By Kenny Varner
WINGATE – McGwire Heverly struck out 11 batters and smashed a 3-run home run helping the Bald Eagle baseball team to a convincing 12-2 6-inning victory over Mountain League rival Huntingdon Wednesday night.
“After a rough start there in the first he (Heverly) settled in real nice in the second with striking out the side on 10 pitches so we were very pleased with that,” said Bald Eagle coach Jim Gardner. “In the second we hit well and took advantage of some things and poured it on when we had the opportunity to.”
The Bearcats struck first, plating one in the first inning. Ashton Steele led off the game with a walk. Eric Mycut followed with a walk of his own.
With one out, Ryan Marshall loaded the bases with a walk.
Steele later scored on a wild pitch.
Heverly settled in and finished the inning striking out Ryan Hack and then forcing Gavin Woodward to ground into a fielders choice to limit the damage to just a run.
The Eagles went down 1-2-3 in the first, putting the Bearcats back at the plate.
Heverly struck out the side in order in the top of the second, giving his team something to build off of.
Bald Eagle came back in a huge way in the bottom of the inning.
The Eagles sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning resulting in 11 runs.
Heverly helped his own cause blasting a double to start off the inning. He was replaced on the base paths by teammate Mike Snyder.
Justin Bisel hustled out an infield hit.
With one out, Tyler Serb blasted an RBI double scoring Snyder.
With two out, Cameron Watkins grounded a slow roller to short and beat out the throw as the Bearcat first baseman couldn’t keep his foot on the bag, keeping inning alive.
Kahale Burns hustled out an infield slow roller, scoring Bisel.
Gavlock reached by an error by Huntingdon, allowing Watkins to hustle home, giving the team a 3-1 advantage.
Still rolling on, the Eagles continued to light things up extending the contest to a 5-1 lead when Heverly stood back up to plate in the inning.
He quickly brought in Gavlock and Hayden Vaughn on a blast to left centerfield.
Serb would pick up two more RBIs in the inning on another double, ending the inning plating 11 runs.
From there the Eagles never looked back as Heverly continued to be tough on the mound.
Huntingdon would score a run in the fourth but that would be all the Bearcats would muster.
The Eagles ended things in the bottom 6th when Wyatt Coakley was reached home.
With the bases loaded and Coakley on third, teammate Vaughn was hit by a pitch, ending the game 12-2.
Bald Eagle cranked out 13 hits and Heverly struck out 11 in the six inning contest.
Bald Eagle Area 12, Huntingdon 2 (6 innings)
HUN 1 00 100 x – 2 5 3
BEA 0 110 002 x -12 13 1
WP – McGwire Heverly
LP – Ashton Steele
Multiple hits: Huntingdon – Ryan Hack 2-for-3. Bald Eagle Area – Kahale Burns 2-for-4 run,RBI, Hayden Vaughn 2-for-3 2RBI, Heverly 2-for-3, 3RBI, 2runs, Justin Bisel 2-for-2 2 runs, Tyler Serb 3-for-3 2RBIs.
HR: BEA – Heverly. Huntingdon – None.
2B: Bald Eagle – Heverly, Serb (2). Huntingdon – None.