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Lady Eagles offense lifts BEA to D6 title over Chestnut Ridge

By Kenny Varner

LORETTO – Soaring to a District 6 Title.

Having a young team at the beginning of the season, Bald Eagle Area Coach Don Lucas has seen his players mature fast and play way above their age.

On Friday night, that confidence once again showed as the Lady Eagles scores early and often as it went against a spunky Chestnut Ridge team.

Bald Eagle had an answer for everything that the Lions threw at them as they were able to hold onto the 9-5 victory, despite a gutsy late game rally.

Maddie Peters picked up the hard fought victory for the Lady Eagles while her teammates up and down the order made their at bats count when they were asked to make a play.

“We’ve been working on our offense all year and I told them that I didn’t think we played our best game yet. I think tonight we did that,” said Lucas. “ Coming back is important in team sports. They scored an then we came back once or twice. Up and down the line up. I thought we did great.”

Bald Eagle took a 2-0 advantage going into the second inning.

After holding the Lions scoreless, it was her offense’s time to add to the lead.

Maddie Perry led off the inning with a single to centerfield.

She moved up to third on consecutive wild pitches.

Madison Eckley grounded into a fielders choice that scored Perry and was miscued by a Chestnut Ridge player.

Eckley then took to the ground running, stealing second and putting herself in scoring position for Makena Baney. Baney did not disappoint as she roped an RBI single, upping it to 4-0.

With the 4-0 advantage, Bald Eagle was at it again in the fourth as it rallied another run in grand fashion.

With Eckley on base via a seeing-eye single, She then stole a base and moved up to third thanks to a wild pitch.

Baney followed with a picture-perfect bunt allowing Eckley to score on the suicide squeeze. Baney also hustled our the bunt for the single.

Holding the 5-0 advantage, Chestnut Ridge managed to put one across on Bald Eagle. MaKayla Weyant sizzled a shot to centerfield that cleared the wall, making it 5-1.

The Lions added two more in the bottom of the fifth to make it a ball game at 5-3.

But the Lady Eagles were unphased and went right back to work offensively, adding four more runs in the top of the sixth, giving them a lot of security, leading 9-3.

Despite two lone runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Eagles still shined to the end and captured another District 6 title, and adding to its legacy.

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