MOUNT UNION - Mount Union pitcher Trevon Walker had 11 strikeouts against West Branch on Thursday, and it was enough for an 11-0 win in 4 1/2 innings, plus a lead in the Inter-County Conference North Division standings.
"He just really had great command today," said Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli, whose pitcher threw a very efficient 50 strikes in 69 total pitches to hold West Branch to just three hits and no runs.
"He's been very good for us. We've used him as a relief pitcher, but he'll probably be one of our top starters as we head into the playoffs," Imperioli explained.
Dylan Sunderland went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Klayton Heffner, Brady Goodling, Hunter Atherton and Cole Wilson also got two RBIs apiece.
With the win, Mount Union (14-3, 12-1) surpassed Bellwood-Antis for the ICC North lead, and could seal the North with a win at Claysburg-Kimmel on Monday, a game that starts in the fifth inning from a suspension earlier this season.
If the Trojans win, they will travel to ICC South winner Southern Fulton for the conference championship on Tuesday.
East Juniata 12, Lancaster Country Day 9
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata pounded out six doubles and staved off Lancaster Country Day's seventh-inning comeback bid to beat the Cougars 12-9 on Thursday.
Mason Hambright led the way, doubling twice as a part of a 3-for-3 effort and knocking in two Tiger runs.
Chas McGuire picked up the win with 5 1/3 strong innings on the hill.
The Cougars put together a four-run sixth inning and a five-run seventh, but they couldn't make the long climb back.
"We jumped out ahead 12-4," East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said. "They put together a string of hits and we had a couple of loose plays that contributed to that. We held on though."
East Juniata (11-3, 9-3 TVL) hosts Upper Dauphin Saturday.
Montoursville 5, Midd-West 4
BEAVER SPRINGS - Midd-West scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 5-1 lead as the Mustangs fell 5-4 to Montoursville on Thursday.
Luke Zimmerman homered and went 2-for-3, but took the loss on the mound for Midd-West.
The Mustangs (12-5, 7-5 HAC) host Mifflinburg tomorrow.
Greenwood 4, Newport 3
Newport 14, Greenwood 3
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood got its second win when it topped Perry County rival Newport 4-3 in the first game of a Tri-Valley League doubleheader on Thursday, but the Buffaloes turned it right around and routed the Wildcats 14-3 in the nightcap.
"They played a nice clean game," Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said of his team's first game.
In the contest, Mitch Taylor took the win with seven strikeouts and one walk.
"Taylor threw one of the best games of the year," Sherman said.
For the second game, Sherman said some errors by Greenwood and five runs by Newport in the fifth deflated the Wildcats in the loss.
Greenwood (2-16) travels to Juniata on Monday to complete a suspended game.
Juniata 8, Halifax 6
HALIFAX - Juniata scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Halifax 8-6 in a Tri-Valley League softball game Thursday.
Victoria Cisney had four hits and knocked in three runs for the Indians as they overcame a 6-1 lead by scoring five runs in the seventh inning.
Autumn Young earned the win for the Indians despite surrendering a double and triple to Halifax's Morgan Cox.
Newport 4, Greenwood 3 (9 inn.)
NEWPORT - Abi Albright was credited with a win in the circle Thursday.
But where she really won Newport's Tri-Valley League contest against Greenwood was at the plate. Her ninth-inning RBI single was a walk-off winner for the Buffaloes, 4-3. It was her only hit in the game.
Newport carried a 3-0 lead from the first to the sixth, then tied the game. But with 13 hits, Wildcats coach Troy Gantt thought his team could have done more.
"I think it was for us leaving 15 on base" was the issue, he said.
Greenwood (5-11, 2-11) hosts East Juniata Monday.
West Branch 4, Mount Union 3
West Branch 6, Mount Union 2
ALLPORT - Mount Union took a double dose of trouble against West Branch on Thursday when untimely errors harmed the Trojans in the loss of both games in a doubleheader, 4-3 and 6-2.
In the first game, the Trojans had a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but several consecutive errors allowed the Warriors to score two runs on two outs for the 4-3 win. Mount Union had nine total errors in the contest.
In the second game, Mount Union had three errors.
"You can't make this many errors this time of year. And we didn't come ready to play. Our heads weren't here," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Mount Union (13-7, 8-6 ICC) completed the regular season and awaits seeding for the District 6 Class AA tournament.
Selinsgrove 11, Midd-West 1 (5 inn.)
SELINSGROVE - Eight errors, several of which came in a seven-run fifth inning for Selingrove turned out to cost Midd-West in an 11-1 softball loss at Selinsgrove.
Each team had five hits, but Selinsgrove was able to make the most of them.
The Mustangs left the bases loaded in the first and third and left runners on second and third in the second inning.
"It was a lot of runners stranded," Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. "(Starting pitcher Adrianne) Gesselman pitched well, we just didn't back her up."
Midd-West (4-14, 3-12) hosts East Juniata today.
Track and field
Girls: Mount Union 98, Fannett-Metal 52; Everett 84, Mount Union 60
Boys: Mount Union 84, Fannett-Metal 65; Everett 93, Mount Union 57
MOUNT UNION - Fannett-Metal fell victim to a strong effort by both the boys and girls Mount Union track teams on Thursday, and it resulted in the girls' third win of the season and the boys' second.
The girls topped Fannett-Metal, 98-52, while the boys took the 84-65 win. Against Everett, both the boys and girls lost 84-60 and 93-57, respectively.
On boys side, three first-place fineshes apiece from Forrest Reinhard and Austin Frederick, plus a four-win day from Evan Richardson set the pace.
"Today definitely Richardson and Frederick stepped up," Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. "They improved their overall performance, in fact, some of the jumps were their personal best of the year."
For the girls, most of the first-place finishes were spread out well among the team, but senior Brooke Staley led the pack with three.
"Overall the girls side it was a real great, positive team effort. (We were) basically led by our senior Brooke Staley," Wydock said.
Mount Union (Boys: 2-10, Girls: 3-9) travels to the District 6 meet Tuesday in Altoona.