From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN - Seventeen total hits and three combined home runs yielded twelve runs between Greenwood and Juniata Monday, but the Indians found themselves on the wrong end of the equation as Greenwood took the Tri-Valley League contest, 7-5.
The visiting Wildcats got a solid performance from Chelsea Hicks as she hurled five strikeouts while only walking one batter on the day. Hicks also had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Greenwood’s Kathryn Osborne, right, slides back into first base before the tag from Juniata’s Mady Marrone Monday in Mifflintown.
"The bats came alive here today," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "It was nice to see that the girls came in with some confidence at the plate."
Brittany Fleisher was a thorn in the Indians' side all afternoon, collecting three hits and crushing a home run of her own.
Juniata's Kristen Pray also went deep for her team and had a nice day at the plate with two hits. The Indians' pitcher Brinley Irvin added two hits and pitched well from the circle, striking out seven Wildcats while handing out only two free passes. Megan Shoop chipped in a hit of her own as well. Juniata coach Brian Sheaffer said the loss is disappointing due to the team's solid play in the previous week - he also spoke to the unpredictable nature of Tri-Valley League softball.
"I thought we came out flat and didn't play to our ability," he said. "That seems to be the Tri-Valley this year - anybody can beat anybody."
Greenwood persevered through three errors which Gantt said were not costly due to his team's ability to bounce back and hit when they needed to.
The loss drops Juniata to 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the TVL while Greenwood evens its record at 3-3. Greenwood returns home Wednesday to take on Line Mountain and Juniata hosts Upper Dauphin.
Midd-West 21, Lewisburg 6 (three innings)
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West got its first victory of the 2013 campaign in a big way Monday - trouncing Heartland Conference foe, Lewisburg 21-3 in three innings.
Adrianne Gesselman paced the Mustangs from the circle and the plate, striking out three while walking three. She blasted a two-run double and collected a third RBI later in the game.
Midd-West also got assistance from Lewisburg's pitcher; she walked 14 Mustangs.
Midd-West coach Pete Voss said that Gesselman was around the plate and that Lewisburg had difficulty making solid contact throughout the day.
Summer Brown also plated a run for the Mustangs en route to the 18-run victory.
Midd-West (1-9) will host Jersey Shore today.
Mount Union 10, Huntingdon 0 (six innings)
MOUNT UNION - Marissa Aurand has been a steady presence from the circle all season long for Mount Union softball, and Monday's game against Huntingdon was no different as Aurand struck out three and held Huntingdon to just two hits in the 10-0 victory.
Shortened to six innings because of the 10-run rule, the non-league contest was highlighted not only by Aurand's dominating performance, but by the Trojan defense behind her.
Early in the game Lauren Shugarts made a beautiful catch in the outfield to rob what would have been a Huntingdon double, and that set the tone for Mount Union's defense, including several plays from Aurand.
"She's really doing a good job filling her position tonight. There were some right up the middle that she made some plays on," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
On the offense, the Trojans scored 10 runs on 11 hits, highlighted by strong outings from Liza Feagley and Brittany Brumbaugh.
Feagley went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Brumbaugh worked with Feagley early in the game to break open Mount Union's offense en route to her 2-for-4 evening with two RBIs.
Mount Union (9-1, 7-1) travels to Claysburg-Kimmel today.
East Juniata 7, Bible Baptist 3
SHIREMANSTOWN - The East Juniata baseball team put up runs in the third and the seventh, and that was all the Tigers needed to drop non-league opponent Bible Baptist 7-3 on Monday.
Bailey Coder took the mound for the Tigers, and coach Tim Brubaker said his and Bible Baptist's pitching was the story of the game.
"They started out hitting the ball pretty well off of Bailey, but he settled down after the first inning and shut the door on them. He only gave up one hit after the second inning," Brubaker said, explaining that after Bible Baptist combined for three runs in the first and second innings, it was all East Juniata on the offense.
East Juniata scored the majority of its runs in the top of the third when three walks and a string of base hits allowed the Tigers to plate five of their seven total runs. Jesse Watts had two RBIs for East Juniata while teammates Cole Snyder and Daulton Rowe contributed one apiece.
East Juniata (7-1, 5-1) hosts Millersburg on Wednesday.
Milton 5, Midd-West 3
BEAVER SPRINGS - Midd-West got a stellar performance from starting pitcher Austin Hockenbrock Monday but a lack of timely hitting and a shutdown inning proved to be the difference in a 5-3 Milton victory.
Hockenbrock fanned 11 hitters and had a solid day at the plate with two RBI in the Heartland Conference contest.
"We got an excellent performance by Hockenbrock," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. "We just didn't hit again when we had opportunities."
Flood's squad put the ball in play often, but right at players - it was just that kind of night.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth, the Mustangs came out and gave the lead right back in the top of the fifth. The Milton rally was ignited by walks and sparked by timely hits. Milton shut the Mustangs down in the home half of the fifth and then tacked on two decisive runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead.
Midd-West (4-5, 1-5) travels to Mifflinburg today.
Juniata 14, Greenwood 12
MILLERSTOWN - Juniata was sitting on a comfortable 12-3 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth against Tri-Valley League opponent Greenwood Monday evening, but the Wildcats gave it a big effort in the sixth to have the score tied at 12-12 before the eventual conclusion of 14-12 in the Indians' favor.
Many of Greenwood's runs in the bottom of the sixth were scored off Juniata errors - the Indians totaled four in the inning.
Juniata coach Nick Beward said his team just couldn't seem to get that last out in the bottom of the sixth, allowing Greenwood to mount a major comeback effort, but the Indians were able to get clutch hits in the top of the seventh to seal the win at 14-12.
Brady Stover took the loss for Greenwood, but Greenwood coach Mark Sherman was pleased with what he saw from Stover and his other pitcher, Adam Harrison.
"They threw strikes. They were hitting their spots. There were a couple bloopers that fell in for hits, but we were throwing more strikes than balls and giving ourselves a chance," he said.
A slew of athletes had a strong night from the plate, including Juniata's Austin Berry with his home run and double and Greenwood's Noah Wright who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Juniata (2-5) hosts Lancaster Country Day today. Greenwood (0-10, 0-8) gets back in action Wednesday when it travels to Line Mountain.
Hershey 4, Mifflin County 1
HERSHEY - Mifflin County came away with only one victory on the road Monday and Hershey took advantage, beating the Huskies, 4-1.
The team's No. 1 Conner Saltzer came out swinging as he took the first set over opponent Elbert Metz but was unable to land the second set. Metz took control in the third and final set and took the match 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2.
The Huskies' lone singles winner, Matt DeBenedetto, slid past his counterpart to notch the team's lone match point of the day. DeBenedetto beat Ben Wagner in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4.
The team's No. 3 player fell in straight sets, as did the two doubles duos.
Mifflin County (8-8) travels to Altoona today.