By The Daily Item
MILTON -- With one swing of the bat on Tuesday, Luke Zimmerman extended Midd-West's season and put a serious kink in Milton's chances at extending their's.
Zimmerman doubled home a pair of runs to highlight a four-run seventh inning for Midd-West in a 6-3 Heartland-I victory over Milton that qualified the Mustangs for the District 4 playoffs.
Shane Connahan added a two-run single in the seventh, and prior to that he had an RBI single in the sixth for Midd-West (10-8 overall).
"We just got the key hits when we needed them," said Midd-West coach Ron Flood. "Mark (Artley) threw a good ballgame, and our pitcher (Alex Lash) threw a good ballgame, and then Austin Hockenbroch came in and struck out four of the five batters he faced. He was on fire."
"The kids are happy to qualify for districts for the first time in three years," added Flood.
Brandon Stokes went 2-for-3 and doubled to lead Milton (6-10), which needs to win its final four games to qualify for the postseason. Left to be played for the Black Panthers is a home game with Williamsport today, along with a continuation game at home with Loyalsock on Thursday and the Montoursville Tournament this weekend.
n Shikellamy 2,
MONTOURSVILLE -- With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Shikellamy stayed calm, knowing they needed to win to keep its postseason hopes alive.
That's when Montoursville's Cameron Ott got ahold of a pitch, only to fly out to Shikellamy's shortstop to end the rally, and more importantly the game, as the Braves picked up the nonleague win to improve to 8-10 on the season.
The Braves host Jersey Shore on Thursday and travel to Midd-West on Friday, needing to win both to qualify for the District 4 playoffs.
Shikellamy didn't collect a hit until the sixth inning when pitcher Brandon Kashuba -- who went all 7 innings on the mound -- had a base hit before Logan Hall had an RBI double to give the Braves the 1-0 lead.
Montoursville's only run in the seventh came when Pierce Ranck was walked with the bases loaded.
n Danville 4,
SELINSGROVE -- Despite being out of the playoff picture the Ironmen still played like a team with something to fight for, and they ended the Seals' postseason chances with the HAC-I win.
Danville (6-12) rallied for two runs with two outs in the seventh inning. Bret Berg hit a two-run single to plate Kurtis Mordan and Garrett Krum. The Ironmen had three hits with two outs in the inning.
Berg finished with three RBIs for Danville.
Alex Moyer, Aidan Greak and Zach Hendricks all had two hits for Selinsgrove (8-11).
n Line Mountain 14,
Juniata 4 (6 innings)
MANDATA -- The Eagles got big games from three different players to roll past the Indians for the Tri-Valley League win.
JP Lenker led Line Mountain (9-11, 8-8 TVL) by going 5-for-5, doubling twice and driving in five runs.
Austin Snyder not only got the complete-game win for the Eagles, but he also had two hits, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and drove in four runs. Cory Warford added a 3-for-4 day with two RBIs in the win.
n Upper Dauphin 10,
Millersburg 0 (5 inn.)
MILLERSBURG -- Matt Deitrick and Casey Wise went a combined 5-for-6 and drove in a total of five runs to lead the Trojans to the TVL win.
Winning pitcher Mack Ney and Tanner Miller both went 2-for-4 and scored two runs apiece for Upper Dauphin (15-5, 13-3 TVL).
n Lancaster Co. Day 6,
MILLERSTOWN -- The Wildcats showed some flash as they scored four runs in the sixth inning, but they weren't able to hold off the Cougars and fell in the TVL matchup.
Josh Noll went 3-for-3 and drove in a run, plus Josh Shuman had two hits for Greenwood (1-18 overall).
n Danville 4,
North Schuylkill 2
DANVILLE -- A two-run single by Kylie Romeo and Leslie Fritz's RBI double led to a four-run fifth inning and the nonleague win for the Ironmen.
Fritz finished 2-for-3, while pitcher Tara Fritz got the complete-game win for Danville (11-8) despite walking more batters (6) than she struck out (4).
n Halifax 15,
East Juniata 5 (5 inn.)
COCOLAMUS -- Pitcher Chelsea Konyar helped her own cause out by hitting a grand slam in the Wildcats' TVL win over the Tigers. Halifax catcher Morgan Cox added three hits, including a home run and four RBIs.
n Selinsgrove 18,
SELINSGROVE -- A total of six girls scored two goals apiece as the Seals ran away for the Central Susquehanna Girls Lacrosse League win.
Scoring two goals apiece for Selinsgrove (6-6) were Jenna Clark, Sara Moyer, Chelsea Matusheski, Madeline Troppe, Kylee John and Keely Roadarmel.