SCHOLASTIC SPORTS

Net squad shows improvement

LEWISTOWN — The climb to respectability is in progress for Mifflin County’s tennis team, a young team that has struggled against a series of top-flight Mid-Penn opponents.

Thursday, it was a 4-1 victory by Central Dauphin East, but the final score doesn’t tell the story of the match.

Noah Holland and Garrett Mitchel won the No. 2 doubles match after dropping the first set, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, over the Panthers’ Billy Costime and Nazar Suynrudow. It was one of three, three-set matches the Huskies played, winning the middle set in No. 2 singles (Collin Bennett) and the first in a drawn-out No. 1 doubles, where Alex Wert and Brad Fultz held the Panthers close in a pair of 7-5 losses after winning the first one.

“We could have easily turned this one around with a couple plays here and there,” Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said.

Even in the straight-set wins, Mifflin County was a factor, especially Josh Nichols, whose second set also went to 7-5. Gavin Ream won two games against the Panthers’ No. 1 player.

“It’s been hard because our schedule at the bginning of the season was all the tougher teams,” Kyle said. “Only two of the seven players that count have any experience. We tried to coach them through that and realize they were going to get their lumps.”

Mifflin County (0-9) travels to Red Land Monday.

Central Dauphin East 4, Mifflin County 1

Singles

Vikki Patel, CD, def. Gavin Ream, 6-0, 6-2

Colin Cronen, CD, def. Collin Bennett, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Eric Huynh, CD, def. Josh Nichols, 6-0, 7-5

Doubles

Jules Stevens-Pritum Das, CD, def. Alex Wert-Brad Fultz, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5

Noah Holland-Garrett Mitchell, M, def. Billy Costime-Nazar Suynrudow, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis

Juniata 3, Huntingdon 2

HUNTINGDON — Juniata got the lift it needed from singles play in a 3-2 win over Huntingdon in tennis Thursday afternoon.

The play from Max Lauver and George Hazard were great, but it was Jack Strawser and Gavin Kint who impressed Indians coach Sheri Landis after their 8-3 win in No. 2 doubles.

“It was a good win for us,” she said. “Jack and Gavin played very well for their first match ever.”

Juniata hosts Shikellamy Monday.

Juniata 3, Huntingdon 2

Singles

Bruce Perow, H, def. Zach Hemond, 6-1, 6-2

Max Lauver, J, def. Taran Pelky, 6-2, 7-5

George Hazard, J, def. Daniel Bukowski, 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

Bruce Perow-Taran Pelky, H, def. Zach Hemond-Korinne Newcamp, 8-2

Jack Strawser-Gavin Kint, J, def. Daniel Bukowski-Thomas Wilson, 8-3

Baseball

Mount Union 4, West Branch 0

MOUNT UNION — Dylan Gearhart helped both his and Mount Union’s cause in a 4-0 win over West Branch in Inter-County Conference baseball Thursday.

Gearhart got the winning decision on the mound, striking out five and walking none. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in three runs.

“It was an exceptional job. He goes out every game throwing strikes. They put the ball in play, but the guys made the plays behind him,” Mount Union coach Tim Hicks said. “He was excellent driving in runners.”

The Trojans didn’t walk a single West Branch hitter in a game that also had no extra-base hits.

Mount Union (6-0, 5-0) travels to Everett Monday.

Mount Union 4, West Branch 0

West Branch 000 000 0 — 0-5-1

Mount Union 310 000 x — 4-8-0

WP: Dylan Gearhart. LP: Josh Cantolino. SO: Cantolino 4 (WB); Gearhart 5, Kobe Hand 2 (MU). BB: Cantolino (WB). MH: Cody Cox 2-for-3, Kyle Moore 2-for-3 (WB); Gearhart 3-for-3, Quinnten Fultz 2-for-3 (MU). RBI: Gearhart 3, Fultz (MU).

Juniata 4, Halifax 3

MIFFLINTOWN — Will Orwig came up big in the clutch and scored a walk-off victory for Juniata over Halifax, 4-3, in a Tri-Valley League baseball game Thursday.

“Great team effort this evening,” Indians coach Nick Beward said.

After Halifax tied the game at three apiece in the top of the seventh, the Indians responded in the bottom half of the inning as Orwig, who was hitless until then, drove in the game winning run. Orwig also is credited with the win pitching in the seventh inning.

“Wonderful job by Will Orwig to throw the seventh and come up with the game winning hit,” Beward said. “Nathan Berry pitched extremely well once again. He has been consistent and he’s been giving our club a chance to win each and every time he takes the mound.”

Juniata hosts Bald Eagle Area Saturday.

