High School Sports

High school baseball: Bald Eagle Area gets win over Altoona

An offensive outpouring that came with two outs in the second inning was just what Bald Eagle Area needed to beat Altoona 5-1 on Monday.

A lockdown pitching performance by Dylan Womer helped, too. Womer scattered five hits and struck out nine while Gage Gardner’s three-RBI triple in the second inning was the deciding swing.

Shortly thereafter, Bryan and Bryce Greene added RBIs in back-to-back at-bats and Womer shut down Altoona’s offense the rest of the way.

“They have a nice ball club,” BEA coach Jim Gardner said of Altoona (6-8). “We we’re really pleased to come out and get the win after a tough loss on Friday.”

The Eagles improved to 11-4 just three days removed from suffering a 4-2 loss to rival Penns Valley.

It didn’t take long for BEA to get that bad taste out of its mouth. Cole Long’s double off of Altoona starter John McGinley in the second inning gave BEA its first baserunner of the frame. Ben Verbitskey and Nate Cleaver drew walks to load the bases before Gardner plated them all.