To say Bald Eagle Area’s game with Jersey Shore on Friday was necessary, it was necessary to be a win for the Lady Eagles.
“We pointed to this (game) this week to try and get a win to pick us back up,” Lady Eagles coach Curt Heverly said, “to put us in a good spot for the district run. I think we are there now.”
BEA used a strong defensive effort and rode the arm of Sidney Shultz to pick up a 2-1 victory .
“Our defense played really well and our pitcher did a great job,” Heverly said. “This was a big win. Now they (BEA) know they can play with anybody. This team (Jersey Shore) is tough. They were undefeated and they smacked us 10-0 last year, so it was really a big win for us.”
With the win, the Lady Eagles (13-3) handed the Lady Bulldogs (10-1) their first loss of the season.
Shultz was stellar on the mound picking up a complete game victory on 90 pitches.
“ Bottom line,” Heverly said, “Sidney pitched well. She got behind a couple hitters, but overall she really stayed ahead.”
Shultz allowed just three hits, struck out three and gave up two walks.
“She was great,” Jersey Shore coach Dan Lazorka said of Shultz’s performance, “not many pitchers have done that this year. She did a lot of good things out there. We didn’t adjust very well as batters. Our hats are off to them.”
Jess Allen had two of Jersey Shore’s hits with Lydia Yorks collecting the other. Lazorka knew his team was in for a tough game coming into Friday.
“As you go through, the bullseye gets bigger on the back,” Lazorka said about his team suffering its first loss. “I told the girls, ‘Teams are going to play up to your level.’ Bald Eagle is a great team and they played up a notch today.
“They did the things they needed to; you get two hits together and get the runs in. We’ve been doing that all season, but today we didn’t do that.”
The Lady Eagles jumped on the Lady Bulldogs early on Senior Day ,thanks to seniors Haley Giedroc and Marissa Tobias. Following two outs, Giedroc stepped to the plate and smacked a double to left field wall. Tobias followed Giedroc by turning on the first pitch she faced with a single down the right field line, scoring Giedroc.
Giedroc then shifted her focus to the defensive side of the game. In the second inning, Jersey Shore’s Katie Cowfer reached on a walk and was the first out in a double play as Giedroc stepped on second base and completed the play by firing to first.
Giedroc was big in the sixth and seventh innings to wrap up the win. In the sixth, she gobbled up a ground ball to get the lead runner at second, and then finished the inning by throwing out a runner at first. In the seventh, Giedroc started by getting the first out in the inning. She committed an error on a hit from Yorks, which allowed Jersey Shore to get its lone run. However, Giedroc held her composure to get the game’s final out.
Rachel Duda hit a ball to the deep part of the infield. Giedroc fielded it cleanly and narrowly beat Duda to first.
“Haley Giedroc is an unbelieveable ball player,” Heverly said of his senior. “That last play, I don’t know anybody else around here that would’ve thrown that girl out. It is incredible to have someone like that.”
BEA tacked on the game-winning run in the fifth inning, when Logan Fischer opened the frame with a double off the left field wall. Morgan Peters followed by hitting a fly ball to center field, which was misplayed by the Lady Bulldogs, allowing courtesy runner Alexis Reese to move to third. Olivia Andrews drove in Reese with a single to left field.
“The team has struggled here and there,” Heverly said. “We had to get more togetherness and more work effort to try to make a team effort. We were really dysfunctional but I found some things out and we got them ironed out. The kids have really done well this week.”