MOUNT UNION - Thursday was a special day for Klayton Heffner and Trevon Walker.
Heffner got two wins on the mound - going the final two innings of a suspended game and starting the originally scheduled game against Juniata Valley - while Walker hit a ninth-inning, game-winning homer in the suspended game and nailed down the save to give Mount Union it's second win on the day.
Mount Union won the nine-inning game 5-3 and won the second 7-5.
Walker, who is the regular starting shortstop, and sophomore third baseman Drew Harshbarger have lifted the Trojans recently.
"(Harshbarger) is so steady down there at third base," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said. "That left side of the diamond was excellent. They've been quite the pair on that side."
The pair of wins were big for the Trojans as they face a ruthless stretch the rest of the season where they play 11 games against only two potential practice days.
"(We got) seven of out 10 hits from the bottom of the line-up." Imperioli said. "Today, the bottom of the line-up was outstanding. That was key for us."
The Trojans have a four-game week next week with a showdown with Class AAA Hollidaysburg.
"Hollidaysburg is always tough," Imperioli said. "It would be nice to win that."
District 6 Class AA singles
ALTOONA - Juniata's Issac Eck will be playing for his second consecutive District 6 title.
Eck ravaged three straight opponents losing no more than two games in a set on Thursday, defeating Ben Buchkovich (Forest Hills), Ben Katz (Westmont-Hilltop) and Austin Perow (Huntingdon) en route to Saturday's district singles championship with Jimmy Burke of Bishop Guilfoyle.
"His serve has gotten much better than in the past," Juniata coach Alan Musselman said. "He's an all-court player. He's getting better by the week,"
Eck's recent play has partly been due to his international experience in Canada with the International Tennis Federation.
Eck's teammate, Brad Lipka, knocked off Nick Golden of Forest Hills in the first round 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Lipka fell in the next round to Jake Lesko of Richland 6-2, 6-3 to end his tournament.
Eck will face Burke on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Altoona High School.
Mifflin County 4, Red Land 1
LEWISBERRY - Thanks to an odd reschedule, Mifflin County had a lunchtime tennis match Thursday, and used it to eat Red Land's lunch.
The Huskies won 4-1, with the lone loss coming in the No. 1 singles spot.
Red Land had to start early due to a second match it played later in the day in Chambersburg.
"Their bus was waiting on them," Huskies' coach Glenn Kyle quipped.
Mifflin County (12-5) plays one last meet Tuesday against Altoona, but singles leaders Matt DeBenedetto and Conner Saltzer will be in action today at Altoona in the District 6 Class AAA singles tournament.
Boys: Juniata 111, Upper Dauphin 38
Girls: Juniata 102.5, Upper Dauphin 47.5
ELIZABETHVILLE - Carly Burns brought 20 points across the Susquehanna River Thursday, which helped Juniata's girls take home a 102.5-47.5 win over Upper Dauphin in a Tri-Valley League track and field meet.
The Juniata boys, paced by Noah Burns, who won both distance races and was on the winning 4x800-meter relay team, also came away with a wide-margin victory, 111-38.
The boys swept two events, one each on the track and in the field. All three to takes points in the 1,600 were Indians, led by Burns. Jonathan Hummel was top hurler in the shot put, where Juniata also scored all nine points.
Of Hummel, Juniata coach Kim Hart said, "He made a personal commitment to succeed in being a thrower."
Part of that was taking lessons from Troy Hess, who was a state champion thrower for East Juniata.
"People that diligently work with him seem to have very good results," she said. "These athletes that work with him have to be very goal-oriented."
Juniata had multiple wins from Nick Gilbert, who won both hurdles races and was runner-up in the high jump, and teammate Derek Beitz, who won the high jump and the long jump.
For the girls, Carly Burns won both distance runs, the javelin and was on the winning 4x800 quartet. Two of her events - javelin and the 1,600 - were sweeps for the Indians. Hailie Shertzer had three wins, the long jump, triple jump and shot put.
Hart said Shertzer was a solution to a problem - unhappiness with the outcome of the field events, and finding the person who could change that.
