Swartz HRs deliver for Juniata
LANCASTER – Chantz Swartz belted a pair of three-run home runs Tuesday, propelling Juniata to a 13-0 win over Lancaster Country Day in a Tri-Valley League baseball game.
“He hit the ball well. He’s really starting to come along,” Juniata coach Nick Beward said of Swartz, who drove in seven runs in the shutout win.
Swartz wasn’t the only one. Chad Eberle homered and three other Indians hit doubles.
Lancaster Country Day pitching gave up a total of 18 hits on the day; Swartz, Dylan Loudenslager and Andrew Boyer each had three.
“That was what you call an overall team win,” Beward said. “(We were) very strong up and down through the lineup.”
And, he said, it was nice to reverse the outcome against a team that beat the Indians over the weekend.
Juniata (4-8, 4-7) hosts Halifax Thursday.
East Juniata 9, Newport 5
NEWPORT – East Juniata freshman Mason Hambright tripled and knocked in two runs for East Juniata and earned the win, as the Tigers defeated Newport 9-5 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game.
Bailey Coder earned the save in relief of Hambright.
After Newport scored three first-inning runs on Caleb McNeilie’s three-run triple, East Juniata had no choice but to answer.
“We came back with three in the third and fourth,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. “We started hitting the ball a little.”
McNeilie did most of the damage for Newport, knocking in four of the Buffaloes’ five runs.
East Juniata (8-3, 8-3 TVL) will travel to Carson Long today for a doubleheader.
Midd-West 7, Selinsgrove 6
BEAVER SPRINGS – Hunter Shuff made Selinsgrove pay for its mistakes in the sixth inning, driving in the tying, go-ahead and a needed insurance run as the Mustangs topped Selinsgrove 7-6 in a Heartland Conference baseball game Tuesday.
Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom the of the sixth, the Seals allowed Aaron Sharp to reach on a dropped third strike, then issued a walk and committed an error to load the bags. Shuff doubled, scoring the three runs.
Selinsgrove got one back in the seventh, but that was it.
Walks and errors contributed to Selinsgrove’s woes as the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead after an inning. But a pair of doubles helped the Seals score three in the third to move into the lead.
Midd-West (12-3, 7-3) hosts Shikellamy today.
Midd-West 6, Danville 5 (9 innings)
MIDDLEBURG – Jenna Aumiller hit a walk-off single to center in the bottom of the night inning to score Brynn Markley and secure a 6-5 win for Midd-West over Danville in a nine-inning Heartland Conference game.
It was a measure of redemption for Midd-West as the Mustangs lost a game in similar fashion at Danville by a 5-4 score earlier in the season.
“It was a great game,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. “It was a complete team victory. They showed a lot of heart and desire.”
Markley went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs and Adrianne Gesselman pitched a complete game to pick up the win despite scattering 15 walks.
Midd-West (4-12, 2-12 HAC) will host Millersburg today.
Mount Union 17, Moshannon Valley 4 (5 inn.)
HOUTZDALE – A sixth-run fifth inning capped off a mercy-rule win for Mount Union’s softball team Tuesday, 17-4 over Inter-County Conference opponent Moshannon Valley.
Kristin Miles and Brittany Brumbaugh each had two hits including a double in the win; Miles and Marissa Aurand each drove in a pair of runs. Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said Chapin Guiliante had a good win in the circle.
“We made them come to our level and I thought we played some good ball,” he said. “I’m hoping it spills over into tomorrow.”
That’s when the Trojans (13-4, 8-3) travel to Bellwood-Antis.
* Mount Union 9, Moshannan Valley 0; Mount Union 8, Moshannan Valley 0: Sarah Gearhart and Darian Dixon each picked up a win for Mount Union. Taylor Fortney went 3-for-3 in the first game and Rylee Atherton went 2-for-3 with a triple and homer in the second game.