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Bald Eagle holds onto tough 3-2 victory over Lady Chucks

By Kenny Varner MILESBURG – They can beat you in many different ways. Friday night, the Bald Eagle Area softball team flexed its offensive muscle and blasted 16 hits in a convincing victory over a tough Holidaysburg team. Monday afternoon it would be pitching, defense and a opportunistic “small ball” concept that would help lead the Eagles to victory over the visiting Punxsutawney Lady Chucks 3-2. It was a strong pitching match up to start as Kylee Lingenfelter took to the mound for Punxsy while Bald Eagle battled back with Sidney Shultz. Both combined for a total of seven hits in the game. Lingenfelter went the distance for the Chucks, striking out six while not walking anyone. She allowed four hits. Shultz went five innings and allowed two hits and only one earned run. Moreta Dyke relieved Shultz in the six and seventh, holding them at bay in both innings to pick up the save. She allowed just a 2-out single in the seventh. “Their pitchers (Lingenfelter) pretty good. We knew they had one up there. She threw the ball hard,” Bald Eagle Area manager Curt Heverly said. “Our defense was solid tonight. With the exception of on miscue I thought we had a good night defensively.” Leading the way offensively for the winners were Haley Giedroc, Marisa Tobias, McKenzie Proctor and Megan Kresovich all sported at least one hit in the contest. Olivia Andreas, Tobias and Kresovich all finished with an RBI. Shultz cruised through the first inning, getting some defensive help from first baseman Logan Fisher who set the tone early diving for a foul ball right off first base. The only blemish in the top of the first was a walk Punxsy catcher Lexi Cielo. In the bottom of the inning, Bald Eagle got on the board first, plating a run. Haley Giedroc led off the Eagles’ portion of the first with a double deep into the annals of centerfield. Mikala Smith moved Giedroc over as she layed down a picture perfect sacrifice bunt, sending her to third. With Giedroc waiting to come home, Proctor was up for the challenge when she plastered a high shot into right field, allowing Giedroc to score on a sacrifice fly. Both pitchers took over in the second and third innings as no runs even got close to being scored. However, both teams fortunes would change drastically in the fourth. Trailing 1-0, the Lady Chucks’ offense got going, playing two when the dust settled. Nicole DiPietro led off the inning with a walk. Shaina Pointer smoked a shot into centerfield and through on a Bald Eagle miscue, tying the game at one. Standing at second, Pointer moved up 90 more feet when she stole third. Punxsutawney went up and took the lead thanks to an RBI single by Sam Satterlee. It didn’t take the Eagles much time to retaliate and take back the lead. Thanks to an RBI single by Kresovich and an RBI fielders choice by Andreas, giving her team all the runs her team would need the rest of the night. There is no rest for the weary as Bald Eagle girls will be back in action today. Lurking in the shadows today is Philipsburg-Osceola . The Eagles will travel to the Mounties with hopes of a strong performance. “We got a real tough one tommorrow”, Heverly said. “If we win that I think that puts back on top of the league.”

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