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Bald Eagle Area tops Bellwood Antis in five

Bald Eagle  10, Bellwood-Antis 0 (5 inn.)

  BA 000 00 x –  0 1  4

BEA 171  1xx x -10 9 0

WP: Sierra Albright

LP: Palynn Gregg

Multiple hitters: BEA –  Kailey Eckert 2-for-3 2runs, 2RBIs, Ava Stere 2-for-3, RBI. BA – None.

HR: BEA –  None. BA –  None.

3B: BEA –  Kailey Eckert. BA –  None.

2B: BEA –  Alexis Baney. BA –  None.

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – It was business as usual for the Bald Eagle Area softball team Wednesday in their Laurel Highlands contest against Bellwood-Antis.

In the circle, the Eagles’ Sierra Abright tossed a 1-hit shut out en route to the 10-0 victory. In the process, Albright struck out 11.

Offensively, the Eagles posted nine hits on day in their first game break due to Mother Nature.

“We were just so antsy to get on the field. They came out and played well. I thought Albright pitched a good game, said Bald Eagle coach Don Lucas. “I mean obviously they (Bellwood-Antis) has a young team and up and coming. We are somewhat veteran. games like this you got to come out and play like you’re playing the second best team in the state. You can’t let your guard down. They know that so it’s important that they come out and play like that.”

Bald Eagle wasted little time in plating their first run of the game. Eckert hustled out an infield single. She stole second, putting herself in scoring position.

With two outs, teammate Ava Stere hit one back the middle for the RBI single.

After a second consecutive 1-2-3 inning by Albright, the Eagles exploded for a 7-run inning.

Alyssa King started things out posting a one-out walk.

Albright helped her own cause as she singled a shot into right field. Eckert picked up her second hit in as many innings. She blasted a shot into left field, scoring both King and Albright and Eckert landing on third via a triple.

Eckert made it 4-0 as she took advantage of a Blue Devil miscue on an Addisyn Burns blast to right field.

Stere hit her second hit on a tough blooper into shallow left, putting runners on first and second.

Sydney Thompson reached with another Bellwood-Antis error.

Shae Housel loaded the bases on a walk.

Alexis Baney cracked a clutch single into left field for a double, scoring Burns and Stere, making it a 7-0 contest.

Things continued to roll for the Eagles defense as they once again posted a quick 1-2-3 inning.

Bald Eagle added a run in the third inning, inching closer to the 10-run advantage.

Coming off the bench, Taylor Johnson posted a led off hit in the third. She was replaced by pinch runner Gabbie Perry. Perry advanced to second via a wild pitch. She later crossed the plate thanks to a RBI single by Burns.

In the fourth, the Eagles added a 10th run to put the pressure on Bellwood-Antis. Sydney Thompson scored off a miscue to put the Eagles up by double digits.

From there Albright and company shut things down en route to the victory.

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