Juniata 4, Halifax 3

Halifax101 000 1 — 3-7-2

Juniata 200 010 1 — 4-4-2

WP: Will Orwig. LP: Clayton Paul. SO: Nathan Berry 3 (J); Nathan Blasick 9 (H). BB: Berry 3 (J); Blasick 2, Paul 2 (H). 3B: Paul Ames (J). 2B: Blasick 2 (H). MH: Blasick 2-4, Bedzowski 2-4, Buffington 2-4 (H). RBI: Devon Nealman, Jace White, Orwig, Jacob Condo (J); Blasick, Buffington 2 (H).

Upper Dauphin 12, East Juniata 2

COCOLAMUS — Upper Dauphin broke open its Tri-Valley League baseball game against East Juniata with an eight-run fourth, and the lone run the Tigers responded with was not enough to close the 10-run gap.

The Trojans won 12-2 in five innings Thursday.

Daniel Kanagy, Jadyn Martin and Cy Fronk each had a hit for the Tigers. Fronk and Logan Wagner drove in runs.

Upper Dauphin 12, East Juniata 2

Upper Dauphin 112 80 — 12-12-2

East Juniata 100 10 — 2-3-5

WP: Bateman. LP: Daniel Kanagy. SO: Bateman 5 (U); Kanagy 5 (E). BB: Bateman 1 (U); Kanagy 3 (E). 3B: Bond (U). 2B: Grow (U). MH: bateman 2-4, Grow 3-4, Bardge 2-3, Wise 2-3 (U). RBI: Bateman, Grow 2, Wise 2, Smeltz, Troutman, Bond 3 (U); Logan Wagner, Cy Fronk (E).

Softball

Central Dauphin 9, Mifflin County 0

LINGLESTOWN — Sam Gress threw a no-hitter to hand Mifflin County a 9-0 loss Thursday in Mid-Penn softball, the first loss of the year for the Huskies.

“Gress is a dominant pitcher who shut down our offense,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said.

He was pleased with the efforts of Jade Morningstar and Devanie Condrack in the circle for the Huskies.

“Jade and Devanie pitched well and that is what we are looking to clarify right now with our young team,” McCurdy said.

The JV team lost, 6-5.

The Huskies (4-1) host Greencastle-Antrim today.

Central Dauphin 9, Mifflin County 0

Mifflin County 000 000 0 — 0-0-2

Central Dauphin 040 041 x — 9-10-0

WP: Sam Gress. LP: Jade Morningstar. SO: Morningstar, Devanie Condrack (MC); Gress 12 (CD). BB: Morningstar 3 (MC); Gress 3 (CD). 3B: K. Nelson (CD). 2B: J. Kendra, A. Hinson, S. Burns 2 (CD). MH: S. Burns 4-4, Nelson 2-3. RBIs: Burns 3, Gress, Fisher, Nelson (CD).

Halifax 12, Juniata 2 (5 inn.)

HALIFAX –Juniata collected three extra-base hits, but couldn’t do much to hold back Halifax’ offense in a 12-2 Tri-Valley League softball loss Thursday.

Maci Kreider accounted for both of the Indians’ runs, homering and then scoring on Hunter Johns’ double.

Kali Foltz also doubled for the Indians.

Juniata (1-3, 1-3) travels to Millersburg Tuesday.

Halifax 12, Juniata 2 (5 inn.)

Juniata 101 00 — 2-4-1

Halifax 360 12 — 12-14-0

WP: Kya Matter. LP: Abby Adair. SO: Ally Misal (J); Matter 3 (H). BB: Misal (J); Matter 3 (H). HR: Maci Kreider (J); H. Roland (H). 2B: Hunter Johns, Kali Foltz (J); M. Cook 2, M. Imgram (H). MH: M. Cook 2-for-3, L. Schumber 2-for-3, Roland 2-for-3, Sawdey 2-for-3 (H). RBIs: Kreider, Johns (J); Cook, Schmuber, Roland, Sawdey (H).

Upper Dauphin 16, East Juniata 0

ELIZABETHVILLE — East Juniata couldn’t do much of anything to stop Upper Dauphin a 16-0 Tri-Valley League softball game Thursday afternoon.

Ashlynn Searer and Taylor Haines each got a hit for the Tigers.

East Juniata travels to Warrior Run Saturday.

Upper Dauphin 16, East Juniata 0 (3 inn.)

East Juniata 000 — 0-2

Upper Dauphin 5(11)x –16-8

WP: F. Fox. LP: Becca Dietz. SO: Fox 2 (UDA); Dietz (EJ). BB: Fox 2 (UDA); Dietz 5 (EJ). HR: T. Lenker (UDA). 2B: L. Lenker 2, Fox, Miller (UDA). MH: L. Lenker 2-for-2, Miller 2-for-3, T. Lenker 2-for-2. RBIs: Miller 5, T. Lenker 2, Hepler, Fox 2, Nestor, Koons 2, Stonecap 3 (UDA).

