Hornets one game from state title tilt
NEWPORT — The Juniata Valley baseball team is one win away from playing for a state title.
The Green Hornets punched their ticket to the PIAA 1A semifinals on Thursday with a 6-2 win over MMI Prep at Newport High School. Juniata Valley (17-5) will play Halifax on Monday in the semifinals. The Wildcats downed Tri-Valley, 2-1, in another quarterfinal game Thursday. The other side of the bracket has Southern Fulton playing Eden Christian on Monday.
T.J. Wilson helped Juniata Valley to the victory, pitching five innings, scattering four hits, giving up two runs but none earned. He struck out nine and walked no one.
Offensively, Junaita Valley went up 1-0 in the third and made it 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth with five runs. MMI Prep (13-9) got its only runs in the top of the fifth. Dalton Dick and Jake Johnson each pitched a shutout inning in relief for the winning team.
Johnson also drove in three runs while J.T. Rodkey added two RBIs to go with a solo RBI from Nick Sodmont.
Losing pitcher Marcus Danchision gave up all six runs, four earned, in five innings of work. He also had two of the team’s four hits.
MMI PREP (2): Danchision p-rf 402, McNulty c-p 401, Williams 1b 400, Valkusky lf 201, Magula rf-c 300, Castro 3b 200, Kelly dh 300, Burns 2b 000, Nolasco cf 311, Eyerly ss 310, Spencer cr 000. Totals: 28-2-5.
JUNIATA VALLEY (6): Johnson ss-p 301, Morningstar 2b 300, Pero ph 100, Tr. Wilson c 300, TJ Wilson p-1b 201, Allison cf 2100, Dick 1b-p 210, Edwards 3b 211, Sodmont dh 120, Rodkey lf 311, Miller rf 000. Totals: 22 6 4 6.
SCORE BY INNINGS
MMI Prep 000 020 0 — 2 5 3
Juniata Valley 001 500 x — 6 4 2
LOB – MMI Prep 7, Juniata Valley 5. 3B – Johnson. SB – Valkusky, Allison. SAC – Magula. RBI–Danchision 2, Johnson 3, Sodmont, Rodkey 2. WP–Wilson. LP–Danchison. SO–Wilson 9, Danchision 5, McNulty 2. BB–Danchision 4, Dick 1. HBP — Valkusky (by Wilson), Castro (by Wilson). WP — Johnson. PB — McNulty.
Records: MMI (13-9), Juniata Valley (17-5)