Just because she had a two-run single that put Bald Eagle Area ahead of Philipsburg-Osceola didn’t excuse Megan Kresovich from her post-game housekeeping duties.
Those runs put the Lady Eagles in front 3-1 in the second inning, and they tacked on two more runs to hand the Lady Mounties their first loss of the season 5-2 Monday afternoon.
“I was really excited,” said the sophomore left-fielder as she took a break from sweeping out the home team dugout. “I just wanted to do my best for my team. It feels really good.”
Kresovich had been in and out of the lineup over the last several games before getting the start against the Lady Mounties.
“She’s been struggling a little bit lately,” said BEA coach Don Lucas. “But she picked a good time to break out of it. She came through big for us today. I’m happy for her.”
Happy wasn’t the word Kresovich chose to describe her feelings about the hit.
“It’s a big relief,” she said before returning to sweeping.
P-O took the lead in the first inning when Maggie Peck singled, stole second, went to third on Haylee Hayward’s single and scored on a single by losing pitcher Kam Harris. BEA escaped further trouble when Kresovich threw Hayward out at the plate on Harris’ single.
The BEA bats came alive in the second against Harris, who hit Olivia Andrews to start the inning. Madison Ripka sacrificed Harris to second and she went to third on a single by Morgan Peters. Mikayla Smith singled Andrews home and Kresovich ripped a single down the right field line to drive in pinch-runner Skyler Woodward and Smith. Dallis Dillon singled Kresovich to second and they both scored on a double by Brooke Woodward to make it 5-2.
“Hats off to them, they scored when they had a chance and we didn‘t,” P-O coach Jim Gonder said. “We had our chances. Kam didn‘t hit her spots like she usually does. Maggie (Peck) came in and did a great job. She gave us a chance to get back in it.’’
P-O got a solo run in the fourth when Zoe Surovec walked Henry and gave up two-out singles to Madison Lucas and Jayde Burge. But Surovec coaxed a grounder to short by Rachel Simpson to get out of the inning.
Surovec went the distance, allowing eight hits and walking two despite going to a three-ball count on nine batters.
“You always worry when you get a lot of 3-2 counts,” Lucas said. “You worry about the pitch count with a young pitcher. But she dug herself out of trouble and we helped her out. Once we got past the fourth inning, which has been biting us in the butt, it was a great game the rest of the way.
“I thought both teams played really well on defense. We hit a lot of sharp balls that they made plays on. And what can I say aboutt Dallis Dillon (BEA center fielder)? She really patrolled the outfield today.”
Dillon had five putouts including the last out of the game which dropped P-O’s record to 9-1.
“One thing I told the girls after the game is that if they thought we were going to go undefeated in this league they were not being realistic,” Gonder said. “What’s important now is how we bounce back. We have Bellefonte tomorrow (Tuesday). This league will battle-test you.”
BEA (9-3), which lost to P-O 4-1 in March, is in the middle of a brutal week which sees it going to Punxsutawney on Tuesday, Central on Thursday and Jersey Shore on Saturday.
“I think the combined number of losses for our next three opponents is five,” Lucas said. “People ask me why we want to play teams like Punxy, Williamsport and Jersey Shore and it’s because we want to be challenged. We were better today than we were the first time we played P-O and hopefully, if we play them again, we’ll be better then.”