DANVILLE - Mifflin County continued its solid inaugural season with a quality start from Seth Wagner against Danville Monday. It also helped that the bats came alive later in the game.
Wagner struck out six and walked six on the day. But he kept the Ironmen from generating any kind of offense. Mifflin County coach Travis Zook thought Wagner had a solid performance on the mound.
"Wagner did a really good job today," Zook said. "He worked the strike zone and kept control of the game - not letting Danville gain any confidence."
Ted Wilson, Levi North, Josh Rosefsky and Dalton Long all had doubles for the Huskies. Chris Wilson and Ted Wilson combined for four RBIs on the day. Zook also gave credit to the defense behind Wagner for some nice plays.
"Defensively, we made some really nice plays," Zook said. "Hitting was a bit spotty through the first four innings, but we played some small ball today and we put the pressure on their team."
The Huskies improve to 11-1 on the season and will face Bald Eagle Area on Wednesday. They will play two games in as many days. Zook knows his team is looking to make a statement with the games they have left this week.
"The win was a great start to the week," he said. "Danville is a tough team even if their record might not show it. We're looking forward to the challenge this week as a way to see where we're at."
Bald Eagle Area 12, Juniata 5
WINGATE - In its rematch with Bald Eagle Area, Juniata had the home team on the ropes. But then the fourth inning came.
Juniata allowed seven runs after holding a 5-3 lead in the fourth en route to a 12-5 Mountain League loss at the hands of the Eagles.
"Offensively we weren't generating a whole lot," Juniata coach Nick Beward said. "Then in the fourth our bats came alive and we were feeling great."
Juniata committed seven errors in the game and the fourth had the most. After recording the first out, the Eagles went on to put up seven to seal Juniata's fate.
"We got the first out and then the wheels fell off," Beward said. "It was a total collapse at that point. One error turned into four in the inning."
Skyler Welfley had three hits for the Indians while Dakota Zook drove in two.
Juniata (3-11, 1-8) travels to Bellefonte Wednesday.
Mount Union 8, Claysburg-Kimmel 4
CLAYSBURG - Mount Union climbed to the top of the Inter-County Conference North Division with an 8-4 win over Claysburg-Kimmel Monday.
The Trojans gave up four unearned runs in the game with Ryan McClain picking up the win and Klayton Heffner relieving him for the save.
"The pitching was a lot better than it looked," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "We had a few fielding misplays and it basically extended the inning."
The Trojans pounded out 14 hits in the win. Cory Kylor was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Heffner also had three hits for Mount Union
"I thought our offense was great. We hit the ball hard a put runners on and had a lot of clutch hits today," Imperioli said. "Cory had a big game today with big RBI hits."
Mount Union (12-3, 11-2) hosts Hollidaysburg today in a non-league tilt.
Penns Valley 9, Juniata 2
SPRING MILLS - Penns Valley got off to a fast start against Juniata Monday and never looked back.
The Rams scored five runs in the second on their way to a 9-2 Mountain League victory over the Indians.
Penns Valley's Madison Sharer belted a pair of home runs in the win and that was too much for the Indians to overcome. Kristen Pray had a double for the Indians while Micheh Horning had a pair of hits and an RBI.
Juniata (6-10, 2-9) hosts Bellefonte Wednesday.
Greenwood 12, Millersburg 0 (5 inn.)
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood's Jess Heichel has been solid hurler in the circle for the Wildcats so far in 2012. She put on another masterful display Monday against Millersburg.
Heichel went all five innings in Greenwood's 12-0 Tri-Valley League win over the Indians. In her five innings of work she allowed three hits and struck out four.
"I thought she looked like the Jess that we've known most of the season," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "It was a pretty good team effort behind her today as well."
Amy Heggenstaller was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the win for the Wildcats. It was a slow start for Greenwood, but four runs in the third and seven in the fourth got them going.
"The girls did a good job of working the count and taking advantage of walks when we got them," Gantt said. "Then we had key hits we haven't had the last couple games."
Greenwood (12-5, 6-4) hosts Halifax Thursday.
Mifflin County 7, Huntingdon 0
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County's tennis dominance continued on the hard surface Monday afternoon. With Huntingdon in town, the Huskies made quick and easy work of the visitors.
Mifflin County didn't allow a Bearcat to take more than three games in any set en route to a 7-0 win in the non-league contest.
"It was a good match for us," Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said. "Everybody that was supposed to get some playing time did well. It is good to see us get that heading into (today's) match with Altoona."
Jeremy Koller led the way with a 6-1, 6-0 thumping of Austin Perow in the No. 1 spot. No. 2 Connor Saltzer had the most competition on the day with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
The back three of Mifflin County's lineup did some serious work Monday. Matt DeBenedetto, Clay Morgan and Nate Koller each won. The three matches scored a total of 18-2, 18-1.
"Nate had a good match today and Matt has played pretty steady all year long," Kyle said. "Clay and Connor each had good matches today."
Mifflin County hosts Altoona today.