Millersburg 14, Greenwood 4 (5 inn.)

MILLERSBURG — Greenwood’s early lead evaporated in the face of an eight-run third by Millersburg, which won the Tri-Valley League softball game, 14-4 in five innings Thursday.

The Wildcats got a productive day out of Jenna Sherrick, whose two hits in as many trips to the plate included a double, a triple and an RBI. Jada Williams also doubled and drove on in. Alli Walton plated the other two runs.

Millersburg 14, Greenwood 4 (5 inn.)

Greenwood 030 10 — 4-4-1

Millersburg 048 02 — 14-13-0

WP: Kierstyn Smith. LP: Hannah Gorman. SO: Gorman 5 (G); Smith 6 (M). BB: Gorman 5. HR: Lacey Strait (M). 3B: Jenna Sherrick (G); Smith (M). 2B: Sherrick, Jada Williams (G); Hannah Dyer (M). MH: Sherrick 2-2 (G); Megan Paul 2-3, Dyer 3-4, Maddie Etzweiler 4-4, Smith 2-4 (M). RBI: Sherrick, Alli Walton 2, Williams (G); Paul, Dyer, Strait 3, Etzweiler, Smith 2, Shannon Seiders, Lexi Lebo (M).

Montoursville 5, Midd-West 4

MONTOURSVILLE — Midd-West failed to stop a Montoursville comeback leading to an extra-inning loss by the final score of 5-4 in a Heartland Conference softball game Thursday.

The Mustangs held a 4-2 lead and looked to close the game out but gave up two runs to force extras. Then the following inning the Warriors finished the job.

Marlo Spriggle led the Mustangs at the plate going 2-for-3.

Midd-West travels to Nativity Monday.

Montoursville 5, Midd-West 4

Midd-West 100 102 00 — 4-8-2

Montoursville 002 000 21 — 5-12-3

WP: Shuman. LP: Raya Kunes. SO: Shuman 7 (M); Kunes (MW). BB: Shuman (M); Kunes 3, L.Walter (MW). 3B: Shuman (M). 2B: L.Walter (MW). MH: Weaver 4-5, Cochran 2-4, Waltz 2-3 (M); Marlo Spriggle 2-3 (MW). RBI: Shuman, Weaver, Klotz, Cochran (M); Caroline Zerby, L.Walter, A.Walter (MW).

Mount Union 8, West Branch 4

MORRISDALE — Mount Union took advantage of the seven errors committed by West Branch in its 8-4 victory in an Inter-County Conference softball game Thursday.

West Branch made a rally attempt in the final two innings of the game after Mount Union had an 8-0 lead but the Trojans were able to cut the comeback short.

Kadyn Crisswell, Madison Harris, Morgan Brumbaugh, Lexi Danish and Payton Low all had multiple hits and a double in the game.

McKenna Shields went all seven innings in the circle for Mount Union with three strikeouts.

Mount Union hosts Huntingdon today.

Mount Union 8, West Branch 4

Mount Union 200 303 0 — 8-15-1

West Branch 000 001 3 — 4-5-7

WP: McKenna Shields. LP: Bone. SO: Shields 3 (MU); Bone 3, Nelson (WB). BB: Bone 3 (WB). 2B: Madison Harris, Morgan Brumbaugh, Kadyn Crisswell, Payton Low, Lexi Danish (MU). MH: Crisswell 2-4, Harris 2-5, Brumbaugh 3-5, Danish 2-3. Low 2-4 (MU). RBI: Crisswell, Karrigan Woodward, Brumbaugh, Danish (MU); Bone, Cantolina, Maines (WB).

Track and field

Boys: Bellwood-Antis 122, Mount Union 28; Northern Bedford 103, Mount Union 47.

Girls: Bellwood-Antis 117, Mount Union 33; Northern Bedford 91, Mount Union 56

LOYSBURG — Both Mount Union boys and girls teams faltered against both Northern Bedford and Bellwood-Antis in an Inter-County Conference double dual meet Thursday. The boys team fell to Northern Bedford 103-47 and Bellwood-Antis 122-28 while the girls lost to Northern Bedford 91-56 and 117-33 to Bellwood-Antis.

Despite the losses the Trojan girls scored a clean sweep of the javelin with Emily Boozel taking first. Maraea Hopper came in first in the high jump.

On the boys side River Terry placed first in the 400-meter dash. Zachary Coder won the javelin and Kevin Morehouse placed second in the pole vault.

Mount Union hosts Everett and McConnellsburg on Tuesday.

Junior high

Girls soccer

Mifflin County 3, West Perry 0. Goals by Ella Kammerer, Sarah Henry, Aubrey Strohecker.

Softball

Mount Union 18, West Branch 3 (3 inn.). Makaelyn Huffnagle was 3-for-3, with two RBIs.

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