The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 19, 2013

High school sports: Valley teams gear up for postseason


Milton, the two seed in AAA, is led by Taylor Batman and Dani Lincoln on the mound. Batman and Lincoln have each tossed a shutout, while combining to throw another in a 12-0 victory over Shikellamy on April 25. The Black Panthers (13-7) have been paced offensively by Mackenna Miller's 27 hits.

Milton will be awaiting the result of the Shamokin-Athens tilt on Thursday to see which team it will face on May 28 for a berth in the district championship game.

The Indians clinched a berth with a win over Midd-West to push their record to 10-9 before dropping their season finale. Olivia Bonshock has laced 17 hits for the Indians to lead the team.

In the District 3 Class A bracket, four-time defending champion Greenwood is in the field with a 6-10 record. Unlike District 4, District 3 uses a points system to qualify teams for the postseason, allowing the Wildcats to qualify. Wildcats outfielder Amy Heggenstaller, a Daily Item preseason All-Star, has been their best hitter. Greenwood will face top seed Upper Dauphin on Thursday in the semifinal round.

On the boys side, Shamokin found a win when it mattered most, winning the second game of a Thursday doubleheader at Central Columbia to qualify in District 4-AAA. The Indians travel to Bowman Field in Williamsport to face top-seeded Jersey Shore on Friday.

In the Class AAA two-three matchup, Midd-West and Mifflinburg will face off at 4:30, also at Bowman Field. Senior southpaw Oakley Whitesel will be a candidate to toe the rubber for Mifflinburg while the Mustangs could send one of three seniors -- Austin Hockenbroch, Alex Lash or Colton Keister -- to the hill. The Mustangs swept the Wildcats during the regular season in Heartland Division I play.

In AA, if Southern Columbia can take out Mansfield at home Tuesday, the Tigers will play at East Juniata in a quarterfinal Friday. Third-seeded East Juniata tied for second in the Tri-Valley League.

In District 3 Class AA, Upper Dauphin, winner of eight of its last nine games, faces Camp Hill today at 4:30.

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