Johnson’s first hit was game-winner for Huskies
MECHANICSBURG — It went down to the wire but late-inning heroics from Maxie Johnson carried Mifflin County over Cumberland Valley 3-2 in a Mid-Penn Conference softball game Thursday.
“I think it was a great way to end the week,” Huskies coach Jack McCurdy said. “The game was evenly played and the girls they battled and that’s all you can expect.”
The game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the seventh inning where Johnson, who hadn’t gotten a hit all game, came through with a clutch home run to give the Huskies the go-ahead lead.
“She was pretty elated,” McCurdy said. “The whole team was waiting for her at home plate — it was big moment for her.”
The Eagles had runners on base in the bottom half of the inning, but the Mifflin County defense bore down and got the outs to put the game away.
Mifflin County (9-3, 5-3) travels to State College Tuesday.
Midd-West 9, Newport 1
NEWPORT — Newport’s defense committed a total of six errors and Midd-West took advantage leading the Mustangs to 9-1 win over the Buffaloes in a non-league softball game Thursday.
Destiny Walter had two hits in the game including a double and two RBIs. Lauren Stahl had two hits while Brooke Paige had three hits for the day and Brynn Markley drove in two runs.
Midd-West (2-9, 0-9) hosts Central Mountain today.
Susquenita 8, East Juniata 1
COVE — East Juniata struggled against Susquenita’s aggressiveness at the plate leading to a 8-1 loss to the Blackhawks in a Tri-Valley League softball game on Thursday.
Brooke Erney led the Tigers at the plate going a perfect 3-for-3, but it was Meghan Schilling who drove in East Juniata’s lone run.
East Juniata (3-7, 3-5) travels to Penns Valley Saturday.
East Juniata 1 (5 inn.)
COVE — The Susquenita bats were too much for East Juniata to handle in an 11-1 Tri-Valley League baseball game Thursday.
Seth Rowe went 1-for-2 and scored the only run of the game for the Tigers. Mason Hambright went 1-for-3.
East Juniata hosts Carson Long Saturday.
Central Dauphin 3,
Mifflin County 2
HARRISBURG — Mifflin County found itself in a tight match against Central Dauphin. But the Huskies fell just short to the Rams 3-2 in a Mid-Penn Conference tennis match Thursday.
Nate Bargo was in a tough match against Richie Kass with Bargo taking the first set 6-3. Kass won the second 6-4 before Bargo closed it out 6-2.
The duo of Isaiah Harshbarger and Nelson Cook won their match against Kris Ramstrom and Jake Halbert in straight sets 7-6 and 6-4.
Mifflin County(7-8, 6-4) hosts Northern today.
Track and field
Boys: Juniata 128,
Girls: Juniata 98 2/3, Huntingdon 51 1/3
HUNTINGDON — Juniata won twice in a non-league track and field meet against District 6 opponent Huntingdon Friday.
The boys posted a solid 128-22 advantage, while the girls won 98 2/3 to 51 1/3.
For the boys, Garrett Baublitz won the 3,200-meter run, the 800 and anchored the 4×800 relay. Manuel Rodriguez won both hurdles and was part of the winning 4×100 relay. Eli Lenig was on that and the 4×400, and individually won the 100 and 200 dashes. And Jeremiah Parson won the 400 along with a part of the two long relays.
Hailie Shertzer was a four-event winner for the girls, three of them individually: the long jump, the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles. She also was on the winning 4×100 quartet. Also, Josie Swartz (1,600 run) and Josie Swartz (800) each helped get three firsts as members of the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
“We had a lot of personal bests, a lot of multiple winners,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said.
The Indians (5-0, boys and girls) travel Saturday to the Jack Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg, then to Greenwood for a Tri-Valley League showdown Tuesday.
Boys: Mount Union 90, Northern Bedford 59; Bellwood-Antis 110, Mount Union 40
Girls: Northern Bedford 86, Mount Union 63; Bellwood-Antis 87, Mount Union 63
LOYSBURG — Mount Union was delayed a few times by thunderstorms, but was able to get its Inter-County Conference tri-meet at Northern Bedford in the books.
The Trojans defeated Northern Bedford, 90-59, but fell to Bellwood-Antis, 110-40 on the boys side.
The girls dropped both meets, falling to Northern Bedford, 86-63, and Bellwood-Antis, 87-63.
“Some of the runners were a little bit tight following the delays, but for the most part, the results were exactly what we expected,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said.
Tavin McMickens was the boys leading scorer, winning the 100- and 400-meter dashes. He was also part of the Trojans’ first place 4×100 relay team.
Keairra Worthy took first in the shot put and placed second in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles.
Mount Union (9-2, 7-2 boys, 5-6, 4-5 girls) travel to Juniata Valley in a tri-meet with with Juniata Valley and Southern Huntingdon.
Boys: Susquenita 106, East Juniata 35; East Juniata 95, Berks Christian 32
Girls: Susquenita 99, East Juniata 51; East Juniata 126, Berks Christian 3
COVE — Both the boys and the girls splits its track and field meets with Susquenita and Berks Christian as the East Juniata boys fell to Susquenita 106-35 but won over Berks Christian 95-32.
John Moyer led the Tigers winning in three events, both the 110 and 300 hurdles and the long jump. Zach Fogle won the 400-meter dash.
On the girls side, East Juniata fell to the Blackhawks 99-51 but won over Berks Christian 126-3. Mackenzie McDonald took first place in the 100 hurdles and in the long jump. Emily Kline won the 200-meter dash, Carly Beaver finished first in the 3,200-meter run and Alyssa Hibbs placed first in the javelin.
East Juniata travels to the Jack Roddick Invitational Saturday.
¯ Tuscarora 2, Mifflin County 0. Emma Pannebaker and Jamie Swartz had goals. Maddie Finkbiner had four saves and Bri Bodtorf three for Mifflin County.