From staff reports
HOLLIDAYSBURG - Mount Union's baseball squad notched two runs in the second inning but it wasn't enough Friday at Hollidaysburg as the Golden Tigers took advantage of timely walks and errors and beat the Trojans 3-2.
Cole Boozel tossed six innings of two-hit ball and struck out five hitters. The power pitcher struggled with his command at times and distributed five free passes which opened the door for Hollidaysburg to pounce. All three of Hollidaysburg's runs were unearned, stretching Boozel's streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 26 and one-third. Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli noted that games like these are vital to his team's future success.
"These are the kind of games - if you expect to do anything in the playoffs you have to win," he said.
After the Golden Tigers plated three in the fifth, Mount Union had a chance to retake the lead and take the game - but a strikeout looking with bases loaded extinguished the Trojan threat.
Trevon Walker went deep for Mount Union in the second, plating the visitors' only runs of the game.
Mount Union (10-3) hosts Central Cambria Monday.
Upper Dauphin 6,
East Juniata 5
COCOLAMUS - Early mistakes proved costly for East Juniata baseball Friday as Upper Dauphin was able to take full advantage of seven walks and three erros and beat the Tigers 6-5.
The first three did not go as planned for the Tigers as the team allowed four runs due to timely walks and errors but starting pitcher Nick Lorenz settled in and stabilized the group, giving his team an opportunity to win.
"(Nick) really settled down and pitched a fabulous game," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said, adding that Upper Dauphin's pitcher threw a solid game as well. "You can't take anything away from him."
Jesse Watts blasted a double for the Tigers and Lorenz had two hits on the day. Nick Stahr, Lorenz, Ryan Stuck and Jeremy Pannebaker all picked up an RBI in the loss.
East Juniata (8-2, 6-2) travels to Juniata Tuesday.
Mount Union 3, West Branch 1 (8 innings)
MORRISDALE - Eight strong innings from the circle and some late-game magic Friday propelled the Mount Union softball team to a 3-1 victory in eight innings over Inter-County Conference foe West Branch.
The usual suspects were at it again for the Trojans as Marissa Aurand kept the Warriors hitless until the fourth inning, tossing six strikeouts while only distributing two free passes. Aurand's defense supported her effort, committing zero errors in the extra-inning win.
"(Aurand) really pitched well," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "I can't say enough about how well she pitched."
Chapin Guiliante paced the Trojans on offense, collecting two hits and scoring two key runs. Fiscus said Guiliante came through for his squad in a big way.
"(She) really hit in the clutch for us tonight," he said. "I'm really proud of the way she has come on for us."
Mount Union (11-2, 10-2) travels to Glendale Tuesday.
Millersbug 13, Greenwood 3 (5 innings)
MILLERSBURG - Greenwood gave out 10 free passes to Millersburg hitters Friday and the Wildcats fell to the Indians to the Tri-Valley League foe in five innings by a score of 13-3.
Millersburg took advantage of the free baserunners by collecting 10 hits to the Wildcats' three and jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning.
"They're a good hitting team," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "You're not going to get away with giving them free passes."
Greenwood managed just one extra base hit, a double by Brooke Louden. The Indians smashed four triples and took control of the contest. Greenwood battled in the third and fourth but the three runs fell short.
Greenwood (3-5) hosts Upper Dauphin Tuesday.
District 6 Class AAA Singles Championships
ALTOONA - It was tough sledding for two Mifflin County tennis players Friday as the Huskies' top two singles participants lost in the quarterfinals of the District 6 Class AAA Singles Championships.
Matt DeBenedetto had a solid performance in the round of 16 and beat Central Mountain's Daniel Hendricks in straight sets 6-2 and 6-4. DeBenedetto moved on to the quarterfinals where he faced Hollidaysburg's Amir Alkhafaji. Alkhafaji shtu down the Huskies' No. 2 in straight sets 6-1 and 6-3.
Conner Saltzer started and ended his day in the quarterfinals as he faced a tough Ryan Good from Altoona. Good kept the pedal to the metal in the first set and took the opener 6-1. Saltzer was able to scratch out three games in the second set but Good was too strong, taking it 6-3.
Juniata 4, Huntingdon 3
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata notched its eighth win of the season Friday, using three singles victories and one doubles triumph to top Huntingdon 4-3.
Isaac Eck set the tone for the Indians by squashing his opponent's hopes for a win and taking the match in straight sets without surrendering a game. Logan Aurand followed suit and won his match by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Luis Pacheco dropped the first set of his match but rallied to notch the team's third point by winning the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-0, respectively.
Eck and Aurand teamed up and dominated the team's first doubles match giving the Indians the decisive fourth point needed to win the match. Juniata coach Alan Musselman said he was surprised his squad lost some of the matches and submitted that the victory was solid.
"I was kind of surprised," Musselman said. "It was a good win though and we play them once again next week."
Singles No. 1 Isaac Eck will participate in the District 4 championship tournament today.
Musselman and the Indians (8-2) host Carson Long Monday.
Mount Union 22, West Branch 8 (5 innings)
Alexis Secrest, Diana Roher and Sarah Gearhart were all 2-for-2. Ryleah Woodward, Mickenzey Goodrich, Abby Varner and Gearhart had doubles. Varner earned the victory from the circle. Mount Union (11-1) will host Southern Huntingdon today at 10 a.m.