By The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG -- With only a couple of weeks left in the regular season, there's no better time for Selinsgrove to start a playoff push than right now.
Selinsgrove got a much-needed win on Friday to get that drive started when the Seals upended Midd-West, 6-2, in Heartland-I action.
The Seals (6-10, 4-7 HAC-I) have four games left on the season, and they need to win them all in order to qualify for the District 4 playoffs.
Selinsgrove plays at Mifflinburg on Monday before the Seals host Danville on Wednesday. The team closes the season playing at Jersey Shore on Friday and hosting Lewisburg on Monday, May 13.
After scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, Selinsgrove posted a three-run fifth to take command of the game.
Austin Benner hit a two-run single and Colby Crissinger had an RBI single for Selinsgrove in the fifth. Aidan Greak added two hits an RBI earlier in the game for the Seals.
"Selinsgrove played well and they hit the ball when they had guys on base, and we did not. They deserve to win the ballgame," said Midd-West coach Ron Flood.
Austin Hockenbroch had an RBI single and Colton Snook had the other RBI for Midd-West (8-7 overall).
n Shikellamy 9,
MIFFLINBURG -- The Braves took another step towards the District 4 playoffs by coming up with some late-game run production in the HAC-I win over the Wildcats.
Nick Dunn and Blake Bettleyon both had RBI singles in the fifth inning. Then in the sixth, the big blow for Shikellamy (7-8, 4-6 HAC-I) came from a two-run single by Jean Turber.
Hall and Lahr both finished with three hits and they combined for seven runs scored for the Braves, who have five games remaining on the year.
Mifflinburg is also win away from punching its ticket into the playoffs. The Wildcats are 9-6, 5-6.
n Lewisburg 4,
Warrior Run 3
LEWISBURG -- Mikey Fisher went 2-for-3 and drove in two of the Green Dragons' four runs, leading them to the HAC-II win.
Joey Gardner added an RBI single for Lewisburg (4-11).
Lloyd Minium had an RBI single and Hunter Raup had an RBI double for Warrior Run (3-9).
n Line Mountain 8,
MILLERSBURG -- Just when the Indians had a win in their grasp, the Eagles snatched it away by scoring six runs in the seventh inning for the Tri-Valley League victory.
Millersburg (5-9 overall) scored four runs in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead.
J.P. Lenker and Austin Snyder contributed to the comeback by each driving in two runs for Line Mountain (8-7, 7-5 TVL). Snyder's had a double and triple.
Snyder also pitched the first 5.1 innings before giving way to Zach Bobb, who got the win for the Eagles. Bobb faced six batters and struck out two and gave up two hits.
n Montgomery 5,
Southern Columbia 3
MONTGOMERY -- The Red Raiders scored twice in the sixth inning to break a 3-all tie and take the HAC-III win. Garett Sosnoski, Tyler Behrent and Doug Michaels all had RBI singles for Southern (8-5-1, 5-4 HAC-III).
n Hughesville 10,
Shamokin 0 (5 inn.)
HUGHESVILLE -- The Indians were held to just two hits as they fell in the HAC-II matchup. Theo Deptula and Julian Deitrick had the base hits for Shamokin versus Hughesville pitcher Justin Lambert, who struck out nine and walked two.
n Tri-Valley 11,
Lourdes Regional 5
MOUNT CARMEL -- After keeping their opponents' offense in check through the first three innings, the Red Raiders couldn't keep that effort going the rest of the game as the Bulldogs pulled away for the Schuylkill League win.
Peyton Klembara and Caity Funk both had a pair of hits and an RBI for Lourdes (12-5). One of Funk's hits was a triple.
n Milton 5,
MILTON -- The Black Panthers won every match in straight sets to end their regular season on a high note. Milton finishes at 10-8, 8-6 in the HAC-I.