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High School Baseball - Week Seven Summary

Top-seeded Millersburg, UDA
will play in TVAA semi-finals
By Mike Hutchins, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Finally, Mother Nature cooperates and gives the area baseball weather – and the regular season is over.

There still is, however, plenty of baseball to be played.

Both Millersburg (13-4 overall, 8-3 TVAA) and Upper Dauphin (11-8 overall, 7-4 TVAA) qualified to play in the Tri-Valley Athletic Association’s postseason playoff tournament.

The Indians, for the first time since 1964, won a baseball championship by capturing first place in the TVAA East Division. They will host Juniata, the second place squad out of the West Division, Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Millersburg’s MYO Park.

The Trojans finished second in the East and will play at Susquenita May 13 at 4:30 p.m. The Blackhawks, who suffered their only league loss of the season to Millersburg last week, were the West Division champions.

The winners of those two games are scheduled to meet Friday, May 15 at Newport High School at a time to be determined.

Beyond the league playoffs, five of the six area baseball teams have qualified for their respective district playoffs.

Millersburg currently is the top ranked District 3-A team. Halifax is ranked third in District 3-A. Upper Dauphin finds itself as the current eighth seeded team in District 3-AA. Both Line Mountain (District 4-A) and Tri-Valley (District11-A) have qualified for the postseason.

Millersburg 4, Susquenita 2, May 7. Ethan Troutman pitched a stellar game against the potent Blackhawk offense, as the Indians closed the door on the East Division championship.

Troutman tossed a complete game, allowing just two runs on five hits. He allowed just one free pass and struck out five batters.

The Hawks worked a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Indians came back to tie the game, 1-1, in the top of the third. Cole Shomper singled to lead off the inning, and courtesy runner Matt Snyder eventually scored on a fielder’s choice by Austin Lehman.

Susquenita bounced right back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning, but once again Millersburg rallied to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI sacrifice by Ty Coleman.

The Indians took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning.

Lehman, who had two hits in the game, had a one-out single. He stole second base and then scored on an error. Connor Keim (2-for-4), who reached on the error eventually scored the final run.

Line Mountain 9, Williams Valley 1, May 7. J.P. Lenker hit a home run, and Kenny Boyer drove in two runs as the Eagles picked up a non-league win.

Kellan Masser was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits over six innngs. Masser had two RBIs as well.

Brady Michael had two hits and drove in a run.

Nine different Eagle players scored a run.

Nativity 5, Tri-Valley 4, May 6. Tri-Valley scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but could not hang on for the win, as Nativity scored three runs in the fifth inning and the game winner in the sixth.

Hunter Herb had three hits, including a double and home run, scored twice and drove in three runs

Schuylkill Haven 13, Williams Valley 3, May 6. The Vikings pounded out 11 hits, but the defense commited six errors and the Hurricanes scored seven unearned runs.

Andrew Underkoffler and Scott Whitcomb both had two hits. Kenny Ross, Zach Ulsh and Whitcomb all had a double.

Halifax 4, Annville-Cleona 0, May 5. Sam Cook pitched seven innings of four-hit ball. He did not allow a walk and struck out three in the big non-league shutout victory.

Luke Blasick was 3-for-3 and scored twice and drove in two RBIs. Koby Minnich had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice.

UDA 10, Newport 1, May 5. Upper Dauphin closed out its regular season in the TVAA with an offensive outburst. Tanner Miller led the attack with three hits, including a triple, and two runs scored and two RBIs.  Aaron Cleveland also had a triple. Travis Deitrich and Derrick Bordner both had a double.

Kyle Glouner was the winning pitcher as he pitched four innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Bordner pitched the final three innings and struck out six batters while facing the minimum nine hitters.

Tri-Valley 5, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg 1, May 5. Jake Masser pitched a complete game, allowing five hits. He walked one and struck out six to get the win. Tyler Lucas had a pair of doubles.

Line Mountain 11, Greenwood 0, May 5 (5 innings). Zach Bobb tossed a five-inning shutout, allowing just two hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out two batters. Bobb also scored twice. Colton Gaw had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. Kurt Mace had two RBIs. Corey Paul scored three runs.

Halifax 14, West Shore Christian 4, May 4 (5 innings). Halifax pounded out 13 hits in a 10-run rule victory. Blasick pitched the first four innings for the win, allowing five hits and only two earned runs. He struck out six batters. Sam Hoon pitched the final inning and struck out two batters.

Blasick and Jarrett Hoy both had three hits and both had five RBIs.

UDA 12, East Juniata 8, May 4. Miller, Cleveland and Max Snyder all had two hits in the Trojans’ 10-hit attack. Cleveland had two triples and two RBIs. Miller had a double and three RBIs. Snyder had a double and two RBIs.

Tri-Valley 4, Williams Valley 2, May 4. With the game locked up, 2-2, in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs scored twice to pull the game out against the rival Vikings.

Dominic Carado led off with a single. A walk put two runners on base. After two putouts by the Vikes, a pair of throwing errors allowed two runs to score.

The Dawgs scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Logan Yoder and Carado singled, and J. Masser followed with a two-run double.

Williams Valley pushed a run across in the top of the fifth inning. Travis Graff singled, but a throwing error allowed a run to score. In the sixth inning, Williams Valley scored a run on an RBI single by Scott Whitcomb.

Zach Ulsh pitched a good game for Williams Valley, allowing just two earned runs on six hits.

Hunter Bordner pitched the final two innings to earn the win. Will Kimmel threw the first four innings, allowing one run on four hits.

Nativity 16, Williams Valley 6, May 2. Underkoffler had a hit and two RBIs, and Ulsh had a double in a game in which a team spokesman said the Vikings (4-16 overall) simply got thumped.

 



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