MU takes ICC North
CLAYSBURG – Mount Union finished off a suspended game with a win Monday, dropping Claysburg-Kimmel 6-0 in Inter-County Conference baseball action.
Darrian Stapleton earned the win, going four innings and striking out four.
The Trojans pounded out 16 hits including six extra base hits, led by Hunter Atherton’s two doubles and Drew Harshbarger’s three RBIs.
The Mount Union pitchers – Stapelton, Klayton Heffner and Trevon Walker – combined for seven strikeouts and no walks.
The win secured Mount Union (15-3, 13-1) the ICC-North title and a date with Southern Fulton (18-2), the South champion.
“Winning the division was an accomplishment in itself,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. “I’m very proud of our guys for hanging on.”
The Inter-County Conference title game will be today at Southern Fulton.
Greenwood 3 (5 inn.)
MIFFLINTOWN – When Greenwood and Juniata got started on the baseball diamond, the visiting Wildcats kept even with Juniata through two innings – and then rain ended that day’s play.
Monday, it was all Indians. Dakhota Sweitzer homered, Korey Martin bashed a triple and drove in three runs in a game that ended after five innings complete, 13-3 Juniata. The Indians scored eight in the third to open the insurmountable gap.
“Today it was dry and we played really well,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said, noting that four of his team’s five errors happened in those first two frames played in the rain.
Juniata (5-10, 5-9) hosts Newport Tuesday.
East Juniata 6, Penns Valley 3
COCOLAMUS – East Juniata got doubles from Nick Lorenz and Terran Sheaffer and defeated Penns Valley 6-3 on Monday in a non-league baseball game.
Chas McGuire picked up the win in relief of Mason Hambright.
Four Tigers knocked in a run including McGuire and Sheaffer.
The Tigers (12-4, 9-4 TVL) will host Greenwood today.
Midd-West 4, Danville 2
DANVILLE – Aaron Sharp pitched a complete game and surrendered just one earned run in seven strong innings as Midd-West beat Danville 4-2 in a Heartland Conference baseball game Monday.
Shane Connahan led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI as three third-inning runs held up for the Mustangs.
Luke Zimmerman added a double and an RBI in the win.
Midd-West (13-6, 8-6) has completed conference play and will compete in the District 4 tournament next week.
Central Dauphin East 2, Mifflin County 1
HARRISBURG – In the bottom of the eighth, Central Dauphin East broke a 1-1 stalemate that had held since the fourth, surprising Mifflin County with a 2-1 victory in Commonwealth Division softball Monday.
For the Panthers, it was a shot at the District 3 tournament. For the Huskies, it means a win is a must today to guarantee a spot in the Mid-Penn Conference tournament. Mifflin County already has clinched a District 6 berth.
“CD East played the game of their life and we didn’t,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “I knew that they were capable of playing well. We need to shake off whatever contributed today, go out tomorrow and put that decision in our own hands.”
A pinch hitter led off the eighth and reached on a misplayed ball, then was sacrificed to second. Another hit, a bad throw and the winning run scored, McCurdy said.
“We just made some miscues on defense in the final inning that came back to haunt us,” McCurdy said. “It just kind of snowballed on us.”
Mifflin County (13-2, 15-4) travel to Chambersburg today.
Greenwood 8, East Juniata 1
MILLERSTOWN – Greenwood got another excellent effort from Amy Heggenstaller and completed a season sweep of East Juniata, winning 8-1 on Monday in Tri-Valley League softball.
Heggenstaller also added a 2-for-3 effort at the plate including a double and two RBIs.
“(Amy) gave us another solid day in the circle,” Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. “Our bats came out of a slumber there in the third and started to string together some hits.”
Greenwood (6-11, 3-11) is in the hut for a District 3 playoff spot. The Wildcats conclude the Perry County tournament today with a finals matchup at Susquenita.
West Perry 7, Juniata 4
ELLIOTTSBURG – Kristen Pray went 4-for-4, but Juniata came up on the short end of a 7-4 decision to West Perry on Monday in a non-league softball game.
Micheh Horning and Victoria Cisney also picked up two hits apiece for the Indians.
The Indians outhit the Mustangs 11-9 in the losing effort.
Juniata (7-6) will play at Newport today.
Newport 7, Midd-West 1
MIDDLEBURG – Midd-West might want to inventory the bags after Monday’s non-league softball game against Newport.
The Buffaloes stole a boatload of bases against Midd-West, and had most of the hits in a 7-1 non-league loss. It was the Mustangs’ final game of the season, but despite a 5-15 finish coach Pete Voss is not unhappy.
“We are 150 percent better than we were last year,” he said. “We are heads and tails better.”
Other than singles, the notable stat was for Adrianne Gesselman, who drove in a run in her final game.
* Mount Union 10, Hollidaysburg 0 (5 inn.): WP Sarah Gearhart. Taylor Fortney home run. Mount Union ends the season 16-1.