Late Saturday: Juniata bats help sweep season series with rival EJ
May 16, 2022

Photos by Bob Hockenbrock

By Kenny Varner

MIFFLINTOWN –  Saturday the rivalry was renewed for the second time in a week.

Juniata hosted rival East Juniata in an early morning baseball contest.

The game would be an early back-and-forth affair until the Indians got hot at the plate and finished with the 11-4 Tri-Valley League contest.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, the Indians rallied for a 6-run inning to break a 3-3 tie.

From there, Juniata controlled the contest as it outhit the Tigers 13-6.

Leading the Indians on the mound and at the plate was Josh Bomberger.

Bomberger went three innings allowing three hits, three runs and struck out two in the win.

Offensively, Bomberger led all hitters with three hits. He went 3-for-4 3runs and an RBI. Grant Reinhold went 3-for-5, with a triple, double and a single. He also had 2RBIs and scored three times.

Teammates Seth Laub and Darren Harper finished with 2-hit performance. Laub highlighted his night with a triple an RBI and three runs. Harper scored twice in the victory.

Pacing the East Juniata batters were Owen Yorks and Kolten Martin who both finished with two hits each.

Juniata struck first with two runs in the first inning.

Harper led off the game with a single. He stole second.

Reinhold scored Harper on a single into right field.

While standing in third later in the inning, Reinhold scored on a wild pitch, making it a 2-0 contest.

East Juniata tied the contest at two .

Tate Jamison led things off with a si file into left field.

With one out, Jamison moved up a base on an error. He scored on an RBI double by Martin.

Martin would later score on a single by Ritzman.

Bouncing back in the bottom of the inning, the Indians took back the lead scoring one in the second.

Bomberger led things with a liner into left and moved up to second.

He later scored on a Reinhold RBI single.

East Juniata knotted the game at three.

Things were sailing along pretty good defensively for East Juniata in the third, getting two quick outs in the inning.

However, the Indians caught some two-out lightning to rally to score six runs.

Logan Kehler kept the inning alive with an innocent single into left.

Carson Kepner loaded the bases.

Landon Sheaffer kept it going taking the pitch to opposite field with a single to right field.

Dawson Harper brought in Kehler as she hit a sizzler back into left center.

Bomberger hit an RBI single into left, scoring Sheaffer on the hit.

Reinhold reached on an error that also scored Kepner.

Laub blasted a shot in the corner in right, clearing the bases and landing him on third with a triple.

When the dust settled, Juniata padded its lead to 9-3.

That would be all the boost Juniata would need as they allowed only one more East Juniata run the rest of the game, ending the contest as a 11-4 victory.


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