Baseball: BEA gets extra-innings win over Bellefonte, 4-3

By BILL ALBRIGHT

Express Sports Writer

BELLEFONTE — The only thing certain when Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area meet head-on in an athletic event is that you can simply toss the record books out the window.

Tuesday afternoon at John Montgomery Field at Governor’s Park, that was quite evident as the two baseball teams locked horns in a Mountain League contest.

Unable to settle the issue in the regulation seven innings, the two teams treated the fans to some bonus baseball with the score all even at 3-all after seven innings.

Then in the tenth, the Eagles made it happen as they scratched out a run to walk off with a hard-fought 4-3 win to earn bragging rights in the Valley.

In the tenth and deciding frame, Jaden Jones led off with a sharp single to right and was sacrificed to second by Matt Reese.

Dylan Bisel was plunked by a pitch and Caleb Burns worked Red Raider reliever Seth Shuey for a free pass before Kael Gardner took a called third strike.

With the bases juiced, the Eagles weren’t about to let the opportunity get away from them as Tommy Snyder worked Shuey for a bases loaded walk to force Jones across the dish with what would prove to be the winning run.

Bisel, who relieved BEA starter Noah Williamson, took matters in his own hands as he sandwiched fly ball outs around a ground out for a 1-2-3 inning to preserve the win.

“Noah (Williamson) has pitcher well for us all year,” said BEA head coach Jim Gardner. “Every time he has pitched he has given us an opportunity to win the game. But also give a lot of credit to Dylan Bisel who came in and really, really wanted it. I am very pleased with his effort and right now, he is feeling good about himself and he deserves to.”

Both teams got on the scoreboard in the third with single runs.

Jones doubled to right-center and scored on Bisel’s infield single before the Raiders got themselves even when Dylan Young was plunked by a Williamson pitch and later scored on a BEA error.

The 1-all tie was short-lived as the Raiders pushed a pair of runs across in the fourth on just one hit as the Eagles were guilty of a costly miscue and a pair of walks for a 3-1 Bellefonte lead that stood up until the seventh inning.

In the BEA seventh, the Eagles tallied a pair of runs in a rather bizarre fashion.

Shane Seeger drew a one-out walk and Jones followed with a single to shortstop.

Reese went down on strikes, but in between the Jones hit and the final out of the inning, a wild pitch allowed both Seeger and Jones to score, Seeger from third and Jones from second.

“I’ll have to give all the credit to Jaden on that play because he made the decision on his own,” said Gardner. “I was kind of the observer there and he saw the opportunity, read it very well and just went for it and scored easily.”

“We just didn’t execute in that case. We kind of let our emotions get to us and lost our cool and didn’t have guys in the places they needed to be,” said Bellefonte head coach Jon Clark. “They should have been crashing on the ball, instead they became spectators. In a loss like this one you can look at that situation as a critical moment, but the truth of the matter is we had more opportunities to put runs on the board and didn’t get it done. After they scored those two runs, the batter lined out to first on the next pitch, but that is the game of baseball.”

Both teams received outstanding starting and relief pitching as Bobby Marsh and Shuey combined for the Raiders while Williamson and Bisel teamed up for the Eagles.

“Bobby (Marsh) came in and did exactly what we wanted him to do,” said Clark. “He mixed his pitches well, kept them off balance and was throwing strikes. The unfortunate thing is that he got caught up in the pitch-count rule. He wanted to finish it, but he just ran out of pitches. We had Seth (Shuey) ready and he has pitched in big games and tough situations before. We just had a couple of balls get away from us where it allowed them to go from first-and-second to second-and third and the last one allowed both of them to score. That is the tough thing with a loss like this one because when these teams play, you can throw the records away. Both teams are well-coached and if nothing else, it was an entertaining game for the fans. Sometimes winning or losing a game comes down to inches, but again, that is the way baseball is.”

The Eagles finished with nine hits and Gardner was somewhat puzzled why his club didn’t hit well early the game.

“I am still puzzled as to why we weren’t able to hit the ball better earlier in the game,” Gardner said. “But when you get two runs off of no hits, we’ll take it because that is kind of the way things have gone against us of late. We caught a break there and then were able to score the winning run on a bases-loaded walk, but that is baseball. We’ll take it right now and it is a good win for us after some very trying games. Hopefully we can carry that the rest of the way to finish out the season strong.”

BEA 001 000 200 1 — 4 9 3

Bellefonte 001 200 000 0 — 3 6 1

Noah Williamson, Dylan Bisel (6) and Kyler Cunningham. Bobby Marsh, Seth Shuey (7) and Colton Burd. WP: Bisel. LP: Shuey. 2B: Jaden Jones (BEA) 1, Bobby Marsh (B) 1. SH: Matt Reese (BEA) 1, Williamson (BEA) 1.

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