From staff reports
MIDDLEBURG - Pete Voss asked his Midd-West softball team after Friday's game what could have been if the Mustangs had played all season like they did in their season finale.
It was a question that made the girls think, he said, after Midd-West knocked off Shikellamy 9-3 in the Heartland Conference game, just the second win for the Snyder County team this year.
He said the Mustangs finally came together, meeting the challenge in their last opportunity to do so.
"We put the whole game together," he said. "We hit, we had good fielding and we had good pitching. We were like an entirely different team tonight."
Adrianne Gesselman struck out six for the win. Britt Cunningham doubled and drove in a pair. Sarah Shambach (3-for-4), Emily Hackenberg (2-for-4) and Kaitlyn Walter (3-for-3) all contributed to the 10-hit night for their team. And the mistakes that have plagued the Mustangs were gone.
"We had one error, which made the difference," Voss said. "When you don't have those errors youre going to give yourself an awful lot of opportunities."
Five seniors - four of them starters - played their last in a Midd-West uniform. The Mustangs end the season at 2-18.
Shikellamy 1 (5 innings)
BEAVER SPRINGS - Shikellamy, having been knocked out of the District 4 Class AA tournament, decided to use Friday's season finale at Midd-West to give the next generation a chance to play.
Midd-West, having clinched a playoff berth for the first time in four years, made the most of the opportunity. The offense lit up the scoreboard as the Mustangs ended the season with a 15-1, mercy-rule shortened win.
"It was tough to play tonight. They knew they weren't going to see a whole lot," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said. "(Shikellamy) played a lot of non-starters. The pitcher was a first-time pitcher."
Six players doubled - Alex Lash did it twice - and five had multiple hits, with three each to lash and Colton Keister, who also drove in a pair of runs.
Midd-West (12-8) awaits the release of the District 4 bracket.
Track and field
District 3 championships
SHIPPENSBURG - Greenwood's Emily Fisher became the first from her school to punch her ticket for state track, winning the Class AA discus in the first day of the combined District 3 track and field championships Friday.
Fisher threw 122 feet, 10 inches, outperforming the top seed and reaching the state qualifying standard.
Greenwood also had two placewinners and saw one hurdler qualify for today's finals. The top two automatically advance.
Dillon Meehan had the best day in the field, taking fourth plays in the boys shot put. But his throw was below the state standard that the top three throwers met.
In the triple jump, Erin Zeiders finished eighth, the final placement spot.
Jordyn Sorber (girls 100) and Gabe Schroff (boys 110) both advanced from preliminaries to their respective semifinals in the hurdles, but only Schroff will run in his event again today. Sorber was the ninth to cross the line, missing a finals berth by 7/100 of a second. Schroff was the eighth finisher, which clinched a lane in today's final.
The meet concludes today at Shippensburg University.