By Kenny Varner
WINGATE – Two top legendary District 6 softball programs met up Monday as Bald Eagle Area hosted MIfflin County.
It was an early pitchers duel with the Eagles’ hurler Sierra Albright went against Madison Wolfgang in a non-league contest.
Both finished in double-digit strike outs. Albright finished with 10 while Wolfgang tallied 11.
Five of the six batters in the contest were strike outs.
In the end, the Huskies were able to post a 3-run sixth inning to take the victory 3-0.
Neither team was able to find their way on base as the contest headed into the top of the fourth. Both pitchers were also flirting with not only a no-hitter but perfect game half way through the game.
“This was probably one of the best all-around ( both team) I’ve been involved with,” said MIfflin County coach Craig Weston. “Maddy Wolfgang pitched a heck of game. Sharpy (Alaina Sharp), I can’t say enough about our catcher back there, setting up, giving targets. Maddy was hitting her spots. We had timely hitting. We played small ball.”
Mifflin County’s Dakota Hersberger reached base finally in the fourth with a walk.
Minutes later teammate Sophie McCurdy followed with an infield hit, putting runners on first and second with two out.
However, Albright notched a strikeout to end the inning with the Huskies stranding two.
“All in All., I think this game only gives good benefits for us down the road. They’re (MIfflin County) a good team,” said Bald a Eagle coach Don Lucas. “We’re a 2A school and they’re a 6A. We told them we’re not looking for excuses. We need to be a little better at the plate. Sierra played good enough to win. She was on spot all game.”
Bald Eagle notched their first hit in the bottom of the inning when leadoff hitter Kailey Eckert roped a single into left.
In the top of the fifth, the Huskies started to get a little two out lightning going.
With two outs, Alexis O’Brien singled and stole second, putting herself in scoring position.
But Albright again ended the inning with a strike out.
Mifflin County started off the sixth with a lead off single by Hine. She moved up to second on an bunt hit by Arika Henry.
Hershberger loaded the bases with a bunt single of her own, hustling out a ball hit softly in the infield.
Albright two in a row.
Jalee Bodtorf bounced into a fielders choice but reached base safely with Rine scoring on the play, making it 1-0.
Mackenna Yoder singled in both Henry and Hershberger, upping the lead to three.
Albright ended the rally.
In the sixth, the Huskies were finally able to get runs across, posting three.
Defensively, MIfflin County was able to keep the Eagles to just a second hit by Eckert before sending the game into the seventh.
Going into the final stanza, the Lady Huskies held a 3-0 advantage.
Bald Eagle Area refused to go down without a fight.
In their last at bats, Ava Stere posted a 1-out double, putting her in scoring position. She moved to third on a single back the middle by Shae Housel. Housel was caught trying to stretch the single into a double and was pegged out by catcher Alaina Sharpe.
“That’s a heck of a well coached team,” said Weston about Bald Eagle. They have a really good softball team over there.”
Bald Eagle Area is back in action Tuesday as it hosts Penns Valley.
Mifflin County battles Cedar Cliff on Wednesday.