Trailing by a run with just one inning left to get something done, Midd-West rallied to take a 6-5 nonleague win over Newport on Friday.
The Mustangs (1-1, 0-1 HAC-I) picked up their first win of the year by scoring twice in the seventh inning to defeat the Buffaloes.
“We were down 3-0 and it was really the fourth-inning hitting that we started getting on track and it was the heart of our order: Adrianne (Gesselman), Summer Brown (and) Brynn Markley,” Midd-West coach Pete Voss said. “Once we got a couple runs, we started playing better defense and it sort of carried over for the rest of the game.”
Summer Brown and Brynn Markley combined for six hits for the Mustangs.
Newport (0-1) scored three runs in the first inning before pitcher Caitlyn Barnes hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to put Newport ahead, 5-3.
Pitcher Adrianne Gesselman went all seven innings for Midd-West and struck out seven.
“Adrianne put the nail in the coffin. She stepped up and said ‘no more, it’s over,’” Voss said.
Central Columbia 9,
LEWISBURG — The Blue Jays exploded for all nine of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the HAC-II victory.
Danny Koch and Cody Bowman led Central (1-0) by each going 3-for-4. Koch doubled and drove in a total of four runs, while Bowman had a pair of RBIs for the Blue Jays.
Jacob Girton and Michael Cooper both went 2-for-3 for Lewisburg (0-1).
MONTOURSVILLE — Tyler Vella was a three-event winner along with Charles Rivera and Caleb Jones as the Ironmen rolled to the HAC-II victory.
Vella won the 800 (2:08.65), 1,600 (4:53.75) and the 3,200 relay; Rivera won the 100 (12.1), 400 relay and 1,600 relay; while Jones won the 200 (24.2), 400R and 1,600R for Danville (1-0).
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CATAWISSA — While he was in the process of winning three events on the track, junior Luke Rarig also claimed the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 4 inches to lead the Tigers to a dominating HAC-II win.
Rarig also won the 110 high hurdles (15.2), the 200-meter dash (23.7) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.0).
Senior Andrew Steely was a three-event winner for the Tigers (1-0) by taking the 800 (2:07.05), 1,600 (4:48.3) and the 1,600 relay.