MOUNT UNION - Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus could see Katie Smith's swing starting to come around. On Thursday against Moshannon Valley, that swing was sweet.
Smith homered twice and Chapin Guiliante threw a complete game shutout as the Trojans beat up on Moshannan Valley, 10-0, in five innings in Inter-County Conference softball. Smith finished with four RBIs in a 2-for-3 performance.
"I told Katie earlier in the week that her stroke was coming around," Fiscus said. "I could see it coming. She hit two no-doubters. She has a real nice swing."
Guiliante went the distance for the Trojans and gave up only three hits. She got support from the Trojans with four runs in the second inning and three each in the third and fourth.
"She came in tonight and gave us a nice performance," Fiscus said. "We didn't play well lately and we needed to play well. She pitched a nice game and the defense played well behind her."
Mount Union (8-2, 6-2) travels to Everett today.
Greenwood 5, Line Mountain 1
HERNDON - The Greenwood softball team got over .500 in the Tri-Valley League with a 5-1 win over Line Mountain on Thurdsay afternoon.
Chelsea Hicks and Amy Heggenstaller had two hits each and the Wildcats blew the game open in the top of the seventh with a three-run inning. They also played terrific defense on the day as they didn't commit an error, which made their coach Troy Gantt happy.
"Defensively I thought this was the best game we've played," Gantt said. "We got to some balls in the gaps and we made sure we didn't give them extra outs."
Jess Heichel went the distance for the Wildcats in the circle and Gantt knew today would be a tough test for her.
"She's been very consistent for us this season," Gantt said. "It was her first back to back of the season, so it weas a test for her, but she did a great job today and I was proud of her."
The win brings the Wildcats to 6-2 overall, and they'll host Newport on Monday.
Millersburg 3, East Juniata 1
HERNDON - A pitcher's duel carried into the sixth inning with neither East Juniata or Millersburg budging in the Tri-Valley League game Thursday afternoon.
East Juniata's Ashlyn Erhard was solid all game until she gave up three runs in the sixth en route to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Millersburg.
"(It was a) solid defensive game and pitching through five innings for both teams," East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
Lisa Benner had a fine game for the Tigers going 2-for-2 with a double.
East Juniata travels to Juniata Wednesday.
Mount Union 11, Moshannon Valley 3
MOUNT UNION - Mount Union's Darrian Stapleton has made a few appearances this season in relief for the Trojans. He was given the start Thursday against Moshannon Valley in the Inter-County Conference tilt.
Stapleton threw a complete game and allowed only three runs in an 11-3 win over the Black Knights. The Trojan hurler also hit a solo home run.
"He's really doing a great job this year," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "He threw a lot of strikes and had excellent control. He had one inning where he got into trouble but after that inning he was in command."
Mount Union pounded out 11 hits in the win with Cory Kylor, Klayton Heffner and Nate Goodrich collecting a pair of hits each. Thad Wakefield and Brandon Rogers had a pair of RBIs.
"Offensively, again the bottom of the lineup - a lot of those guys are hitting and that will help us overall," Imperioli said. "If we can get some balance it will help a lot in tough games."
Mount Union (6-2, 5-2) hosts Everett today.
Millersburg 7, East Juniata 6 (10 innings)
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata and Millersburg must have felt like they were playing a big-league game after going 10 innings Thursday night in Tri-Valley League action.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Millersburg plated two runs in the top of the 10th to seal the deal in a 7-6 win over East Juniata
The Tigers got off to a hot start however. They scored five runs in the first inning thanks to a pair of bloop singles. From that point on, East Juniata didn't muster up a run until the last of the 10th, falling just shy of the Indians.
In the 10th, East Juniata pitcher Nick Lorenz started out well. He struck out the first batter and had two outs with no one on. A triple, followed by a single, plated the run to put the Indians ahead for good.
Kyle Pannebaker was 2-for-2 for the Tigers with a double.
East Juniata (2-3, 2-3) travels to Upper Dauphin Monday.
Line Mountain 17, Greenwood 4 (5 innings)
MILLERSTOWN - Line Mountain was able to score runs in each of the five innings in a 17-4 win over the Greenwood Wildcats in Tri-Valley League action Thursday night.
The Eagles scored two in the first before putting up five in each the second and third innings. They added another pair in the fourth before plating three in the fifth in the win.
Greenwood picked up RBIs from Zach McCoy and James Sands in the loss. Kyle Sheaffer collected a pair of hits for the Wildcats.
Greenwood (1-5, 0-5) travels to Newport Monday.
Juniata 5, Tyrone 2
MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata tennis team improved to 5-1 with a Mountain League win over Tyrone, 5-2, Thursday in Mifflintown.
The Indians won four out of five singles matches - two of which were decided in three sets. Isaac Eck (6-0, 6-0), Logan Aurand (6-1, 6-2), Luis Pacheco (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Bradley Lipka (6-4, 2-6, 6-3) each got singles wins for the Indians.
In the doubles portion of the day, Eck and Aurand were able to get past Tyrone's duo, 8-3. Trevor Fry and Ricky Heck were upended 8-1.
Juniata (5-1, 4-1) hosts Central Mountain Tuesday.
Track and field
Boys: Philipsburg-Osceola 95, Juniata 55; Bald Eagle Area 86, Juniata 63
Girls: Junaita 81, Philipsburg-Osceola 69; Juniata 116, Bald Eagle Area 34
PHILIPSBURG - The Juniata girls track and field team were certainly on the mark Thursday in Philipsburg.
The girls sweep against Philipsburg-Osceola (81-69) and Bald Eagle Area (116-34). At the same time, the boys 4x100 relay team broke a school record, but lost to Philipsburg, 95-55, and Bald Eagle Area 86-63.
The girls got an exciting win in the 4x100 as well and coach Kim Hart knew that those five points were big.
"An exciting 4x100 win for the girls," she said. "(That) added to the big victory for the girls team against last years league champion. I'm extremely excited."
Carly Burns and Rachel Brown had outstanding days for the Indians. Brown carded her best triple jump ever with a leap of 34-5. Burns collected four total wins and Brown had six total wins.
Juniata's Mariah Williams controlled the shot put and the discus with four total wins.
The relay quartet of Garrick Paden, Neil Bodley, Adam Goshorn and Naubert posted a time of 44.75 in the 4x100 for the school record.
Goshorn and Bodley continued to be dominant forces in the sprints, Hart said. Bodley posted a 23.18 in the 200 dash, while Goshorn ran an 11.4 100 dash.
Juniata travels to the West Perry Invitation Saturday.
Boys: Greenwood 110, Upper Dauphin 40
Girls: Greenwood 128, Upper Dauphin 22
MILLERSTOWN - The Greenwood track and field team dominated on Thursday afternoon beating Upper Dauphin in both the girls and boys meet.
On the boys side, Jared Myers won all three jump events on the day and the Wildcats came in first in every event expect the discus, 1600-meter race and the javelin.
On the girls side, freshman Taylor Hartman won the long jump hitting 15 feet and Emily Fisher won the discus thrwo hitting 99 feet and the shot put with hitting 29 feet, and the Wildcats again won all but three evets.
Both teams are now 2-0 on the season and will head to the Mustang Invitational on Saturday.