MANDATA -- Mac Ney lost some playing time and more than a little sleep to a late-game strikeout in Monday's nonleague loss to Susquenita.
The frustration of coming up empty with the bases loaded haunted the Upper Dauphin junior from the batter's box to the mound, where he helped dig the Trojans' grave.
Tuesday was a new day with another game, and, well-rested or not, Ney was a different player.
He had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice in the first five innings as Upper Dauphin forged a five-run lead at Line Mountain.
"I've always loved to play the game and like to succeed in it, and (Monday) when it didn't go right for me it got a little under my skin," said Ney. "I was pretty angry at myself, and I definitely lost a little bit of sleep. I thought about it all day in school, what I can do to correct it, and came out here and did it."
The Trojans got three solid innings of relief from both Jordan Hubler and Kyle Glouner, and pushed the Eagles from a crowded tier of one-loss teams in the Tri-Valley League with an 11-8 win.
Upper Dauphin (5-3) is tied atop the TVL standings at 5-1 with East Juniata, which beat the Trojans in the season opener. Halifax and Newport are close behind at 4-1 in the league.
Line Mountain, playing without slugging outfielder Erik Smeltz (injured shoulder), dropped to 3-2 overall and TVL.
"We had instances when we could have folded and we didn't. We kept battling and I was happy with the way we battled back," said Eagles coach Jon Raker. "You get down five runs to one of the best teams in the league and you battled back and give yourself an opportunity in the last inning with the tying run at the plate and the top of the order coming up. You can't ask for more than a chance at the end of the game."