From staff reports
PHILIPSBURG – Thanks to a complete shutout from Shelby Lyter, Mifflin County earned a split against two AAAA schools on Saturday at Philipsburg’s softball tournament.
Mara Rhodes doubled and knocked in two runs for the Huskies in a 4-0 win over Altoona after dropping the first game to Central Mountain 10-1.
“They do hit the ball,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “In my years of coaching, they’re a much improved team. Offensively, they’re a good team. I think they’re a team on the rise.”
Central Mountain’s top starter, Rachel Shady, held Mifflin County to four hits and one run, Allessa Morrison’s first homer of the year.
“That’s a team that we’re going to have to contend with,” McCurdy said about Central Mountain. “They’re a very good team. They’re very aggressive hitters. They’re a team that we’ll have to concentrate on.”
The Huskies (10-3, 8-1 Mid-Penn) will be right back in action today when they travel to Carlisle.
Mifflin County Tomahawks 40, Huntingdon Elite 7
The Mifflin county Tomahawks traveled to Huntingdon Saturday to take on the Huntingdon County Elite. The Tomahawks went into the game very focused knowing that a win would secure their first ever winning season and come a step closer to a playoff birth.
It was all Tomahawks as they crushed the Elite 40-7. Jace Maurer ran for 36 yards and a touchdown and added 12 yards through the air. Carlos Jackson and Brian Reinhart eached scored a touchdown on the ground.
The Tomahawks No. 1 ranked defense in the Mountain division held the Elite to minus-16 yards in total offense. Mason Switzer led the attack with six tackles a blocked punt, and a sack. Brian Reinhart had four tackles and three sacks.
Joe Mohr and Mike Short helped the cause with four tackles apiece. The Tomahawk Player of the game was Josh Hower. Hower had a monster day with four tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries which he returned for touchdowns.
The Tomahawks move to second place in the Mountain division with a 6-1 record behind the undefeated DuBois Mountain Lions. The Tomahawks take on last years Keystone Bowl champs, the Susquehanna Seminoles Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Mt. Carmel.
From staff reports
ALTOONA – Matt DeBenedetto and Conner Saltzer ran up against a familiar foe Friday when they fell in the semifinals to Altoona’s Ryan Good and Chad Allender in the District 6 Class AAA tennis doubles tournament.
After faltering against the Altoona duo to the tune of a 6-2, 6-3 regular-season loss Thursday, the Huskies again ran into trouble against the No. 1 seed team Friday, 6-1, 6-0.
Prior to that, the Mifflin County pair had topped Hollidaysburg’s Emre Cardakali and Josh Cobler with a 7-3 tiebreaker in the first set and a 6-3 win in the second.
DeBenedetto and Saltzer were the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while teammates Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller went unseeded.
Donaldson and Koller cruised through the round of 16 – they didn’t give up a single game to Seth Wert and Kline Williams – but dropped out in the quarterfinals when No. 3 seed Matt and Seth Wherley of State College routed the Huskies, 6-0, 6-3.
Juniata 3, Carson Long 2;
Juniata 5, Carson Long 0
MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata tennis team swept a doubleheader with Carson Long 3-2 and 5-0 Friday to move to 7-1 on the season.
Brad Strawser turned in two wins for the Indians, beating both Omar Jamai and James McCloskey of Carson Long.
Juniata (7-1) will face Huntingdon on Monday in the District 6 Class AA team tournament.
Mifflin County 5, Central Dauphin 2
HARRISBURG – Peyton Reesman pitched five solid innings and earned the win for Mifflin County as the Huskies defeated Central Dauphin 5-2 on Friday at Central Dauphin High School.
The Huskies’ sophomore lefty worked around some first-inning trouble and went on to strike out eight Rams on the day.
“The big key was Peyton Reesman throwing a really nice game,” Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. “After the first, he just breezed though.”
The Huskies got doubles from John Michael Maclay and Isaiah Kearns and RBIs from Kearns, Heath Hidlay, Isaac Strohecker and two from Hunter Walker.
Reesman also got some help from reliever Blayz Shartzer, who used a double play ground ball to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to earn the save.
