Age and experience overcame youth and anxiety at the Milesburg Little League Field on Saturday as the Bald Eagle Area softball team beat Penns Valley 10-0 in six innings.
The veteran Lady Eagles racked up eight hits against Penns Valley pitchers Harley Hess and Emma Kubalak and also took advantage of four Lady Ram errors to pick up the win.
The trouble started early for the Lady Rams as they committed a pair of errors in the first inning. Two runs scored on one error and the other came home on Logan Fisher’s infield out.
“We’re young,” said Penns Valley coach Don Lucas. “We have eight sophomores — actually we have one freshman — in the lineup and when you’re young like that you need to get out on the field and practice and we haven’t been able to get outside. But our mistakes are correctable and hopefully we will play ourselves into being a better team. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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For the Lady Eagles, who return seven starters from last year’s PIAA runnerup team, it was the defense that had coach Curt Heverly smiling, turning a 6-3-2 double play and playing error-free ball.
“Our defense was pretty solid,” he said. “So far this year our defense has been really tough. And our pitcher (Moreta Dyke) pitched a nice game. She walked three but overall it was a nice game.”
Dyke finished the day allowing a pair of singles, walking three and striking out two.
After tacking on solo runs in the second and fourth innings, the Lady Eagles exploded for four runs in the fifth as Kieghan Walker reached on an error, Morgan Peters singled and Dallis Dillon walked to load the bases. Haley Giedroc cleared them with a triple into the right-center gap. She scored on a passed ball.
“You want someone like Giedroc at the plate in that situation,” Lucas said. “Looking back maybe I should have walked her and just given up the one run. But I looked up at the scoreboard in the fifth and it was 5-0. We were right there. We just need to play a seven-inning game.”
While the Lady Eagles recorded eight hits, Heverly was looking for more production out of his lineup since Giedroc and Marissa Tobias had half of those hits.
“We hit fairly well,” Heverly said. “Morgan Nyman had a nice bunt in the first inning to get us going. We need some girls to step up and hit the ball. Our hitting should get better. It’s not where we would like it to be.”