks, 800 run; Zach Brenneman, 3,200; Forrest Reinhart, pole vault; and Cody Miller, shot put.
The girls are now 2-8, the boys 1-9. Mount Union travels to the Inter-County Conference meet Monday.
Boys: Juniata 80, Millersburg 69
Girls: Millersburg 91, Juniata 59
MIFFLINTOWN – Nick Gilbert led the Juniata boys track team to a 80-69 win over Millersburg on Thursday.
Gilbert was a part of four wins for the Indians, sweeping the hurdles, winning the high jump and adding a relay win to the mix.
“Nick Gilbert had four first-places on our team,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said. “He’s really on his game.”
Hart was also pleased that her team is starting to reassemble at the right time after injuries have set them back.
One of those guys back from injury was Dakota McNemar, who competed in four events, winning the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.6 seconds.
“McNemar came back from an injury and ran both hurdles,” Hart said. “I was really happy for him too that he was able to come back and run those events.”
The girls team suffered a 91-59 loss to Millersburg, with Hailie Shertzer leading the way with two first-place finishes.
Shertzer won the long jump by leaping 14 feet and the shot put, throwing 29 feet, 3 3/4 inches.
Carly Burns picked up the remaining Juniata win, crossing the line in 13:50.7 for a 3,200-meter run victory.
For the boys team, the win means a ray of light in their quest to catch Greenwood for first place in the conference.
“We have a chance to catch Greenwood for first with one meet left Monday,” Hart said. “It’s looking better and better that we will.”
Juniata will visit Upper Dauphin on Monday.
Millersburg 3, Juniata 2 (13 innings)
MILLERSBURG – Ty Treaster went 3-for-5 at the plate and knocked in a run but took the extra-inning loss for Juniata in a tough 3-2, 13-inning loss to Millersburg.
“I cannot say enough about how those guys played tonight,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said.
Sophomore Chantz Swartz started the game for Juniata and struck out 13 Millersburg batters, keeping his team right with one of the better teams in the conference.
“Our pitching was as good as its been in years (tonight),” Beward said. “I think Chantz showed everybody what he is truly made of.”
Juniata (3-7, 3-6 TVL) will look to shake off the loss Saturday when it hosts Lancaster Country Day at 10 a.m.
Halifax 11, Greenwood 1 (5 innings)
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood got one run across when a Grant Sarver bunt brought Noah Wright home from third, but that was all it could get in a five-inning, 11-1 loss to Halifax on Thursday.
Greenwood had only one hit – a single by Drew Paden in the first – during the Tri-Valley League baseball loss.
Halifax’s big inning was in the fourth, when it had six runs for the 11-1 lead and eventual win.
Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said errors played a role in the fourth.
“Just routine plays. We didn’t make routine plays. We two errors in that inning there,” he explained.
Paden took the loss for Greenwood, which is now 0-11 and will host East Juniata today.
Several of Thursday’s local sports events were postponed due to field conditions. New dates, where available, are:
Thursday, May 1
Mifflin County at Central Dauphin – today
Line Mountain at East Juniata – Monday
Mount Union at Claysburg-Kimmel
Central Dauphin at Mifflin County – today
East Juniata at Line Mountain – May 16
Mifflinburg at Midd-West – Wednesday
Babe Ruth baseball
Lewistown 17, Yeagertown 11
LEWISTOWN – This was suppose to be a rebuilding year for Lewistown.
On Thursday night the six-time defending Mifflin County Babe Ruth League champions have now moved into third place and are just a half a game behind the league leaders, Reedsville and Belltown.
After an opening day loss to Reedsville, the West has won three games in a row and has outscored its opponents, 32-20.
The victim on Thursday was Yeagertown in a 17-11 victory.
Lewistown (3-1) pounded out 13 hits with 10 players getting at least one.
Damon Jasper provided the big hit for the West as he put the game away with a three-run double in the sixth. Jasper also closed out the game on the mound for Lewistown as he pitched the last three innings, giving up just two hits, two runs and striking out five including the side in the top of the seventh.
Kenny Cavanaugh led the West offense with three hits. He doubled in the first and second innings. Trent Hidlay also added two hits and Tristan Bonilla had the West’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Yeagertown jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Ty Bodtorf’s second home run of the year, a three run shot.
Bodtorf finished with three hits as he tripled in the fourth. Isaac Matthews, a 13-year-old, also had three hits with two doubles and three RBIs. Jordan Marshall had Yeagertown’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Marcus Donahey picked up the win for Lewistown with four innings of work.