The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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May 6, 2014

H.S. baseball: Shuff's clutch hit lifts Midd-West past Selinsgrove

By Todd Hummel

For The Daily Item

BEAVER SPRINGS -- After just its third loss of the season to start the week, things didn't look to be improving Tuesday for the Midd-West baseball team.

The Mustangs came out flat, fell behind Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I foe Selinsgrove, ran itself out of a chance for the lead in the fifth, and fell behind again in the top of the sixth.

"We were flat (Monday) and we came out flat again (today)," Midd-West coach coach Ron Flood said.

However, all it took was one swing of the bat by Hunter Shuff to make things better for the Mustangs.

Shuff's three-run double in the bottom of the sixth gave the Mustangs the lead, and, with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Combs came on to earn a two-pitch save and give Midd-West a 7-6 victory over Selinsgrove.

"We had different kids get hits and come through, which is how it was at the beginning of the season. That's the important thing," Flood said. "We had different kids step up. We had some guys not come through with the key hit early (in the game), but bounce back and come through late."

Midd-West (12-3, 7-3 HAC-I) trailed 5-4 to start the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Aaron Sharp reached base on a wild pitch after a strikeout. Eli Stem walked for the third time in the game, and Shane Connahan reached on an outfield error to load the bases.

After the second out on a pop to the catcher, Shuff doubled to the gap in left-center field, as the Selinsgrove's left fielder came up just short on a diving attempt. All three runs scored to give the Mustangs a 7-5 lead.

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