MIDDLEBURG -- It was Barrett Shaffer's game to win or lose. Thanks to Steve Brouse's clutch hitting, Shaffer got the win.

Brouse stroked a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Midd-West defeated Tri-Valley League leader Juniata 3-2 Friday.

It was a big win for the Mustangs (9-6, 7-6 TVL), who avenged an earlier 13-4 loss to the Indians and moved within one victory of a District 4 playoff spot.

"This was a big win for us, because we have some tough games left," Midd-West coach Vince Keister said. "We have to win one game, but sometimes one (win) can be tough. This should give us a boost."

Shaffer, a junior left-hander, sailed through the first six innings against the hard-hitting Indians, allowing just two hits and two walks while throwing just 59 pitches.

"It was my best game (of the season) so far," Shaffer said. "My mechanics were working well, and the defense played well behind me and got the job done."

But he ran into trouble in the top of the seventh when Juniata (10-4, 10-3) -- which suffered its second one-run defeat in two days, on the heels of a 4-3 loss to Newport on Thursday -- rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it. Zach Williams singled and Nathan Pray doubled, before Pray was caught in a rundown on a grounder -- with the infield in -- to second baseman Jose Andino for the first out. Shaffer struck out the next batter, but No. 8 hitter Travis Benner delivered a first-pitch, two-run triple to deep right center to knot the score at 2. Shaffer retired Caleb Shertzer on a flyout with the go-ahead run at third to set up Midd-West's dramatic bottom of the seventh.

Ben Miller led off with a walk and Andino reached when he beat out a sacrifice bunt for a single. Hard-luck losing pitcher Zach Mills retired the next two batters to bring up designated hitter Brouse, who lined a 2-2 pitch just over the glove of first baseman Benner into right, plating Miller -- who had advanced to third on a passed ball -- with the winning run.

"With two outs, Stevie Brouse came through for us," Keister said. "He'd had a tough day at the plate, but I told him it was the last one that counts."

"This was a big win for us. We've been down a couple of games, so this gives us confidence for the rest of the season," said Shaffer, who had four consecutive innings of fewer than 10 pitches and finished with just 79 in seven innings.

The contest was scoreless through four before Midd-West took advantage of Juniata's only two errors to score two runs in the fifth. Kevin Shaffer reached on an error and Barrett Shaffer sacrificed him to second. Travis Portzline reached on a bunt single before Miller singled to center for the first run. The throw from the outfield went high over third base, allowing Portzline to score on the same play for a 2-0 lead.

"It was a well-played game where we had one inning with a couple of mistakes, and that cost us," said Juniata coach Bruce Wilson. "I though Zach (Mills) threw a great game, but in a game like this it often comes down to one pitch. That was a good pitch he threw (to Brouse)."

The Mustangs had a chance to add some insurance runs in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a hit batter, but Mills struck out the next three batters on 10 pitches to work out of the jam.

Shaffer finished with a complete-game five-hitter, striking out three and allowing just the two sixth-inning walks.

"Barrett stepped up and did a terrific job," Keister said. "He's not a hard thrower but he spots the ball well. I felt with the way he pitched, it was his game to win or lose."

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