MOUNT UNION - It may not be as big a number as that baseball coach down the street has, but Mount Union's softball coach hit a pretty impressive mark Tuesday, too.
The Trojans crushed Juniata Valley, 16-1 in three innings, and in the process gave Matt Fiscus his 200th career win leading the squad.
The home team plated 10 runs in the first on the way to the mercy-rule victory. In the Inter-County Conference matchup, Mount Union was driven by hitting as Liza Feagley went 3-for-3 and drove in six runs while teammate Marissa Dimoff had a triple and plated one in a game that saw only two extra-base hits, one for each side. Brittany Brumbaugh was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Marissa Aurand had the win in the circle while batting 2-for-3 with an RBI.
"I really think we can hit with anybody," Fiscus said. "We have some pitchers that are really banged up right now and Aurand is doing the job for us."
Fiscus said his team has braved the weather and that helps, too.
"A lot of teams are barely getting outside and getting any games in," he said.
Mount Union (4-0, 4-0) hosts Glendale Thursday.
Cumberland Valley 9, Mifflin County 1
MECHANICSBURG - The Mifflin County softball team looked to open Mid-Penn play with a bang Tuesday at Cumberland Valley, but timely mistakes and unfavorable weather conditions made for a tough afternoon for the Huskies, who fell, 9-1.
Being matched against one of the toughest teams in the Mid-Penn is difficult enough - couple that with high winds and low temperatures, and the task is that much more difficult.
"A combination of errors and weather conditions contributed," Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. "There were balls that were hit that are normally routine plays."
Down 1-0 heading to the second inning, Taylor Boyer blasted a solo-home run that knotted the game at one. For the Huskies, it would be their final run of the game as the opposing pitcher kept the squad at bay for the remainder of the afternoon.
The fourth inning was the tipping point for the Mid-Penn newcomer - started by three Eagle base hits that snowballed due to some poor decision making and misplayed balls.
McCurdy said at times his players did not take outs and were trying to be too aggressive.
"It was one of those things where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong," he said.
Mifflin County's starting pitcher Shelby Lyter was impressive, striking out six Eagles in the season debut and Mara Rhodes had a multi-hit game for the Huskies.
"We did some things well, but we definitely have some things to improve," McCurdy said.
"We didn't play anywhere near what we are capable of playing - we have some solid pitching and we can play some solid defense," he added.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin East Thursday at 4 p.m.
Newport 10, Midd-West 4
NEWPORT - The Newport softball team put up five runs in the bottom on the sixth en route to a 10-4 win in non-league action over Midd-West Tuesday, effectively dousing the Mustangs' chance at their first win for the season.
"We were right there the entire game, but they just came out the bottom of the sixth and really hit the ball," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said.
Newport had 15 hits, including a 3-run homer, to Midd-West's five hits.
Adrianne Gesselman threw for Midd-West, recording one strikeout. Teammate Brittany Cunningham had two hits and an RBI for the Mustangs. Brii Zeigler, Alley Sharp and Summer Brown also had RBIs.
Midd-West (0-2, 0-1) hosts Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin at 3:30 today, and Voss is ready to see what his team can do against the Indians.
"We'll start against Shamokin, give it another shot and see what happens," he said,
Track and field
Girls: Greenwood 121, Upper Dauphin 29
Boys: Greenwood 120, Upper Dauphin 29
MILLERSTOWN - The Greenwood girls landed first in all but three events, and the boys stole gold in every event but discus as both track and field teams soundly defeated Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin in the Wildcats' first meet of the year Tuesday.
Highlights for the girls, who won 121-29, included a triple win for Abbey Korber, the only Wildcat on the girls team to do so Tuesday; sweeps of first, second and third in the shot put, high jump, javelin, triple jump, 800 meter and pole vault; and a personal best from Julia Sorber in the shot put at 31-3 1/4.
The boys team saw triples from Gabe Schroff and Scott Kerstetter plus sweeps of first, second and third in the 100 meter dash and the 800 meter run.
Greenwood hosts TVL opponent Juniata on Thursday.
Mifflin County 3, Susquehanna Township 2
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County won all three singles matches - all in straight sets - to pick up a Mid-Penn Conference win over Susquehanna Township in tennis Tuesday.
Connor Saltzer, Matt DeBenedetto and Clay Morgan clinched the match for the Huskies, with Morgan taking a 7-2 tiebreaker in his second set. Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said he's anticipating an interesting doubles postseason when his two singles leaders, whose styles complement one another, will be allowed to enter.
While DeBenedetto puts a lot of spin on the ball, he said, "Connor hits a flat shot, he plays a flat game. He's pretty good a the net and he's a pretty athletic kid."
The win improves Mifflin County to 4-3 heading into another league match Thursday at York's Northern High School.
"The division and stuff, I'm still not as familiar with them as I should be," Kyle admits. "But all these teams are Mid-Penn teams and for us to be 4-3 I'm happy."