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.
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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.