COCOLAMUS - Newport pitcher Jordan Clegg may have gotten eight strikeouts against East Juniata Wednesday on the baseball diamond, but that didn't slow the Tigers down as they dropped Newport 10-0 in five innings for the Tri-Valley League win.
The Tigers struck early, plating five runs in the first and never looking back.
Offensively, East Juniata was paced by a Bailey Coder triple and double, plus one double apiece from Jesse Watts and Dalton Rowe. The Tigers also had two RBIs apiece from Ryan Stuck, Dillon Leonard, Rowe and Coder.
Stuck picked up the win, striking out two and allowing only two Newport hits.
"Ryan just pitched a real clean baseball game. He got the batters to hit the ball on the ground and had a couple fly balls, but really was in control throughout the whole game," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said.
East Juniata (14-4, 12-3) travels to Lancaster Country Day on today for the last game of the regular season.
Altoona 3, Mifflin County 1
ALTOONA - Poor contact at the plate plus a few hard-hit balls directed right at Altoona defenders proved to be Mifflin County's downfall Wednesday when the Huskies fell to the non-league opponent 3-1 on the baseball diamond.
Winning pitcher Ben Wyland threw two strikeouts and only allowed three Mifflin County hits verses Seth Wagner's two strikeout, seven-hit performance.
"I felt like we had to be aggressive, Wyland threw a good game. I don't think we were over aggressive, but we were swinging at too many pitches that weren't strikes," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said.
Zook credited Wagner for a strong performance, and said that for future success the team needs to cut back on errors and deliver more results at the plate.
"Defensively, with three errors in a tight ball game like that, we're not going to come away with a the win," Zook said.
Mifflin County (9-11, 7-8) has completed its regular season and won't play again until May 23 when the Huskies host Central Mountain for their first game in the District 6 Class AAAA tournament.
Midd-West 11, Troy 2
BEAVER SPRINGS - The Midd-West baseball team might have had trouble defensively with its five errors Wednesday against non-conference opponent Troy, but the Mustangs made up for it at the plate, scoring 11 runs on 16 hits to drop Troy, 11-2.
"We just got key base hits when we needed them," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. "That's the key to success."
Midd-West's only batter to get extra bases was Hunter Shuff with a double, but RBIs from Luke Zimmerman, Shane Connahan, Austin Hockenbrock, Aaron Sharp, Marcus Benfer and Sam Lash allowed the Mustang to score throughout the game.
Colton Keister took the win from the mound, allowing four hits and two runs.
"He didn't throw his best, but when you only give up four hits and strikeout five, we'll take that every night," Flood said.
Midd-West (11-8) plays its last game of the regular season when it hosts Shikellamy Friday.
Shamokin 16, Midd-West 0 (3 innings)
COAL TOWNSHIP - It was a dry day at the plate for Midd-West softball on Wednesday, as the Mustangs failed to notch a hit in their 16-0 loss to Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin in three innings.
Starting pitcher Adrianne Gesselman had a rocky first inning against the Indians, walking four and giving up five runs, so in the second coach Pete Voss decided to give freshman Lori Yoder a chance from the circle.
In the second Shamokin put up 11 runs, but Yoder managed to get a strikeout in her fourth inning of varsity experience.
"Lori Yoder is a freshman, it's a big jump. She's jumping from town ball right to varsity. She was throwing strikes ... she's still very young and is developing," Voss said.
The Mustangs (1-17) have their final game of the season Friday, when they play host to Shikellamy.
Centre County League
Lewistown 7, Lemont 6
LEWISTOWN - The Predators trailed Centre County Baseball League opponent Lemont 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but put up six runs including a go-ahead single from Mike Higgens for the win Wednesday.
Sean Heckert had two hits for the Predators, and Cody Heane picked up the win.
Wednesday, Mifflin County's home softball game against State College was postponed to today at 4:15 p.m. at Snyder Field in Reedsville. The Milroy Coyotes' Centre County Baseball game at Philipsburg-Osceola was also postponed to a date yet to be determined.
Today, Juniata's softball game with Halifax has been postponed to May 21.