Bald Eagles’ patience leads them to victory over Rams
May 5, 2023

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Patience was a virtue.

Despite only getting one hit in the contest, the Bald Eagle baseball team was able to pull out a convincing victory over Penns Valley as the teams renewed acquaintance’s Friday at Bald Eagle high school, winning 5-2.

Leading the Penns Valley offense was led by Jon Meyer and Miles Brooks who both had two hits each.

But it would be the manufacturing of runs by the Eagle that helped them to the Friday afternoon Mountain League victory.

“That’s what this team has done is manufacture runs. We have good speed, and we take advantage of that. We’ve done well to take what good teams give us,” said Bald Eagle Area coach James Gardner. “Wyatt settled in nicely and pitched a great game for us. Our defense is real good. That keeps us right there. “

Penns Valley jumped to an early first inning advantage, posting two runs.

Miles Brooks led off the game with a single to left field in between the first and second baseman.

Teammate Jon Meyer followed with a single of his own own.

Brooks scored on a blast from Dakota Brodzina. Brodzina posted a stand up double putting Meyer on third.

Hayden Houser scored Meyer on a fielders choice, making it a 2-0 contest.

Eagles’ pitcher Wyatt Coakley struck out the side in the second.

But in the bottom of the inning, Bald Eagle Area battled back to take the lead.

Carson Nagle got the inning going with a 1-out walk. Justin Bisel followed with a walk of his own.

Kaden Burns hustled out a fielders choice to set the stage for Parker Quick. Quick singled in Nagle and Bisel, giving the Eagles the lead.

Cam Watkins’ sacrifice fly brought in Burns to end the Eagles scoring in the second.

The Eagles defense settled in keeping the Rams off the scoreboard in the third, fourth, fifth  innings.

But in the third, the Eagles added another run.

After walking early in the inning, Gavin Eckley scored on a fielders’ choice by Yoder.

In the fifth, the Wagles add an insurance run.

The Rams were on the verge of scoring in the top of the sixth but the Eagles defensive shut the Rams cold at the plate.

With Hayden Houser on the base paths, teammate Jarrett Stover doubled  on a blast to right centerfield. , Bald Eagle’s center fielder Cam Watkins hit the cut off to second baseman Tayten Yoder. Yoder gunned a perfect throw to catcher Kaden Burns. Burns puts the tag to Houser pegging him out at home.

From there, the Eagles kept the momentum and went onto to take home the win on Senior night.

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