It's fair to wonder how the game would have unfolded had Milton not scored after loading the bases with no outs. Daniel Bridge may never hit a bigger RBI groundout.
"It hurt really bad to lose to Montoursville like that on our home turf. It was like a football score," said Bridge. "As the weekend went on, I put it in the back of my mind and I know we've got plenty of more games ahead of us. But to get a win like this proves we can get on a roll again."
NEW ATTITUDE: Shikellamy has missed the district playoffs by three and four wins, respectively, in coach Bobby Felmy's first two seasons.
The Braves, though, have a different look this year, not to mention wins over two HAC-I teams that swept them a year ago -- Montoursville and archrival Selinsgrove.
Logan Hall is a terrific senior leader, seen running wind sprints until minutes before first pitch Wednesday. Sophomores Nick Dunn and Colby Lahr have also helped change the focus of the team to winning ballgames.
"We had a lot of adversity here in the beginning of the year with some guys not coming out, some veteran leadership that left, and these guys have taken it and bounced back," said Felmy. "They've picked themselves up and said, 'This is what we've got,' and they're working hard."
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING: Despite winning or sharing the Tri-Valley League championship in each of the last three seasons, Upper Dauphin coach Ryan Lentz believes his Trojans have to learn how to win all over again.
Lentz has a handful of veteran returners such as Mac Ney, Kane Bouchard and Ian Buffington, but he also had six sophomores in the opening-day lineup. In fact, half of Upper Daupnin's 16 varsity players are in 10th grade.