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Bald Eagle Area rebounds to 10-run PV

By Kenny Varner

SPRING MILLS – Quite the rebound.

After falling Monday to Laurel Highlands foe Philipsburg-Osceola, the Bald Eagle Area baseball team was back in action against Penns Valley.

Solid pitching from Weston McClain set the tone for the Eagles in the 10-0 six inning win over the Rams. McClain went the distance, allowing only three hits while striking out nine.

Tayten Yoder led the way with a 2-for-3 evening at the plate.

“This game had a weird way it played out. But some times they do here. When opposing pitchers are struggling you just don’t know. They throw well. They throw hard. It was just hard for us to dig in and look for a pitch when they were all over the place,” said Bald Eagle Area’s coach Jim Gardner. “First and foremost Weston McClain set the tone as the starting pitcher. He pitched an outstanding game. Defensively we were very strong. We scratched runs out any way we could. We scored in just about every way you could score runs.”

The Eagles got the scoring started in the top of the third, lead off hitter Kahale Burns walked and then stole second. He advanced to third via an infield hit by Tayten Yoder.

Burns scored on a wild pitch, making it a 1-0 contest.

Yoder also moved up to second on the wild pitch, putting him in scoring position.

Dubbs made the most of his second at bat, roping an RBI single to right.

Going into the bottom part of the inning, the Eagles had a comfortable 2-0 advantage.

McClain was strong in his first two innings on the bump tossing a quick back-to-back 1-2-3 innings.

Penns Valley tried to erase the Bald Eagle lead loading the bases.

Hayden Fettenberger reached on a walk. Jon Meyer got his team’s first hit as he blasted a shot into center.

Teammate Ben Karc loaded things up as he was plunked on a McClain offering.

But McClain put out the fire, striking Jarrett Stover out to keep things at 2-0.

Things started to explode offensively in the fourth with Bald Eagle extending its lead to 5-0.

Connor Perry walked to get things started.

Cam Watkins placed a picture-perfect bunt single, putting runners on first and second.

With one out, Gavin Burns loaded the bases.

RBI sacrifice fly scoring Perry.

Watkins scored on a wild pitch.

Burns scored on a bases loaded plunk to teammate Yoder.

McClain continued to battle on the mound, tossing a 1-hitter through four innings.

Penns Valley refused to go down without a fight, getting runners in scoring position.

Fettenberger reached on an Eagle error. He would be joined on base by Meyer who hit a blooper into shallow left field, putting runners on first and second.

However, the Bald Eagle defense kept things from progressing any further, keeping the shut out in tact.

The visitors added some insurance runs in the sixth, extending its lead to  10-0 when the dust settled in the top of the sixth.

Jarrett Stover refused to see his Rams go down easy as he blasted a shot to right centerfield that landed him with a triple.

But McClain took care of the rest, striking out the side to end the contest.

Early in the contest, Bald Eagle rallied to put runners on the base paths in the second. Brayden Dubbs, Kaden Burns and Connor Perry all walked to load the bases but Rams’ Pitcher Jon Meyer struck out the Eagles, keeping it a scoreless contest.

Bald Eagle Area  10, Penns Valley 0 (6 innings)

BEA 002 305 x – 10 6 1

PV   000 000 x –   0 3 1

WP: Weston McClain

LP: Jon Meyer

Multiple hitters: BEA –   Tayten Yoder 2-for-3 2RBIs,run. PV –  None.

HR: BEA –   None. PV –  None.

3B: BEA –   None. PV – Jarrett Stover  .

2B: BEA – Tayten Yoder   . PV –  None.


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