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Lady Panthers just miss the upset

MILESBURG — Bald Eagle Area softball coach Don Lucas could tell when the Penn Cambria team arrived here Monday that the Lady Panthers had bad intentions.

“You could tell they had upset written all over their faces,” he said.

And the Lady Panthers very nearly did upset the second-seeded Lady Eagles, falling 2-1 in eight innings. In a District 6 3A quarter-final game.

“They didn’t play like a seventh-seeded team,” Lucas said. “Hats off to them.”

Penn Cambria signaled its intentions right away, scratching out a run in the top of the first when Lora Davis flared a double into short center, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when a throw to try to pick her off third sailed down the left field line.

BEA tried to answer, loading the bases with two out in the bottom of the first, but Casey Reese got Autumn Tobias to pop up to short.

BEA tied it up in the fourth when Madison Peters opened wit a single and courtesy runner Brin Bisel took second on a single by King, moved to third on a sacrifice by Tobias and scored and Madison Perry’s come backer to Reese.

A pitcher’s duel followed as Peters retired nine in a row before giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. Meanwhile, Reese retired 13 Lady Eagles in a row until the eighth .

Makenna Baney rapped a one-out single to start what would become the game-winning rally. Pinch-runner Maddison Hilgar stole second, before Mara Hockenberry bounced out to short. Lady Panthers’ coach John Casale elected to walk the next two batters to load the bases for King. and she made him pay, lining a single over short to drive in Hilgar with the winning run.

“We were going for the force out,” Casale said. “We checked the scorebook and we had struck her (King) out earlier. And who knows, one of those other girls might have gotten a hit.

‘We had our opportunities to win it. We made some mental errors and we just couldn’t pull it out. But the difference was their pitcher. When a pitcher like that gets behind she had the confidence she can come back.”

Peters finished the day with a three-hitter and nine strikeouts, walking none. King had two of BEA’s four hits off Reese.

“I told her that when someone walks two hitters to get to you it’s time to make some noise,” Lucas said. “She did.“”

BEA will now face Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday in the semifinals at Milesburg at 4 p.m.

PENN CAMBRIA (1): C Reese, p, 300, Davis, c, 212, S Reese, ss, 301, Rabatin 2b, 300, Sral, 1b, 300, Podrasky 2b, 300, Britton 3b, 300, Long, dp, 300, Clark, rf, 300, Conrad lf, 300. Totals: 26 1 3

BALD EAGLE AREA (2): Baney lf, 401, Hilgar, pr, 010, Hockenberry, cf, 300, Caldana dp, 300, Peters p, 201, Bisel cr, 000, M. Fisher, cr, 000, Kiing, c, 302, Tobias 3b, 200, Perry, ss, 300, Kiniley, 2b, 300, Eckley rf, 300, L. Fisheer 1b, 000. Totals: 26 2 4

SCORE BY INNINGS

Penn Cambria 100 000 00 — 1 3 0

Bald Eagle Area 000 100 01 — 2 4 1

E – King. 2B – Davis; SB – Hockenberry, Hilgar; Sac – King. RBI, Perry, King: LOB, BEA 7, PC, 2.

PITCHING

Penn Cambria

C. Reese, (L), 7.2 IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 1 SO

BALD EAGLE AREA

Peters(W), 8 IP, 3H, 1R, 0 BB, 9 SO

Records: BEA 17-4 , Penn Cambria 11-8

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