From staff reports
COCOLAMUS - Nick Lorenz doubled and knocked in four runs as East Juniata defeated rival Juniata 11-5 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game Wednesday at East Juniata High School.
Bailey Coder started the game for the Tigers and pitched three innings to pick up the win.
"Bailey was very effective for us the first two innings," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. "He started getting tired and his control was a little off. I took him out after three and Jeremy Pannebaker came in and threw four really super innings."
The big play for Juniata happened in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Indians had the bases loaded and no outs.
The Juniata player hit a low liner to third and the runners froze, fearing that it might be caught.
The ball bounced and the East Juniata third baseman stepped on third and followed with a throw home for the double play.
Juniata coach Nick Beward pointed to that as one of several mental errors that cost his club.
"After that, they scored several more," Beward said. "That changed the atmosphere of the game. We just kind of went flat after that."
As deflating as it was for the Indians, it served the opposite purposed for East Juniata.
"That was very important," Brubaker said. "It was a real big play. It took the wind out of their sails."
East Juniata (1-1, 1-1) will host Newport today, while Juniata (1-3, 1-2) hosts Lancaster Country Day the same day.
Midd-West 8, Selinsgrove 2
SELINSGROVE - Four different Mustangs collected multiple hits against Heartland Conference opponent Selinsgrove on Wednesday, as the Midd-West baseball team remained perfect with an 8-2 win.
Midd-West had 11 hits in the contest, but also took advantage of trouble from the Seals' pitching staff. In fact, Selinsgrove starting pitcher Zach Hendricks didn't even finish the first inning, allowing five walks during his time on the mound as the Mustangs took advantage to put up a 6-0 lead in the frame.
Mustang pitcher Hunter Schuff threw a complete game, giving up three walks to his five strikeouts as he held the Seals hitless going into the fifth inning.
"When you get pitching like that and timely hitting, you're going to win some ball games," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said.
Midd-West (3-0, 2-0) hosts Jersey Shore today.
Shikellamy 6, Midd-West 5
MIDDLEBURG - Brynn Markley had a great day for Midd-West, but not enough to help the Mustangs overpower Shikellamy, a 6-5 winner in a Heartland Conference softball game Wednesday.
Markley was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI.
"She can hit the ball," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said.
But, after facing pitching that featured nothing overpowering, he said, "We all should have hit the ball."
Four errors and five walks doomed the Mustangs; one of the miscues put a runner in scoring position - and she scored.
Midd-West (1-3, 0-3) hosts Shamokin today.