From staff reports
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County was trailing host Chambersburg by three runs after an inning Monday.
Ace hurler Isaiah Kearns was having, by his standards, a pretty rough day.
But a run here, a run there and a three-run fifth put the Huskies right back in the game - and they won the Commonwealth Division contest, 7-6.
"We chipped away with one in the second and one in the fourth, then had a big inning in the fifth," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said. "The bats really showed up today."
Kearns got back on track, too. After giving up three walks in the opening frame - and without striking out a single batter - he managed to work his way back into the decision, and it went his way.
"In the first inning he had some control issues," Zook said, plus the Trojans were putting a lot of balls in play. "I'm very pleased that we're getting back on the right track this week."
Mifflin County (5-3, 5-3) hosts Central Mountain Wednesday in its first non-league game of the season.
Midd-West 6, Lewisburg 2
BEAVER SPRINGS - Midd-West got multiple hits from six different players and another excellent effort on the mound from Hunter Shuff as the Mustangs beat Lewisburg 6-2 on Monday in a baseball game at West Snyder Elementary School.
"We've been doing that most of the year," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said of having six players contribute offensively. "We're getting contributions from everyone and clutch hits when we need them. These guys are picking each other up."
Shuff went all seven innings, striking out nine Lewisburg batters and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
"Shuff threw another great game," Flood said. "He only gave up five hits and struck out nine. When you get that and only make one error, you're going to win a lot of ball games."
Midd-West (8-1, 4-1 HAC) will play at home again today when the Mustangs take on Benton.
Mount Union 6, Everett 1
EVERETT - Everett briefly led Monday's Inter-County Conference softball game against Mount Union.
Then Mount Union started hitting, and the game quickly went in the Trojans' direction. They upended previously unbeaten Everett, 6-1.
Mount Union coach Matt Aurand said his team struggled with base runners early, then gave up a run - but didn't quit.
"We had runners on second and third in the third inning. We didn't have confidence and I told them to keep knocking on the door," he said. "We were able to get two across and take back control in the fourth."
He said Marissa Aurand was solid for the Trojans on the mound, and noted his team turned double plays to end each of the first two innings.
Mount Union (9-1) hosts Claysburg-Kimmel today.
Millersburg 5, Greenwood 2
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood couldn't take advantage of five Millersburg errors as the Wildcats fell 5-2 to Millersburg Monday at Greenwood High School.
Part of the reason Millersburg could survive five errors was the effort in the circle from its starter Marla Roadcap, who struck out 12 Wildcats.
Greenwood coach Troy Gantt was happy his team did put the ball in play enough to put pressure on the opposing defense.
"(Roadcap) has been a dominant pitcher this season," Gantt said. "I think we did a better job of putting the ball in play and putting pressure on their defense."
Greenwood (0-6, 0-6 Tri-Valley League) will look for its first win of the season Wednesday at Line Mountain.
Halifax 10, Midd-West 2
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West starter Adrianne Gesselman struck out 11 Halifax batters, but a series of errors and mental mistakes cost her the opportunity to win a softball game Monday at Midd-West High School.
The Mustangs also got a 2-for-4 effort and an RBI from Sara Shambach, but fell 10-2 in the non-league game.
Gesselman limited Halifax to five hits on the afternoon.
Midd-West (2-8) is back to Heartland Conference action today at Milton.
Mifflin County 5, Palmyra 0
LEWISTOWN - Three of the normal starters for Mifflin County's tennis team were out of town Monday.
That barely slowed the Huskies, who blanked Palmyra 5-0.
The trio, including No. 1 singles player Matt DeBenedetto, were representing the school on a National Honor Society trip. That meant a shuffle in the lineup, putting Conner Saltzer in the top spot, where he won the most contested match of the day, 6-4, 6-4 over Palmyra's Eric Lynn. Clay Morgan didn't give up a game in the No. 2 spot and Cody Donaldson clinched the win before the doubles scores were entered.
"I was proud of that. I always tell them to be ready for anything," Mifflin County coach Glenn Kyle said. "They had to step up and they did well."
The Huskies (10-5) host Altoona today.