Selinsgrove 3, Shikellamy 2
SELINSGROVE — Jake Nylund dropped to his shin guards and hands, and pressed his head — catcher's mask, helmet and all — to the dirt near home plate.
Brian Snyder's foul tip nicked Nylund's lower leg, eluding the protection of his equipment, and got more meat and bone than is typical.
The pain was immediate and obviously intense, and there wasn't much the Selinsgrove senior could do to manage it but wait ... and wait.
As Seals coach Brent Beiler and athletic trainer Jason Taylor offered support, Nylund had time to consider the extent of the damage and whether it could sideline him for any stretch.
Almost defiantly, he finished the inning behind the plate and then hobbled to the batter's box in the bottom of the inning to take his hacks. Perhaps the adversity he faced last year served as motivation Friday.
Selinsgrove 4, Mifflinburg 7
MIFFLINBURG — It was too little, too late for Selinsgrove when the Seals fell behind big early and couldn’t score until late and suffered a 7-4 loss to Mifflinburg in Heartland Athletic Conference crossover game Tuesday.
The Wildcats opened with three runs in the first inning before putting four more runs on the board in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead for sophomore starter Anthony Bennage.
“He pitched very well for us,” said Mifflinburg coach Tom Church about his right-handed starter.
The Seals responded to the Wildcats’ early rallies with three runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth, but that was it.
Josh Foster paced Mifflinburg (3-4) with a 2-for-3 day at the plate that included a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. For Selinsgrove, Morgan Fisher and Brandon Day both singled and drove in two runs to lead the way.
H.S. Baseball: Seals top Milton in error-filled game
SELINSGROVE — It didn't take all that long — a sequence of six Milton batters, actually — for Wednesday's game to slip from Selinsgrove's grasp.
When the Black Panthers offered it back with some unexpected charity, the Seals grabbed hold with both, um, flippers.
An error-aided, four-run, fourth-inning rally put Milton in front. Then sophomore Logan Hile, junior Drew Gabrielson and senior Morgan Fisher kept the Black Panthers in check while the Seals rallied for a 7-4 win in the Heartland Athletic Conference crossover.
Selinsgrove 7, Central Mountain 6 (8 inn.)
SELINSGROVE — The Seals edged the Wildcats in a wild HAC-I matchup to remain undefeated.
Brandon Day powered Selinsgrove (2-0) at the plate by batting 2-for-3 with both hits going for doubles. He also had two RBIs, a run scored and a walk.
Kyle Mertz added a 2-for-3 day and had two walks, two runs and an RBI for the Seals, who saw a 5-1 fourth-inning lead disappear when the Wildcats tallied four runs in the fifth.
Seals top Dragons in season-opening pitchers' duel
LEWISBURG — Logan Hile and Blaise Zeiders combined to pitch a two-hit shutout as Selinsgrove defeated Lewisburg 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon.
Morgan Fisher had a hit and an RBI for the Seals while Kyle Mertz had the other hit for Selinsgrove, which scored both of its runs in the third inning.
Hile struck out four in the win.
Aaron Hoover was tagged with the loss. Arthur Ramirez and Jack Marrara had a singles for the Dragons.