LOCK HAVEN - Mifflin County traveled to Lock Haven Friday to clash with District 6 Class AAAA counterpart Central Mountain in girls softball.
In the end, it would be a solid pitching performance from Rachel Zimmerman and a huge opening-inning hit that would secure a 3-2 victory for Mifflin County.
The big opening-inning hit came courtesy of Mifflin County lead-off hitter Brandi Sherwood.
Sherwood took the first pitch of the game over top the left fielder's head and rolled to the fence. By the time the fielder could wrangle the ball in, Sherwood was rounding third and breaking the Huskies out to a 1-0 lead.
"It takes the pressure off," coach Jack McCurdy said. "When you are the visiting team, you want to come out and score in the first. That is something Brandi has done for us countless times."
In the top of the third, Mifflin County answered the challenge for the Wildcats. After a walk to Sherwood, Macie Lucas brought her home with big triple giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Lucas later scored in the inning on a double steal attempt by Mifflin County.
Zimmerman finished the game with 10 strikeouts while only giving up five hits and two walks.
Mifflin County (8-3) hosts Penns Valley Wednesday.
Juniata 16, Tyrone 11
TYRONE - The Juniata softball team scored eight runs in the first three innings and still found themselves down by a run. But the Indians picked themselves up and fought back to a 16-11 win against Tyrone on Friday.
Juniata coach Brian Sheaffer was happy that his team had the fight in them to comeback and win.
"Our team played hard, it was nip and tuck the whole way," Sheaffer said. "We got some good relief in the end and that allowed our offense to take over the game."
Kristen Pray had five hits on the day and the Indians collected 16 hits as a team and forced the Eagles into five errors.
Juniata (6-8) hosts Clearfield Monday.
Mount Union 23, West Branch 1 (5 inn.)
MORRISBURG - The Mount Union softball team made sure it didn't leave their bats on the bus as they scored an obscene 13 runs in the fifth inning of an already one-sided game against West Branch, which ended 23-1 on Friday afternoon.
The Trojans had nine payers record at least one RBI and collected 18 hits on the day as a team. Coach Matt Fiscus was mostly proud of his pitcher, Aly Smith, who went all five in the circle for the Trojans and added a home run as well.
"Aly had a career night," Fiscus said. "She pitched great and went 3-for-4 in the game. We were able to get everyone in and everyone produced."
Mount Union (11-2) hosts Juniata Valley on Monday.
Greenwood 13, West Perry 2;
Greenwood 13, Newport 2
ELLIOTSBURG - Greenwood softball came out of the Perry County tournament with a pair of 13-2 wins over West Perry and Newport.
Jess Heichel picked up the win in both games for the Wildcats. She came in against West Perry in the first and shut down the Mustangs the rest of the way. Against Newport, she went the distance, striking out three.
"She was strong in the second game, but the defense was strong behind her," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "It was an overall team effort and everyone really contributed in everything."
Amy Heggenstaller drove in 10 runs in the two games. On the day she was a total of 7-for-8. Brittany Fleisher went yard against West Perry, while Chelsea Hicks and Heichel added home runs against Newport.
"They all looked real comfortable at the plate today and that shows in the numbers," Gantt said.
Greenwood (11-2, 5-2 TVL) travels to Halifax Monday.
Tyrone 13, Juniata 10
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata's baseball team gave up four runs in the first and fifth innings en route to a 13-10 loss at the hands of Tyrone Friday in Mountain League play.
Although the Indians belted out 12 hits, they struggled early on in the game. Toward the latter half of the tilt, the Indians' offense got going.
"We got behind real quick and that sort of set the tone," Juniata coach Nick Beward said. "At one point we were down 10-3 then our bats came alive. It was a little too late."
Juniata's Chad Eberle, Ross Cook, Skyler Welfley, Colton Shertzer and Colt Brackbill each picked up a pair of hits in the loss. Brackbill and Brandon Rowles each had a pair of RBIs. Welfley had a trio of runs batted in.
Juniata (3-11, 1-8) travels to Clearfield Monday.
Mount Union 12, West Branch 2 (5 inn.)
MOUNT UNION - The Mount Union baseball team completed a sweep of West Branch on Friday with a 12-2 victory.
The Trojans had a rough first inning with five errors and that was something new to coach Nick Imperioli.
"We started out very slow," Imperioli said. "We had five errors in the first inning, and that's something I've never seen before."
The Trojans settled down after the first and by the end of the third they were winning. Imperioli was proud that his team showed some fight and stayed in the game.
"After the first we played great," he said. "We hit the ball hard, our defense came together and Klayton (Heffner) pitched a great game."
In addition to pitching a complete game, Heffner also hit a triple and a single.
Mount Union (9-3, 8-2) hosts Juniata Valley Monday.