Zook was happy with the continued resurgence the offense has shown in recent days.
“We had nine hits, so we’re still hitting the ball well,” Zook said. “(Today it was) pitching, defense and batting. It all really came together today. The kids are playing really well.”
Mifflin County (7-5, 7-4 Mid-Penn) will host Carlisle on Monday.
Midd-West 10, Montoursville 7
MONTOURSVILLE – Shane Connahan went 2-for-2 and homered for Midd-West as the?Mustangs disposed of Montoursville 10-7 on Friday in a Heartland Athletic Conference baseball game at Montoursville High School.
Aaron Sharp earned the win for the Mustangs and Alex Hackenberg picked up the save.
Five Midd-West played produced multiple hits including Connahan and Luke Zimmerman.
The Mustangs (11-2, 6-2) will be back in action on Monday when they host Mifflinburg.
Tyrone 1, Mount Union 0
TYRONE – Mount Union had its chances to score, but didn’t convert in a 1-0 loss to Tyrone on Friday.
The Trojans – who only had three hits against Tyrone pitcher Jordan Miller – squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the fifth and also missed a scoring opportunity in the seventh, and that opened the door for the Golden Tigers when an error allowed Zack Soellner to stay on the bases in the bottom of the seventh, eventually to be brought home on a sacrifice fly to left.
“We had opportunities. We had the bases loaded in the fifth inning,” Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said.
Mount Union pitcher Klayton Heffner took the loss, going the distance with five strikeouts and five hits.
The Trojans (9-3) begin a long, five-game week Monday when they travel to Central Cambria.
East Juniata 11, Greenwood 0
MILLERSTOWN – East Juniata jumped on Greenwood starter Mitch Taylor and beat the Wildcats 11-0 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game at Greenwood High School on Friday.
Mason Hambright started the game for East Juniata and earned the win with three shutout innings.
Hambright got some help from Nick Lorenz and his offense.
Lorenz hit a two-run homer and Dalton Rowe went 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs in the win.
Mount Union 12, McConnellsburg 1
McCONNELLSBURG – Liza Feagley was racking up the numbers for the Mount Union softball team on Friday against McConnellsburg.
In addition to gaining the 12-1 win from the circle, Feagley hit two homers, collected five RBIs and went 3-for-5 to lead the Trojans to the non-conference win.
“We really hit. Liza obviously had a great night. I was really happy to see Reegan McCaulley hit and Gabby Morder as well,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
McCaulley had three RBIs and Morder went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
The Trojans (12-2) travel to Claysburg-Kimmel on Monday. The teams will complete the remainder of a game suspended earlier in the season, then will play the regularly scheduled game immediately afterward.
Track and field
Boys: Greenwood 107, East Juniata 43
Girls: Greenwood 109, East Juniata 40
MILLERSTOWN – Sweeps were the name of the game Friday as both the boys and girls Greenwood track and field teams took a win over Tri-Valley League opponent East Juniata.
The Wildcat girls topped East Juniata, 109-40, taking first place in all but four events. Greenwood was paced by Taylor Hartman with first-place finishes in every jumping event, plus two individual wins apiece from Jordyn Sorber and Hattie Kuhns.
The Wildcats were also greedy about second- and third-place spots, sweeping the 200-meter dash, the 3,200 and the pole vault en route to the win. There was no point awarded for third place in the 3,200, accounting for the 149 point total between the two teams.
On the boys side, the Wildcats were also triumphant with a 107-43 victory.
The boys swept the 100-meter dash, the 1,600, the triple jump and the pole vault, while Hunter Miller and Tyler Fegley each had two individual first-place fineshes apiece.
David Brantley was the big winner for the Tigers, taking first in two track events and the long jump. Teammate Justin Murphy won the 400 and the high jump.
Greenwood will travel to the Stan Morgan Invitational today, while East Juniata makes the trip to Penns Valley on Monday.
*Softball: Mount Union 17, McConnellsburg 0 (5 innings). Darian Walker got the win with seven strikeouts and one hit. Taylor Fortney went 3-for-3 with two doubles while Sarah Gearhart went 2-for-3 with one double.