"A couple meets ago I got a little frustrated being wiped out in some of these field events," Hart said. "She's hugely as far a I can see a perfectionist. She's super focused on being good at all of them."
Juniata heads to the Pine Grove Invitational today.
Boys: Greenwood 105.5, Millersburg 44.5
Girls: Greenwood 83, Millersburg 67
MILLERSBURG - Greenwood didn't win everything in any event. But the Wildcats won enough - on the road no less - to take a pair of wins from Millersburg, the strongest challenger to Greenwood's position atop the girls standings in the Tri-Valley League. The win also keeps the Perry County team ahead of Juniata in the boys standings.
In the boys' 105.5-44.5 win, Greenwood did take all three relays, and nearly swept the pole vault - a tie for third gave a half point to the Indians. Hunter Wirth and Gabe Schroff were among the multiple winners for the Wildcats.
The girls, who eked out an 83-67 victory, had a number of multiple event winners while the team was first in 11 of 18 events. Among the top scorers were Hattie Kuhns, Jordyn Sorber, Emily Fisher and Taylor Hartman.
Cumberland Valley 2, Mifflin County 1
MECHANICSBURG - Errors in the field were the downfall for the Huskies on Thursday as the softball team dropped a 2-1 contest to Commonwealth Division opponent Cumberland Valley.
The Eagles scored in the third and fourth, and Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said both runs could be traced back to throwing errors.
"They really need to be able to slow the game down and focus on the most important things, and right now I feel like they went into that game hoping to win. They need to go into the game confident," he said.
It was the Huskies' first loss of the season, and a potentially crucial one as Mifflin County and the Eagles are two of the top contenders for he league title.
"What I'm hoping is that we learn something from this," said McCurdy, explaining that he hopes the loss is good for his team's perspective, which has now split its series with the Eagles.
The Huskies got a 10-7 win from the JV team.
Mifflin County (6-1, 6-1) will travel to the Central Mountain tournament Saturday.
Greenwood 5, West Perry 4
MILLERSTOWN - After just one and a half innings of scoreless softball Thursday, all it took was one big hit from Greenwood's Kelsey Stemler in the bottom of the second to propel the Wildcats to a 5-4 win over West Perry.
It was the Wildcats' first win of the season, and also the first game of the rain-impacted Perry County tournament.
With two on and one out, Stemler hit one hard for a three-run homer, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish.
"That was a timely hit. Somthing we've been missing here early in the season," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said.
Pitcher Amy Heggenstaller went the distance for the win, throwing five strikeouts and issuing two walks. She gave up four of West Perry's six hits to one player, but otherwise kept West Perry's batters at bay.
"She's been solid. She pitched pretty well today," Gantt said.
The Wildcats are now at 1-7 on the season, and travel to Juniata today for a Tri-Valley League matchup. The rest of the tournament will be scheduled at a later date.
Mount Union 13, Juniata Valley 3
ALEXANDRIA - Liza Feagley hit a mammoth home run and pitched a complete game and Mount Union defeated Juniata Valley 13-3 on Thursday at Juniata Valley High School.
"She gave up one run in the first and really settled down after that," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "She really hit at the plate too."
The Trojans also got a home run from Kristin Miles and a 3-for-4 effort including a triple and four RBIs from Lauren Shugarts in the mercy rule win.
"Lauren Shugarts continues to swing a hot bat," Fiscus said. "Just a good day for us overall."
Mount Union (10-1, 7-1 ICC) will be back in action on senior night Monday when the Trojans host Glendale.
Juniata 4, Newport 3
NEWPORT - Although both teams had six hits and three errors, it was Juniata that came out on top against Newport Thursday for a 4-3 Tri-Valley League baseball win.
"At times we struggled offensively, but I can't say enough about the clutch hits," said Juniata coach Nick Beward, who pointed out a triple in the third by Chantz Swartz as one of those key hits.
From the mound, Ty Treaster went the distance, giving up six hits, but recording 11 strikeouts.
Offensively, the Indians also got some help from Dakhota Sweitzer, who had a double and three RBIs.
The JV team lost to Newport, 7-2.
Juniata (3-6, 3-5) hosts Greenwood today.