From staff reports
WILLIAMSBURG - Mount Union's Klayton Heffner and Williamsburg's Austin McMonigle played out the epitome of a pitchers' duel on Thursday, and thanks to his dominating 14 strikeouts and an RBI from teammate Hunter Atherton in the top of the first, Heffner and the Trojans walked away with the 1-0 victory.
"It was just a really difficult day to get some runs," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said, explaining that both teams had scoring threats throughout the game, but outstanding pitching on both sides limited the offense.
The sole run of the game was scored with two outs, when Atherton singled to drive home Heffner, who had reached earlier on a double.
Atherton went 2-for-3, as did teammate Trevon Walker, accounting for four of Mount Union's five hits.
From the mound, Heffner had what Imperioli called "an economy of pitches," as he worked his fasball and curveball very efficiently to throw 62 strikes out of his 85 total pitches. The Trojans only allowed two hits, both of which by Williamsburg's Tyler Shaw.
Mount Union (6-1, 5-1 ICC) is off until Tuesday when it travels to Claysburg-Kimmel.
East Juniata 9, Newport 0
COCOLAMUS - Mason Hambright pitched a complete game shutout and East Juniata got three hits and four RBIs from Nick Stahr as the Tigers blanked Newport 9-0 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game at East Juniata High School on Thursday.
Hambright scattered seven hits on the day and his teammates pounded out 12 hits at the plate to get the Tigers past Newport.
East Juniata (4-2, 4-2) will hit the road Wednesday when it travels to Millersburg.
Red Land 4,
Mifflin County 1
LEWISBERRY - Mifflin County got to Red Land starter Jeremy Hileman for a run in the first inning, but couldn't light up the scoreboard the rest of the day and eventually fell 4-1 to Red Land on Thursday at Red Land High School.
"We got into him in the first inning," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. "We hit the ball well at times and got guys on with two outs, we just couldn't get them in."
Huskies starter Heath Hidlay had an efficient day on the mound, throwing just 85 pitches in his complete game and got a flawless effort from his defense.
"Our defense was good," Zook said. "We just couldn't get timely hits."
The Huskies (4-3, 4-3 Commonwealth Division) will be at Chambersburg on Monday.
Juniata 8, Halifax 3
HALIFAX - Juniata took it to the Tri-Valley League defending champions Halifax on Thursday, when the Indians outhit the Wildcats 10-4 for the 8-3 win.
"That is what this baseball team needed to spark us. We needed something to get us going," said Juniata skipper Nick Beward, whose team is now at 2-4 in the league.
It took a full-game performance from Jon Ruble - Beward said the pitcher gave up three walks in the first inning, but only got stronger as the game progressed - and a slew of extra-base hits to propel the Indians to the win.
"Once he got in his groove, he was very effective," Beward said of Ruble, who was supported by his team's offense which doubled its extra-base hits for the season with four.
Dakhota Sweitzer had a triple and Ty Treaster, Dylan Loudenslager and Korey Martin all had doubles, while each of the four also had at least one RBI.
"It was nice to have a fun bus ride home," said Beward, who highlighted freshman Martin's 2-for-4 night and the leadership he saw from his upperclassmen as well.
Juniata (2-5, 2-4) travels to Upper Dauphin on Wednesday.
Midd-West 5, Shikellamy 3
SUNBURY - Midd-West starter Adrianne Gesselman pitched a complete game for Midd-West and knocked in two runs to earn the Mustangs their first Heartland Conference win of the season, a 5-3 decision over Shikellamy.
Gesselman struck out seven Shikellamy batters on the mound and went 2-for-4 at the plate, putting in a great combined effort for Midd-West.
"The last two games she's pitched really well," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. "She's finding a groove at this point. We need that consistency on the mound and she's doing that for us."
Midd-West (2-7, 1-7) will look to continue its winning ways on Monday when it hosts Halifax.
Mount Union 16, Williamsburg 11
WILLIAMSBURG - Kristin Miles smashed another home run for Mount Union and knocked in six runs as the Trojans defeated Williamsburg 16-11 Thursday in a softball game.
"Miles has really hit in the clutch for the last couple of games," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "We needed it tonight."
Brittany Brumbaugh went 3-for-5 and knocked in a run and Liza Fegley earned the win in relief.
The Trojans (8-1, 6-1 ICC) will be back in action Monday when they visit Everett.
Newport 6, East Juniata 3
NEWPORT - East Juniata outhit Newport 10-8 in a Tri-Valley League softball game Thursday, but the Buffaloes still came away with the 6-3 win.
East Juniata had single runs in the first, fifth and sixth innings.
The Tigers host Upper Dauphin on Monday.
Halifax 15, Juniata 7
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata belted three triples but it wasn't enough as the Indians fell 15-7 to Halifax Thursday in a Tri-Valley League softball game at Juniata High School.
Micheh Horning went 2-for-4 including a triple and three RBIs, as the Juniata offense was outslugged, courtesy of Halifax's 15 runs on 15 hits.
The Indians (4-3, 4-3) will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Upper Dauphin.
Hershey 4, Mifflin County 1
LEWISTOWN - Matt DeBenedetto picked up Mifflin County's sole victory in a 4-1 boys tennis loss to Hershey on Thursday afternoon.
It took the No. 1 Huskies' singles player three sets and two tiebreakers to earn the win.
The rest of DeBenedetto's teammates fell to Hershey in succession with Conner Saltzer and Clay Morgan dropping singles matches 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-4, respectively.
The Huskies (9-5, 8-3 Commonwealth Division) host Palmyra on Monday.
*Mount Union 11, Williamsburg 0. Winning pitcher McKenna Shields had 13 strikeouts.