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Bald Eagle holds off late run by Penns Valley for win

By Kenny Varner

SPRING MILLS – There was no rust shown after a week off by the Bald Eagle baseball team Tuesday as they found themselves in a typical Mountain League battle as it traveled to Penns Valley.

On the mound for the Eagles was Dylan Barnyack while the Rams countered with Mason Lieb.

Both controlled the tempo of the game as the two sizzled for most of the contest.

In the end, the it would be Barnyack  that would get the win as he went the distance allowing two runs off four hits while striking out six strike outs in the game.

Lieb was just as effective as he went six and a third innings striking out nine before being taken out and replaced by Colby Sweitzer.

I was very pleased with the effort. I was a little worried coming into the game tonight because we haven’t played in a week and Lieb is a good pitcher and we haven’t seen live pitching in a week. That’s a concern right there. We gutted out some runs and we had to work through some bad hops in the infield, “ said Bald Eagle manager Jim Gardner. “We were able to fight through that and that says a lot about our kids. I am very very confident in our defense and Barnyack out there pitching he puts the ball around the plate and let’s our defense work.”

Myles Stover scored three times and picked up a hit in the victory while teammates McGwire Heverly, Hayden Vaughn, Kyler Cunningham  and Alex Gavlock all finished with one hit each.

For Penns Valley, Dakota Brodzina led the team with a 2-for-2 night at the plate.

Others making their mark were Ty Houtz (run scored), Miles Brooks (run scored) and Lieb (RBI)

Bald Eagle picked up the game’s first hit in the top of the second.

Hayden Vaughn got one out of the infield and was able to work his way around the bases, landing on third.

But Vaughn was stranded after the Rams defense was able to clamp down and keep the game scoreless.

The Eagles scored in the top of the third.

Stover reached on a Ram miscue and later moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Noah Williamson.

A double later by Cunningham, Stover crossed the plate making it 1-0.

In the bottom of the inning, Brodzina broke up Barnyack’s no-hitter when he sent a sizzling liner just over the shortstop.

But two fly outs later, he would be stranded at first.

Going into the fifth the Eagles scored again, this time picking up two runs.

Kahale Burns and Stover would reach home. Burns reached on an error and later scored on another miscue by the Rams.

Stover walked and later scored on another run thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly by Williamson.

In the sixth, Penns Valley cut into the Eagles lead when Ty Houtz crossed the plate.

Bald Eagle added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Penns Valley made on last effort to tie or win the ball game.

Miles Brooks led off the inning as he was hit by a pitch.

With one out, teammate Malachi Thompson joined him on base as he was also plunked by a pitch.

Brooks stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch cutting it to a 4-2 contest.

But Barnyack stepped up and got out of the inning with a strike out and a grounder to shortstop, giving the Eagles the hard fought victory.

“We never quit. That’s what we talk about and we know that. We had a couple of errors early and that kind of cost us to be honest,” said Penns Valley coach Terrance Green. “We played some good ball. Mason pitched a good game. We got hot when we needed to but we just have enough time to get them. But we’re in a stretch here where we are to get here and make a run at the playoffs and get to play a bit longer.”

Bald Eagle Area 4, Penns Valley 2

BEA 001 020 1 – 4 5 0

PV   000 001 1 – 2 4 3

WP: Dylan Barnyack (BEA)

LP: Mason Lieb (PV)

Multiple hitters: Bald Eagle Area – None. Penns Valley – Dakota Brodzina 2-for-2.

HR: None.

3B: None.

2B: Penns Valley – None. Bald Eagle Area – Kyler Cunningham, McGwire Heverly.

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