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BEA tops PO in D6 title tilt

Bald Eagle tops Philipsburg – Oscoela in extra innings

By Kenny Varner

UNIVERSITY PARK – Call them the comeback kids.

After trailing 4-0 for most of their District 6 title tilt against Centre County rival, Philipsburg-Oscoela, the Bald Eagle Area girls softball team scored four runs in the late innings to send the game into extra innings. In the eighth, The Eagles rallied and won 5-4 in the District 6 Class AA championship game.

It was the Lady Mounties that started pitcher Chelsey Henry while the Eagles went with Makennah Dyke.

Dyke went the distance in the contest and picked up the win while Maggie Peck was the hard luck losing pitcher after coming into the game in the top of the fifth.

Top of the first BEA (0-0) tie.

Trailing 4-1 going into their next to last at bats, the Bald Eagle bats exploded onto the scene for the first time in the contest.

Marissa Tobias starting things off by reaching on a walk .

With one out, Smith reached on an Lady Mounties error.

Olivia Andrews loaded the bases thanks to a single into left

Teammate MaKenzie Proctor brought home Tobias with an RBI single, making it 4-2.

Moreta Dyke’s patience at the plate brought BEA on run closer as shje picked up an RBI walk,  upping it to 4-3.

In the process, Philipsburg replaced their starting pitcher for Maggie Peck.

After a Nyman RBI fielders choice knotting the game at four, Peck shut down the Eagles to end the inning.

After being held scoreless in the seventh, the Eagles posted a run while the Lady Mounties pulled off a rarety themselves.

Olivia Andrews started with a leadoff double to right field

She moved up to third thanks to a Proctor  infield hit .

Moreta Dyke loaded things up with a looping single to left shallow.

Despite Morgan Nyman falling into a triple play, the Eagles managed to push Andrews across the plate, giving BEA the lead for the first time in the game.

Philipsburg went quietly into the night, going down 1-2-3 in its part of the 8th, giving the Eagles the title.

Phlipsburg started out quick offensively, posting two runs in the first inning.

Abby Showers started the game off with a single  and advanced on a throwing error to first. Haley Frank kept things going laying down a sacrifice bunt. Advancing on the play was Showers.

With two outs, Haylee Heyward brought in Showers thanks to a sailing high triple into right field. Heyward’s stay on base was a longer one than most but thanks to teammate Megan Bainey, Heyward scored.

Her way of scoring was an easy one as Bainey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In the top of the second, Bald Eagle got two runners on, Olivia Andrews and MaKenzie Proctor, both reaching on walks. But the Eagles could not manufacture a rally.

Philipsburg upped its lead to 4-0 when it plated two in the bottom of the third.

Kenzie Burdge led off the inning with a simple single to centerfield. Teammate Heyward followed with a single to left field.

Henry cleared the two runners off the base path when she crushed a 2RBI double into the deepest depths of the ball park, upping the Lady Mounties’ a 4-0 lead.

P-O’s Henry was cruising along on the mound, tossing a no-hitter into the top of the fourth.

However, with one mighty swing of Mikala Smith’s bat, the no-no bid was over.

Still trailing 4-0 in the top of the fifth, Bald Eagle was able to break the shut out thanks to a Moreta Dyke triple and an RBI single into centerfield by Morgan Nyman. With the run, BEA closed the gap to just three runs.

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